A federal court judge ruled that a Texas voter ID law was passed with the intent to discriminate against minorities, violating the Voting Rights Act.
Source: Texas voter ID law designed to discriminate, judge rules – CNNPolitics.com
Progress towards real equality for disabled people over the past twenty years is insufficient and “littered with missed opportunities and failures”.
Source: Disabled people are being left behind in society as opportunities missed | Care Industry News
A White House official told NBC News Bannon is no longer needed on the council now that Mike Flynn is out as National Security Adviser.
Source: Steve Bannon Removed From National Security Council – NBC News
This season of “Homeland,” the TV espionage thriller that continues to grip me, is particularly dark and twisted. But it has nothing on real life, as President Trump’s regime and the deep state continue to wrap their oily tentacles around each other’s throats. In season six of the Showtime series, brilliant bipolar spook Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) thinks she has safely escaped the CIA vortex, only to be dragged into the whirlpool of a violent Washington power struggle that pits a female president-elect (yes, the show’s writers were just as fooled by Hillary Clinton’s “inevitability” as the rest of us) against a ruthless CIA faction aligned with a vast Breitbart News-type fake news operation. Nuclear peace in the Middle East hangs in the balance. Ho-hum. Like I said, art pales before reality in today’s Washington.
Source: The hottest story about Trump and Russia you never heard – San Francisco Chronicle
STOP the destruction of our NHS. Call a halt to the Sustainability and Transformation Plans NOW
Why is this important?
This is the biggest attack on the NHS you’ve never heard of.
For the last few years the news has been full of winter and summer crisis in the NHS, with A&E’s closing their doors and ambulances unable to discharge their patients.(1) Now the Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, has created a plan to solve this by CLOSING more A&Es. He thinks if you close hospitals people will stop using them. (2)
Called Sustainability and Transformation Plans he has split the country into 44 areas – called ‘footprints’. Each ‘footprint’ was told in late December last year that they must have a plan by 30th June this year to completely change the way the NHS works. To work they have to be able to prove they can clear their massive debts within a year.
To do that they have to close services and sell land and hospitals.
Source: STOP the new plans to dismantle our NHS. | Campaigns by You
Current laws that aim to ensure disabled people are not deprived of their liberty unlawfully are “in crisis” and need to be replaced urgently, according to the government’s advisers on law reform. The current system has led to tens of thousands of people with dementia and learning difficulties being detained in hospitals and care homes without the appropriate independent checks that their rights have not been breached, according to the Law Commission. This week, following a public consultation, the commission published its final report on Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty, which includes proposals for new legislation on how the law should ensure that people without the capacity to give their consent to their care arrangements are the least restrictive they can be and are also in that person’s best interests. The current system, the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), has been described as an “administrative and bureaucratic nightmare”, and the report says it is “overly
Source: Deprivation of liberty rules are ‘in crisis’ and must be replaced, says Law Commission | DisabledGo News and Blog