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homelessness: Homeless children are one of America's dirty secrets
. An estimated one million young people experience homelessness each year. Many are unaccompanied teenagers, sleeping in parks, abandoned buildings or "couch surfing" at friends’ houses. Others are younger children, often in the care of a single parent, who double-up in relatives’ homes or in crowded shelters. The even-less fortunate live in cars, tents and under freeway overpasses.
Children and families are the fastest growing segments of the homeless population, according to advocates, who say this serious social problem driven by poverty and a scarcity of affordable housing is not widely recognized by the public.
"The reason why this isn’t a priority for people is because people don’t see children on the streets. It’s not visible, it’s not shown," said Dr. Ralph Nunez, president of the New York-based Homes for the Homeless, a group providing housing, training and employment to homeless people. Read the rest of the story
and find out more at Stand Up for Kids
and M Brico's Fight Poverty
. PICTURE CREDIT: Stitches for Britchesdrug wars: Judge gags critics of Eli Lilly pharmeceuticals
. On February 13, 2007, Judge Jack Weinstein issued a permanent injunction, prohibiting attorney, Jim Gottstein, and Dr David Egilman, an expert witness in litigation involving Zyprexa, from further disseminating certain Eli Lilly documents.
The documents are from Lilly's corporate offices and "The files show that the manufacturer hid vital information about the drug's safety
," attorney Gottstein states, "not only from patients, but also from doctors.
US District Court Judge Jack Weinstein delivered a partial victory and a partial loss for the public right to know about Eli Lilly's documents regarding their psychiatric drug Zyprexa. In a 74 page "Final Judgment," the judge said web sites might become free to distribute the files, but some individuals are enjoined from disseminating. For more info go to Eli Lilly's secrets
Labels: drug wars, homelessness, youth