This week, get savvy with some solutions journalism. We’ve got news on guaranteed income, patient advocacy, redwoods and the behind-the-scenes of … thirst.
“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.” – Louisa May Alcott, novelist
1. A Path to Freedom
For decades, social safety net programs have been designed with restrictions in mind. Some excluded agricultural and domestic workers. Others came with clauses that allowed states to shrink benefits. In 2018, a group of Black moms designed a guaranteed income program that would provide free money with no strings attached. By 2021, it was already helping others access health care, avoid emergency loans and improve kids’ education.
2. Act for ALS
Each year, about 5,000 people are diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. One Illinois couple turned an ALS diagnosis — viewed as a death sentence by doctors — into arguably the most successful patient advocacy campaign of the 21st century. Their success is like a playbook for how to get things done in Washington D.C.
3. Back to the Roots
A conservation group, Save the Redwoods League, just gave 523 acres of redwood forest to a group of 10 Native tribes. It’s part of a long-awaited healing process both for a forest, gutted of ancient redwoods during a logging boom, and for the tribes, severed from their ancestral roots when settlers forcibly removed their ancestors from the land.
Drinking water is a great, and easy, self-care strategy. But how exactly does the brain know when your thirst is quenched? From gulping to hormones, it turns out the body’s measurement system is pretty complex.
A trio of Black journalists launched their own publication Monday — with $9 million in funding — to fill a gap in news coverage for Black communities. One of the first beats to launch is health equity, which happens to fall in line with this year’s Black History Month focus on health and wellness. Check out their first stories.
In celebration of the Lunar New Year on Tuesday, we wish you all great happiness and prosperity. – MO
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