Rally defends special education in Puerto Rico and U.S.

first_imgAusterity imposed on Puerto Rico’s educational system by the unelected colonialist fiscal board was the target of a street rally in New York City on Dec. 14. The rally was called by the New York chapter of the Timón Committee, which works to raise awareness of special education rights — and of the struggles faced by people with disabilities and their families — both on the island and in the U.S. Photo: PIST NYCMilagros Cancel, president of Comité Timón NY, explained that Comité Timón in Puerto Rico had previously won a class action suit which granted educational civil rights specifically to Puerto Rican children. The children are also legally protected under U.S. federal laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act.The parent organization in Puerto Rico continues to defend these rights against attacks, including layoffs, hundreds of school closings and most recently a proposed law known as Proyecto C 1945. Cancel stressed that these cutbacks and other attacks push families to migrate from the island to the U.S., seeking assistance for their children, where mainland school districts are also being targeted by right-wing austerity forces. According to the rally press release, draft bill 1945 “attempts to scale back provisions gained from Rosa Lydia Velez v. the Department of Education” and “excludes infants, depriving them of early intervention services.” The proposed law also “violates due process” in future judicial cases addressing special education. This class action case was originally brought in 1981, with a final judgment not issued until 2002.Proyecto C 1945, approved by one chamber of Puerto Rico’s assembly and headed to the other, is strongly opposed by activists, educators and parent advocates on the island.In New York, the special education struggle in Puerto Rico has been embraced by a coalition of Puerto Rican diaspora groups known as Frente Independentista Boricua, with solidarity from others who experience the daily inadequacies of the educational system.The rally chair, teacher Lorraine Liriano, read off a strong list of endorsers and speakers, including Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño and Parents to Improve School Transportation. Also present were members of A Call to Action on Puerto Rico, Chelsea Rising, South Bronx Community Congress and Workers World. Party. Representatives of New York Boricua Resistance prepared a plena song for the gathering. Plena, an historic Puerto Rican musical form, concentrates on providing information about contemporary events, earning the nickname “el periódico cantado” — the “sung newspaper.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Chicken Pox on increase in Dominica

first_img Tweet LocalNews Chicken Pox on increase in Dominica by: – February 15, 2012 92 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Images of children infected with chicken pox. Photo credit: hardinmd.lib.uiowa.eduThe Ministry of Health wishes to inform the public that there is an increase of chicken pox infecting the island. The general public should take precautionary measures to stop the spread as it is a highly contagious infection.Chicken pox is a highly contagious viral disease that is spread by direct contact or breathing in germs from someone’s cough or sneeze. Two weeks after exposure, chicken pox spots appear on the body.Signs and SymptomsThe following symptoms will occur 10-21 days after exposure to chicken pox:1. Low grade fever.2. Runny nose, slight cough.3. Poor appetite.4. Headache.5. Tired, rundown feeling.These symptoms usually occur 1-2 days before the spots appear on the body.When the spots first appear they will start on the chest, back, or face, and eventually are seen over the entire body, itching may be severe. The spots may occur in the mouth as white sores, and as sores in the ears.TreatmentFirst seek medical help, but it may be treated by using 1. Baking soda bath.2. Calamine lotion as needed to skin.3. Paracetamol or Tylenol for fever above 102 degrees. Do not use Aspirin4. For sores in mouth, rinse with warm water or hydrogen peroxide mouth rinses.Keep the sores clean by bathing daily. If the sores look infected, wash them well and apply Neosporin or Bacitracin ointment 4 times a day.What else do I need to know about Chicken Pox?1. Chicken pox is spread by direct contact or breathing in from nose and throat secretions.2. Crusts do not contain the virus.3. Crusting occurs in 5 to 10 days after breakout.4. Children are not to go to school for at least 7 days – until all sores are crusted.5. Trim nails and do not scratch.6. Bathe daily.7. Let scabs fall off by themselves.8. Contact your district nurse or private doctor if symptoms are persistent.The Ministry of Health encourages the general public to take the necessary steps to protect yourselves and family from contacting chicken poxPress ReleaseHealth Promotion Resource Centre,Ministry of Healthlast_img read more

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