Monday, March 8, 2021

Opioid Litigation Is Prying Open Vaults Of Big Pharma Secrets March 2021



Opioid Litigation Is Prying Open Vaults Of Big Pharma Secrets

In an unveiling with few historical parallels, major pharmaceutical corporations are poised to settle sweeping opioid litigation by agreeing to publicize millions of pages of internal documents illustrating how they marketed and sold narcotic painkillers amid a dire addiction epidemic, according to lawyers and court records.

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Sunday, March 7, 2021


Sunday, March 7, 2021
Contact: Nube Brown (707) 601-2901,

Activists and community members, including SF and Alameda County Public Defenders and District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney, will gather to demand justice for Malik Washington and an end to  
for-profit prison corporations in CA
San Francisco, CA - On Sunday, March 7, from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m., a socially distanced rally will take place in front of the Taylor Street Center, a federal halfway house located at 111 Taylor St. in San Francisco. The rally calls for the freedom of San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper Editor Malik Washington, an end to for-profit prison corporation GEO Group's operations in California, and an end to the attack on Black journalism by the GEO Group and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Malik Washington, who is incarcerated at the Taylor Street Center (a facility housing 240 individuals), was retaliated against when he released a public memo to shine light on a COVID-19 outbreak at the facility in January 2021. Facility staff confiscated his cell phone and brought disciplinary charges against him, including the possibility of re-imprisonment and restrictions on his ability to speak to members of the press, even though he is a working journalist.
Mr. Washington and the SF Bay View have filed a federal lawsuit alleging First Amendment retaliation against the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the GEO Group, Inc. A hearing in that lawsuit takes place on March 10, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.
San Francisco Public Defender Mano Raju has spoken out against the retaliation Malik has faced within GEO Group's custody. He says, "We continue to witness GEO Group's pattern of deceit and neglect in its response to the COVID pandemic. We must protect the health and dignity of the people living at 111 Taylor and invest in future reentry care that is community-based and focused on the needs of individuals, not the profits of GEO Group. I stand in solidarity with Malik Washington and for his rights as a member of the Black press to speak out and protect his community."
San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin also criticizes the GEO Group. He says, "The last four years have shown the need for ensuring that people - especially those in the press - are free and able to tell truth to power. It is deeply concerning when people - like Malik Washington - who are devoted to truth-telling are targeted precisely for trying to ensure that critical information is made public. We must stand against attempts to target or prevent people like Malik from speaking out."
The San Francisco Public Defender recently released a short documentary: "111 Taylor Street: During a Pandemic", filmed with undercover footage, documenting the lack of precautions taken by GEO to protect detained people from COVID. It can be viewed at: 
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Mayor London Breed  

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$28 million program will expand workforce development, paid training, and job placement for adults and youth in San Francisco, and will include targeted resources to address the disproportionate Black unemployment rate with funding from the Dream Keeper Initiative
San Francisco - Mayor London N. Breed today announced a new economic recovery program for workforce development, paid training programs, and job placement and employment services for San Franciscans. The $28 million Building Back Stronger program includes funding from the City's Dream Keeper Initiative, which Mayor Breed announced last week, and will expand services for workers and job seekers, address long-standing economic inequities and disparities in unemployment, and bolster the City's economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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News from US Black Chambers CEO Ron Busby includes Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Rep. James E. Clyburn, Majority Whip with a fabulous closing performance by Ruben Studdard shared by Dr. Maxine Hickman, President of San Francisco Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc., and immedIate past board member of Nation Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc.
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The San Francisco BayView Neighborhood mourns Yolanda Jones, Businesswoman & Community Leader, daughter of Charlie Walker, Businessman, Community Leader and former Mayor Willie L. Brown confidante.  (America's Still the Place" is the film about Walker that opened the 2015 San Francisco Black Film Festival). 

Friday, March 5, 2021

New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board Collects Mosquitoes Infected with West Nile Virus. March 2021




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March 5, 2021

Contact: LaTonya Norton

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New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board Collects Mosquitoes Infected with West Nile Virus

NEW ORLEANS — The Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (LADDL) at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine has reported a West Nile virus (WNV) infected pool of mosquitoes that was collected in Orleans Parish. The infected mosquitoes were collected this week from traps on the East Bank of New Orleans, indicating an elevated risk to people in our area. Residents can expect to see increased mosquito abatement efforts, including daytime larval inspections and treatments, as well as nighttime mosquito spraying with trucks. Beginning March 8, truck applications targeting adult and immature stages of the WNV vector, Culex quinquefasciatus, will begin, weather permitting.    


No human WNV cases have been reported in Orleans Parish this year. West Nile virus cycles between wild birds and mosquitoes and can be transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. While the majority of WNV infections are asymptomatic, the virus can cause serious symptoms, especially for individuals that are older than 65 or immunocompromised.


The NOMTRCB collects mosquitoes year-round from forty-six locations across Orleans Parish. The collected mosquitoes are identified to species, counted, and submitted in groups, or mosquito pools, to the LADDL for arboviral screening. Over 200 pools of mosquitoes have been tested to date in 2021.


We are urging people to protect themselves from biting mosquitoes by limiting outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, using EPA- and CDC-approved repellents, and mosquito-proofing their residence by maintaining screens on windows and doors. We also ask that residents inspect outdoor areas and empty water-filled containers around their homes and yards to reduce the potential for mosquito breeding.


As the temperature increases, it is imperative for residents to remain vigilant in removing standing water by emptying containers and changing water at least once per week in containers that cannot be removed such as bird baths, sugar kettles, children’s pools and ponds. Remove trash and clutter, including discarded tires, buckets, tarps and any other items that can collect water. Swimming pools and fountains should be operational and circulating.


For additional information regarding West Nile virus, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's website:



Protecting Yourself

  • Reduce mosquito exposure by limiting outdoor activities between dusk and dawn.
  • Use air-conditioning and make sure window and door screens are in good condition to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside.  
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants while outside.
  • The CDC recommends using repellents containing EPA-registered active ingredients including DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon-eucalyptus.
  • When using repellent, always follow the recommendations on the product label.

Protecting Your Home

  • Eliminate standing water around your home. Mosquitoes breed in standing water.
  • Remove trash and clutter and dispose of discarded tires and containers. Turn over wading pools, buckets, trash cans, children's toys, and anything that can collect water.
  • Change water weekly in containers that cannot be removed, such as pet dishes or bird baths. Scrub the side of the containers each week to remove any eggs that have been deposited.
  • Rain barrels and other water collection devices must be screened, and collected water should be used within one week.
  • Aerate ornamental pools, fountains and sugar kettles, or stock them with fish.
  • Report illegal dumping, water leaks and unattended swimming pools by calling 311.

Tires collect leaf litter and are easily filled with water by rain, providing an ideal breeding site for mosquito larvae. Eliminating scrap tires will eliminate a prolific mosquito habitat.

  • Residents can place up to four tires weekly stacked curbside next to their household trash cart on the second collection day. Call 311 to arrange for a pick up.
  • Tires in front of abandoned lots will not be collected; they must be moved in front of a residence with curbside collection.
  • Residents can also bring up to five tires to the City Recycling Drop-off Center, located at 2829 Elysian Fields Avenue, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month.

A free Integrated Mosquito Management webinar will be offered March 6 at 11 a.m. CST. Please visit to register.


Report any mosquito issues to 311.


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Free webinars focusing on the latest information on climate change impacts, decision-making, and resilience


Please join us



NJ Climate Change Resource Center

Spring Climate Academy


The NJ Climate Change Resource Center (NJCCRC) is excited to offer 4 additional free webinars focusing on the latest information on climate change impacts, decision-making, and resilience within the Garden State. The NJCCRC is dedicated to supporting informed climate action in the public, private, non-governmental and community levels throughout New Jersey.


— Events are free, but registration is required —



Changing Landscape of New Jersey's Clean Energy Programs

March 11, 12pm–1pm




Join Christine Sadovy, Chief of Staff of the NJ Board of Public Utilities, for a discussion on energy policy in NJ. Ms. Sadovy will discuss how this policy has evolved over time along with ongoing efforts to achieve the state's greenhouse gas emissions reductions goals. An overview of programs, including those to support even the most vulnerable and underserved communities in improving energy efficiency, will be highlighted. This event will be followed by two more detailed webinars for those interested in residential (March 19th) and commercial/industrial (March 26th) opportunities for energy conservation.


CEUs for APA have been requested.



Reducing the Climate Footprint of NJ Residences

March 19, 12pm-1pm




The reduction of greenhouse gases begins at home. In this webinar, Kerri Ann Lombardi and Michele Calabrese, Outreach Account Managers for New Jersey's Clean Energy Program, will share more detailed information on how residents can save energy, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Along with the benefits of conserving energy, Ms. Lombardi and Mr. Calabrese will also discuss the financial benefits available through New Jersey's Clean Energy Program.



Reducing the Climate Footprint of New Jersey Commercial and

Industrial Facilities

March 26, 12pm-1pm




Along with transportation and residential, the commercial and industrial sector accounted for 93% of NJ's total net emissions in 2018. Join John Sousa and Ivelisse Perez, Outreach Account Managers for New Jersey's Clean Energy Program, for information on how those in the commercial and industrial sector can take advantage of the statewide program to save energy and the environment. Mr. Sousa and Ms. Perez will address strategies for increasing energy efficiency and reducing emissions for multiple family dwellings, businesses, and local governments, with a focus on equity.



Impacts of Climate Change on Coastal Forests

April 9, 12pm-1pm




Climate change will have a significant impact on the coastal forests of the Northeastern United States. Join Dr. Richard Lathrop and Rachael Sacatelli (Rutgers University) along with Glen Carleton (USGS) as they present the latest on how coastal forests regionally and in NJ are responding to rising seas and storm intensity. They will then share how this information can be used in decision making and potential management approaches.


1 CEU for ASFPM is available and CEUs for APA have been requested.





Special thanks to the Institute of Earth, Oceans, and Atmospheric Sciences

for support of the Summer Climate Academy.


Opioid Litigation Is Prying Open Vaults Of Big Pharma Secrets March 2021

  Analysis Opioid Litigation Is Prying Open Vaults Of Big Pharma Secrets In an unveiling with few historical parallels, major pharmaceu...