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9-1-1 isn’t the only Emergency Number

9-1-1 isn’t the only Emergency Number
9-1-1 is the number to dial when someone commits a crime, needs medical assistance, or a building is on fire, but what about other emergency situations that occur in everyday life? For instance, who do you call when you need child care at a moment’s notice, financial assistance for utilities, housing, etc., or need food, counseling, or substance abuse treatment? Sure, if you already have a social worker at DHHR, you could go to them, but that means setting up an appointment which might not be until weeks after you call. If you don’t have a DHHR social worker, then include a bunch of sign-up paperwork before the actual appointment. The answer is, call 2-1-1. The phone number connects people with a program actually funded by a grant from DHHR and is also affiliated with United Way and AIRS. This service is just like 9-1-1 in the sense that it is free to call and connects you with the services you need. Not only do they cover the situations listed above, but an array of other topics are offered also such as, homelessness, education, employment, legal assistance, transportation, and much more. This service should be as widely known as 9-1-1, so spread the word! The same service is provided online at 211.org, and 211us.org provides more information on the program.

About Nicole Kramer

Nicole Kramer is a student at WVU, majoring in English and planning to continue her education to receive her master's in Public Administration. Her hometown is in Webster County, West Virginia, where she grew up in poverty, as many from the county do. She is concerned with issues in the state such as poverty, welfare, and assistance awareness and money-saving information for the public.

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Gynotician?

I decided to share the word of the day with you today:

Gynotician- A politician who feels more qualified than women or their doctors to make women’s health care decisions.

All this legislation being passed to control women’s bodies is out of hand and setting us back 50 years. Politicians need to let doctors do their jobs. If a woman wants to take birth control or have a baby or give it up for adoption or have an abortion it is no ones business but hers, her partner and her doctor. more »

About Beth Dortch

I am an unofficial student meaning I am not enrolled in school but I am surrounded by very educated organizers from many different movements who have lived history and have accepted me as a student and young leader.

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Its about human rights

  Who you love does not change who you are.

Ok so I was asked by alot of people in the past few days. “Why would you support Gays?” “I thought you were straight?” “Did you turn lesbian?”  “You think gays should be aloud to get married and have kids?” “Don’t you know god hates gays and its not ok to disobey god?”

 

Well I have a few questions for you! Why don’t you support Gay Rights? I thought you had a heart? Why are we friends? Why shouldn’t adults be aloud to get married and have kids? Isn’t judging others disobeying god?

Imagine this The government walks into your house and says “Its now illegal for you to be married now you are officially not recognized as a couple by the government.” So now you have no rights you cant visit each other in the hospital, you can’t make health decisions for each other, you can’t adopt each others kids, you can’t be on each others health insurance, you are no longer a family in the eyes of the law.  Now imagine your spouse is on their death bed you want to be with them in the hospital but because you are not recognized as a married couple by the government you cant you must sit in the waiting room knowing your spouse is dying and wants you with them more than anything but because the government doesn’t recognize your marriage they will die alone in a hospital room. Sounds crazy right? Thats what happens everyday to same sex couples all over the world. Now my question to you is how would you feel being in their shoes?

A  friends son who I have known since he was a baby looked up at me one day out of the blue and said I have two mommies and my friend has two daddies. Do you have two mommies or two daddies? I said I have one mommy and one daddy. He said well thats ok too. If a four year old gets why can’t grown adults get it.

My supporting LGBTQ Rights has nothing to do with my sexual orientation. I really shouldn’t have to answer such questions but here you go. I am straight I was born straight have always been straight I am only attracted to men, I did not turn lesbian because you don’t just turn lesbian it doesn’t work that way!! I support LGBTQ Rights because I support Human Rights! Everyone should have the right to marry who they love. Everyone deserves to love who they love and not be persecuted for loving someone of the same sex. As long as all people involved are consenting adults its their business what they do and who they do it with.

Its not about whether you are gay or straight, black or white its about  love, family, equality and human rights!! Who are you to judge someone else?

About Beth Dortch

I am an unofficial student meaning I am not enrolled in school but I am surrounded by very educated organizers from many different movements who have lived history and have accepted me as a student and young leader.

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