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Just Help – Laura Hershey: Writer, Poet, Activist, Consultant
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Laura’s Labor Day Weekend Column

Labor Day means different things to different people. The Labor Day Telethon For me, it’s hard (try as I might) to escape the association between Labor Day and the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon. Though it’s been several years since we’ve organized a direct action protest, the Internet continues to provide us with opportunities […]

Five personal reasons why I want our lawmakers to vote FOR the health care reform bill, imperfect though it is…

Five personal reasons why I want our lawmakers to vote FOR the health care reform bill, imperfect though it is: 1. I hope that some of my disabled sisters and brothers currently in nursing facilities will be able to leave the institutions, and receive the support they need under the bill’s plan to improve Medicaid. […]

More about Haiti and Disability…

I wrote last week about Portlight Strategies Inc., which is mobilizing aid to Haitians, especially those with disabilities, in the aftermath of the earthquake. Portlight is continuing to collect emergency supplies and equipment, for shipment from Atlanta to Port-au-Prince. The group still needs money and publicity to carry out its important work. If you want […]

How to Help Haitians?

“Haiti Rocked by 7.0 Quake.” I read the news as I sat in the waiting room at Children’s Hospital, checking the New York Times website on my laptop computer. Of course I was worried about my daughter, going through a surgical procedure that was minor but nevertheless required general anesthesia. Now, less than 24 hours […]

Jerry Lewis, Oscar-sanctioned “humanitarian”

The news broke on December 10 that Jerry Lewis will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Oscar Award ceremony on February 22. Since Lewis’ primary, highest-profile, and as far as I know, only “humanitarian” effort is his many decades of hosting the Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Telethon, I can only conclude that the […]

Gas Prices and Home Care

I’ve been working with a health care union to try to improve compensation for home care workers, and to enable such workers to organize themselves to have a voice in public policymaking. I’m concerned that people who are doing such important jobs, providing services that are essential to the well-being and independence of disabled and […]