poetry for the politics of our time by Skip Tenczar
We look for reasons and causation,
And ascribe it to some sort of mutation.
The mass shootings continue
And the answer’s within you --
Acknowledge we’re a gun sick nation.
Part one: Dr. Bandy Lee
The American Psychiatric Association served Americans poorly. They ignored early recognition of Trump's dangerous psychiatric symptoms. They silenced those who pointed them out, and changed their ethics guidelines to protect federal funding.
Dr. Bandy Lee writes the following Op-Ed: The American Psychiatric Association Sickened America https://www.medpagetoday.com/publichealthpolicy/healthpolicy/91502
bio: Bandy X. Lee, MD, MDiv, is a forensic psychiatrist and violence expert who resigned from the American Psychiatric Association in 2007 because of its financial ties with the pharmaceutical industry. She is now president of the World Mental Health Coalition, which formed in part to step in where the American Psychiatric Association failed in societal leadership.
tweet of the day:
#PeoplesVaccine “There is lots of evidence that publicly funded research, particularly open source research, could be very effective and likely to leave us much better prepared for the next pandemic.”
Part two: Will Biden's relief package break black farmers’ cycle of debt?
We chat with Public Integrity's Sr. reporter April Simpson about the decades-long practices of the FDA. Many Black farmers lost their land, were driven bankrupt, and left farming. Can this be restored under new management at the FHA? Can a culture of farming be restored?
bio: April Simpson joined the Center for Public Integrity in October 2020 as a senior reporter covering racial equity. She was previously the rural issues reporter at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Before joining Pew, April was associate editor of Current, where she covered public media and won recognition for her #MeToo investigation of a veteran reporter. April was a U.S. Fulbright fellow in Botswana, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation and Innovations in Food and Agriculture fellow with the National Press Foundation. April is a graduate of Smith College and the London School of Economics and Political Science.