Donald Trump Bullies Breastfeeding Mothers—And Sells Out Their Health To Business Interests

When Donald Trump takes the world stage, the world trembles. President Trump’s disastrous European tour was foreshadowed by the news that earlier this year, the Trump Administration pushed the World Health Organization to weaken or trash a resolution meant to encourage breastfeeding, and to minimize the inaccurate marketing of substitutes.According to several officials at the WHO meeting, once Trump’s delegation was unsuccessful in removing language that affirmed support for breastfeeding, they turned to bullying and threatening other countries that were considering introducing the wording. According to the New York Times,

“The Americans were blunt: If Ecuador refused to drop the initiative, Washington would unleash punishing trade measures and withdraw crucial military aid. The Ecuadorian government quickly acquiesced.”

A British health policy advocate at the meeting said, “What happened was tantamount to blackmail, with the U.S. holding the world hostage and trying to overturn nearly 40 years of consensus on the best way to protect infant and young-child health.”

But that’s Donald Trump’s way. He’s the hostage-taker-in-chief.

Whether it’s infants at the border or at their mother’s breast, Donald Trump sees foreign policy as a vehicle for advancing his own business interests, and to funnel more wealth to his friends and financial backers. The powerful infant formula industry has its hooks in Donald Trump—just as it’s been able to influence scores of U.S. politicians and agencies.

Donald Trump is guilty of collusion—with the formula industry. Together, they are perpetuating a system of racial disparities that harm women and children. Because women of color are one of the most vulnerable populations in the country, they are easy to target with factors that make it impossible for them to actually breastfeed.

Both the WHO and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that infants consume nothing but breast milk for the first six months of life. Donald Trump may not respect science, or value public health—but we do. NOW calls on women to demand that U.S. officials stop ignoring decades of research that proves breastfeeding is best for children.

Toni Van Pelt Sincerely,

Toni Van Pelt

Tell Congress You Oppose Religious Discrimination in Foster Care

Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee inserted a poison-pill amendment into the Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations Bill.

If passed, this amendment would require states to allow taxpayer-funded foster care and adoption providers to discriminate on the basis of their religion and cut child welfare funding for states that refuse to comply.

It is difficult to even convey how terrible this is—and sadly, there is a substantial chance this bill could pass.

We need you to take action now! Tell Representative Schrader that the welfare of children must come before religious dogma.

This amendment would require states to allow adoption and foster care placement agencies to discriminate against atheists and nonbelievers, religious minorities, single parents, LGBTQ people, or any other group of people they disfavor.

This kind of discrimination reduces the number of potential adoptive parents, making children in these systems less likely to find loving, permanent homes. Even worse, states that refuse to go along and allow religious discrimination will see their child welfare funding cut, which would only harm the vulnerable young people in the foster system.

This hateful provision could be used to allow foster parents to deny medical services or counseling to young people if it conflicts with their religious beliefs, agencies could refuse to reunite families if the parents are the “wrong” religion, or providers could kick LGBTQ children out of shelters. And they could do all this while receiving your tax dollars!

If this amendment is allowed to stand, this will be the first in a long line of federal attacks on religious equality at the state level.

This horrific agenda is being pushed by Christian nationalists, the Catholic Church, and organizations like the Heritage Foundation who want government funding for their so-called “charities” while they refuse to provide services for people they dislike. Only 10 states have passed laws adopting the twisted vision of “religious liberty” this bill espouses. But now they’re trying to use a must-pass appropriations bill to force it on the rest of us.

The majority of Americans oppose using religion as an excuse to discriminate. Together, we can stop this attack on religious equality.

Representative Schrader needs to hear from you today. Please take action now!

 

Sincerely,

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Alison Gill

Legal & Policy Director

American Atheists

Yes, Trump Is a Narcissist — But It’s Literally A Million Times Worse Than That

Yes, the hallmarks of narcissism are painfully obvious in the president of the United States. The endless projection. The delusion of grandeur masking a paper-thin skin that punctures under the most benign criticisms. The nonstop gaslighting. But you know who else every single one of these attributes describes? His base.

Source: Yes, Trump Is a Narcissist — But It’s Literally A Million Times Worse Than That | Alternet

Please help us share the AoCC with more people – Jennifer Hofmann

Numbers equal strength. Last month, my social media team and I created an ambitious, 15-point plan to double the number of AoCC subscribers. Our plan includes: a new website and website copy professional marketing branding and logo design social media ads (possibly)  video (hopefully) After we announced this goal, two generous angels offered to match […]

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Nursing Scholarships Available

Source: So you want to be a nurse???….. – News Lincoln County

So you want to be a nurse?

Nursing Scholarships Available!

Applications are now being accepted for the Gribler Loving Trust Nursing Scholarship, administered by the Pacific Communities Health District (PCHD) Foundation. Recipients must be residents of Lincoln County and enrolled in accredited nursing programs. Scholarships of up to $3,000 will be awarded for tuition and books.

Eligibility requirements include completing prerequisite courses and enrolling in an accredited nursing program the year of the award. The recipient must also sign an agreement to work within Samaritan Pacific Health Services for up to two years upon graduation if a position is available and offered. Additional consideration will be given for experience in the medical field, such as Emergency Medical Technician, Certified Nursing Assistant or Licensed Practical Nurse.

Former Newport residents Bill and Olga Gribler exhibited their love and generosity for the local community by establishing this scholarship to address the ongoing need for quality nurses in this rural area. Bill Gribler taught music and entertained throughout the community on the piano, violin and accordion. Olga Gribler worked for a telephone company and later the Bank of Newport.

Applications are due on July 31. Application packets are available at samhealth.org/pchdf. For additional information, contact the PCHD Foundation office at (541) 574-4745.

HHS Makes Excuses for Failure to Reunite Migrant Families

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) failed its deadline to reunite all 102 children under the age of five with their parents. Officials supposedly succeeded in only 38 cases by the de…

Source: HHS Makes Excuses for Failure to Reunite Migrant Families | Nel’s New Day