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American Red Cross offers copings tips for Boston Marathon bombing anniversary

Cambridge – American Red Cross mental health volunteers from across the state will be offering emotional support during the Boston Marathon bombing anniversary service at the Hynes Convention Center on April 15, as the city remembers those lost and hurt last year.

Last year’s events struck many in a number of ways. Fear, confusion and sadness were common reactions, and the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing may trigger those same feelings.

“Boston is still healing from this tragedy,” said Christine Tebaldi, Disaster Mental Health lead for the Massachusetts Red Cross. “Those wounds might feel fresh on April 15, and the Red Cross is here to support the community’s emotional recovery.”

The American Red Cross offers the following tips to help you cope:

·         Simplify your schedule before and several days after the anniversary.

·         Limit media exposure to coverage of the bombing—TV, radio or newspapers.

·         Schedule time with those you find supportive.

·      Expect yourself to have reactions that mimic your reaction from a year ago, and know these are predictable and shouldn’t worry you. Remember what coping has worked for you in the past and implement those skills.

·         If you have children in your life, speak with them in age appropriate ways about what they may experience. Know that behavioral regression in children is common as an anniversary reaction.

On Marathon Monday, more than 30 Red Cross Mental Health/Psychological volunteers will be stationed along the route and at Athlete’s Village to support individuals experiencing stress, anxiety or other emotional reactions.

People needing extra support are encouraged to call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990Text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746, or to call the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050 or 1-800-847-0710.

Those experiencing acute psychiatric distress can call the B.E.S.T. Team at 1-800-981-4357.

From the Worcester chapter of the NAACP … and President Obama speaking on Trayvon Martin’s death

President Barack Obama visits with Make-A-Wish child Suhail Zaveri, 14, from Anaheim, Calif., in the Oval Office, July 16, 2013. Accompanying Suhail are his parents Sandeep and Asmi Zaveri, and younger brother Arsh Zaveri. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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Greetings from the NAACP Worcester Unit #2058

We will be joining our brothers and sisters of the New England Area Conference (along with the NAACP all across out nation) in Washington DC this August 24th to celebrate the 50th Year Anniversary of the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech and to demand that Congress restore the full strength of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.


The round trip cost will be around $85.00/pp. We will be leaving around 10:00pm – 11:00pm, the evening OF Friday, Aug. 23rd and traveling all night. The rally is Saturday,Aug. 24th in the morning and we will be leaving at some point late in the afternoon. The full cost of the trip will have to be paid about 3 weeks in advance (light snack included). If we have 50 people prepaid three weeks in advance, we can be picked up in Worcester.
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MESSAGE FROM NAACP, NEW ENGLAND AREA

Greetings,

We learned at the NAACP National Convention that the planned 50th Celebration of the March on Washington, where Rev., Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his I Have A Dream speech, will have a new and urgent purpose. The NAACP is part of a group of organizations which is planning to combine the 50th Year Celebration with an imperative that Congress restore the full strength of the Voting Rights Act. It is felt that no civil rights legislation has been as important as the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and as reauthorized in 2006. Extending the full power of the right to vote has been the leverage point for all subsequent civil rights legislation. The Supreme Court’s decision to strike Sec. IV must now be rectified by Congress. We will now have a Mass Rally, demanding that Congress act without delay.

Even though the actual day of the 1963 March was on August 28th.the planned Rally will take place on Saturday, August 244, 2013 in Washington, DC. NEAC will join other State Conferences and arrange for several busses to journey to Washington for the Rally. We ask that you immediately communicate with the members of your Branch or organization about the Rally and urge their participation.

Trip Planning Underway


Within a few days, we will be able to provide a cost for the trip, but because time is so short, we ask that you communicate the yet to be defined plans so that potential participants can begin their planning. We expect that there will be several buses leaving from Massachusetts and New Hampshire — possibly one or several from the western part of MA, several from the greater Boston area, one from eastern MA, and one from NH. Of course, the actual number of busses will be determined by the demand. As was the case with the trip to Washington to observe the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Memorial, this will be a trip down, leaving the evening of Aug. 23rd, participation in the Rally on Aug. 24th, and return late afternoon on Aug.24th.

Please spread the word broadly so that our area sends significant numbers. Again, this is no longer just a commemorative Rally, but a Rally to demand that Congress restores the Voting Rights Act.

 

Write your tribute to John Lennon …

here:  http://imaginepeace.com/

It’s a wonderful John Lennon/peace website constructed by his widow, Yoko Ono.

Lennon was murdered 31 years ago today. I have written about Lennon and the Beatles and what they meant to me growing up in Green Island so long ago. They continue – especially Lennon – to inspire me – and people all over the world.

I – like many Baby Boomers – remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when the news came over the radio.

I still miss you, John …

– R. Tirella

To honor the anniversary of Roe v Wade …

To honor the anniversary of Roe v Wade, the United States Supreme Court case in 1973 establishing that most laws against abortion violate a constitutional right to privacy, the Jane Fund of Central Massachusetts will have its Annual Meeting and Jane Fund Fundraiser Luncheon at Maxwell Silverman’s Restaurant, 25 Union Street, Worcester on Sunday, January 23rd.

.Registration is at 11:30 AM. A buffet luncheon is at 12:00 PM and the program is at 1:00 PM. The program at 1 p.m. is free and open to the public. Continue reading To honor the anniversary of Roe v Wade …

A senseless war begins its 10th year (an address to the nation I wish President Barack Obama would make)

By Michael Moore

My Fellow Americans:

Nine years ago today we invaded the nation of Afghanistan. I’d just turned 40. I had a Discman and an Oldsmobile and had gotten really into LiveJournal. That was a long time ago. It was so long ago, does anybody remember why we’re even there? I think everyone wanted to capture Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice. But he got away sometime in the first month or so. He left. We stayed. Looking back now, that makes no sense.

Needing to find a new reason for the mission, we decided to overthrow the religious extremists who were running Afghanistan. Which we did. Sorta. Unlike Osama, they never left. Why not? Well, they were Afghans, it was their country. And, strangely enough, a lot of other Afghans supported them. To this day, the Taliban only have 25,000 armed fighters. Do you really think an army that tiny could control and suppress a nation of 28 million against their will? What’s wrong with this picture? WTF is really going on here?

The truth is, I can’t get an answer. My generals can’t quite tell me what our mission is. If we went in there to rout out al-Qaeda, well, they’re gone too. The CIA tells me there are under 100 of them left in the whole country!

My generals have also admitted the following to me:

1. There is no way we can defeat the Taliban. They enjoy too much popular support in the rural areas, the majority of the country. Continue reading A senseless war begins its 10th year (an address to the nation I wish President Barack Obama would make)

Happy 8’th Birthday, InCity Times!

(editor’s note: While our website (this website!) is a year old, we’ve been publishing InCity Times, the newspaper, for more than 8 years. (It’ll be 8 1/2 this December!) Jack Hoffman, our columnist, wrote this piece for our 8’th anniversary issue.)

By Jack Hoffman

It’s Wednesday and seven days before deadline, and the call I didn’t want to get arrived as anticipated. It’s a call I’ve gotten every two weeks, about 20 times a year, for at least the last five years. It shows up “restricted” so I refuse to answer and just let the answer machine lessen the pain. Sure enough, it’s Rose, our C.E.O. (Chairwoman of Everything Officer) here at InCity Times.

“Jack, how’s your column going?” she asks. I tell her: “Rose, you won’t believe this! I got a hamstring pull from falling through a pallet. I just got home and I’m filthy, blood still pouring down my leg from the fall and I haven’t eaten a thing.”

She asks again: “So how’s the column going, Jack?” Continue reading Happy 8’th Birthday, InCity Times!