“My parents, understandably, do not want me to come home for the holidays—the risk for everyone is too high. … I will imagine my path home now, so I may travel it tomorrow.”
“As the director of ICE … my cousin [Tony Pham] will be deporting people for whom there is no path at all, even if they have paid taxes here for many years or are Dreamers who were brought here as children. He will fight to block more refugees from following in his own footsteps.”
In the rubble of what’s left of American commitments to international organizations, one survivor is doing well. The United Nations Population Fund, or UNFPA, the perennial target of Republican politicians and presidents since the 1980s, is thriving.
A new report from humanitarian organization CARE is pointing to an overlooked crisis: women’s mental health. According to the report, women were almost three times more likely than men to report that their mental health had been impacted by the pandemic. Women cited issues such as skyrocketing unpaid care burdens and worries about livelihoods, food and health care—all of which are causing rising rates of anxiety, stress and other mental health issues.
In this personal essay, Ms. contributor Suhasini Yeeda shares her reflections on the house she grew up in.
She writes, “By the time I was gifted the back room, there were neither parties nor full houses. It was just my mom and me and the silence about our shared history spent in my father’s house before his passing. There was everything that came after this loss. Before and after, there was the roof.”
While our public health system doesn’t consider the role of the family caregiver in its crisis planning, it is clear it would be even more crushed without their critical support. Unpaid family caregivers are the backbone of the health care system in the United States, providing as much as 90 percent of all home health care for no pay and at personal risk.
Instead of our government passing blame to China to cover their ineptitude, try looking to China to see what they did right. But first, we must stop with the racism.
What policies should Congress members be prioritizing to help women and families affected by coronavirus? How are children in particular most impacted by the pandemic? What aspect of coronavirus should communities be thinking and talking about that are currently being overlooked?
We talk these questions and more with Oakland-based policy group, Forward Together.
“I bake when I am mad,” Virginia said with a strange calm. This had clearly been an epic rage. Her anger—blended with flour, butter and sugar—expressed more than that saccharine cliché of “baking with love.” It had power.
If your gift-giving goal is simply to mask any stress, guilt or even inequality in mom’s life, I suggest a strong scented candle. But if you want to gift her with solidarity and support this year, consider these ideas instead.