Daily Archives: December 13, 2017

Empowering people to talk about end of life planning…


Date: December 13, 2017

01) Empowering people to talk about end of life planning

“In this blog, Gentle Dusk explain the work they are doing to help people take control of their end of life plans.

How do we make it ok to talk about death, dying and bereavement? How do we ensure both staff and the public are aware of the importance of both talking about and planning for the end of life? And perhaps most importantly, how do we get them to be “conversation-ready”?

Good commissioning in end of life care covers improving contracts, introducing quality standards and evidenced-based frameworks. This is not enough though; it simply does not address the need for staff and the public to be ready for “the conversation”. Nor is it helping people plan end of life before it is too late. Our experiences around death, dying and bereavement will not improve without lifting the taboo. If, as a society, we remain stuck with death being the unmentionable then staff will always find it difficult to overcome the barriers to starting conversations and the public will be reluctant to talk about dying.”

UK based…but important and good article.

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Tough-on-Crime Prosecutors Are Out of Step With Public Views…

Date: December 13, 2017

01) ACLU: Tough-on-Crime Prosecutors Are Out of Step With Public Views

“Approximately nine out of 10 likely voters surveyed said that it was important for their prosecutor to prioritize alternatives to incarceration. This includes 83 percent of Republicans polled. Eighty-eight percent of voters also said they were more likely to support a prosecutor who actively works to reduce racial bias in the criminal justice system. And 91 percent want prosecutors to reduce sentences in instances where people were treated unequally because of their race. Respondents also want a prosecutor who makes a commitment to transparency, with 85 percent favoring a prosecutor who shares data and policies with the public.

The poll also reveals one major reason why “tough on crime” prosecutors get returned to office even though their extreme beliefs are significantly out of step with the majority of constituents: Many voters simply know too little about who their local prosecutor is or what they are up to.”

Races for prosecutors are commonly uncontested?

Hot for Teacher…

Date: December 13, 2017

01) Hot for Teacher

“Recently, I took on a one-day occasional teaching job. At the end of one of my classes, a student waited until the room was empty, and approached me, asking for my number. Confused, I was sure I must have misunderstood what he’d said. I said, “What?” I may have smiled in shock, I can’t know for sure. He repeated, under his breath, within a foot from me, his request for my phone number. This child, the same age as my son, was hitting on me, in my workplace. My guard was down: when I’m teaching, it’s (until that point) been one of the few environments in which I don’t steel myself against the threat of sexual harassment. While I maintain firm boundaries with my students, I do make myself somewhat emotionally vulnerable in my classroom as part of build relationships with my students. I was not ready for this. I said no, giggling a bit nervously, and wished him a good rest of his day, feeling the panic building in my throat.”

Sex registries as modern-day witch pyres…

Date: December 13, 2017

01) NARSOL: Sex registries as modern-day witch pyres

“The forebears for modern sex offender registries and so-called “sexual psychopath laws” first appeared in late 1930s California, and largely targeted LGBTQ individuals. What began as relatively simple lists of individuals convicted of crimes grew in the wake of two high profile murders of children in 1937, which spawned a moral-sexual panic: simultaneously horrifying and captivating the nation.

Operating on the premise that the American public had a right to know about the sordid pasts of those it deemed miscreants, registries began to spread from state to state, city to city, arguably arriving in modern form in the wake of the grisly rape and murder of Megan Kanka in New Jersey in 1994?—?the namesake for Megan’s Law (the colloquial term by which sex offender registries are most commonly known).”