Doctor’s Notes: Children Shouldn’t Have to Endure Homelessness

Working in South LA, I see a lot of children living on the fringes and whom, at times, society wishes they could forget. Many of the kids are poor, hungry, mistreated, immigrants and minorities. Some are also homeless.

But these children are part of our community and they need us to look out for them. I tell their stories hoping that they won’t be forgotten.

Amidst Threat of Deportation, California Immigrants Are Mobilizing to Resist ICE

In the face of escalating anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies since the 2016 election, immigrant rights groups across the state have been developing innovative strategies, such as cell-phone warning systems and know-your-rights workshops to protect their own communities from federal immigration authorities—a move organizers say can not only prevent deportations and detentions, but also combat the fear encompassing immigrant communities today.

Most Homeless People Are Sober, But I Wasn’t

Four out of every five homeless people are sober. Drugs are one reason why many people end up homeless, but they aren’t the only one.

Whenever I tell my story, people are always amazed at how easy it is to unravel a seemingly secure life.

Black Men in White Coats, a New Video Project, Urges Young Black Men Toward Careers in Medicine

Rock star was never Olawale Amubieya’s career goal. Nevertheless, a recent video about him has gotten thousands of views in just a few weeks and fans are seeking him out. Amubieya, a fellow in the department of pulmonary and critical care medicine at the UCLA Medical Center, filmed the video about his work as a doctor for a video series called Black Men in White Coats. “The weight of being one of the few male black doctors in a medical center is tangible. Every new black male doctor gets closer to us changing the norm.”

California’s Budget Should Support Efforts to End Domestic Violence

With the constant stream of tragedies stemming from domestic violence people often ask, “What could have been done to prevent this from happening?”  The reality is that a staggering 5.78 million Californians experience domestic violence every year. Domestic violence homicides in public places put entire communities at risk of harm. And yet, we know much can be done to prevent these deaths which devastate families and communities.

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