R. Kelly Can No Longer Have Overnight Access To Studio

Building inspectors enter R. Kelly studio to investigate possible code violations

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Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly truly turned R. Kelly’s world upside down. The six-part documentary exposed Kelly’s predatory behaviors towards underage girls and the places where he allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct with them is now on the radar of city officials and attorneys. One of these places is a recording studio he rents in downtown Chicago. The space was illegally being used as a living space and the disgraced singer is now under fire for it.

A judge ruled in housing court on February 8th that there can no longer be overnight use of the recording studio, NBC Chicago reports. Use of the second floor is prohibited and he can only use the first floor from 9:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m.

Kelly’s attorney, Melvin Simms III, reportedly tried to argue that “you can’t put a schedule on when a moment of beautiful music comes into your soul,”  but that couldn’t change the judge’s mind.

In January, it was found that the building had 67 code violations and was not safe for occupancy. The violations included an illegal sauna, wobbly staircase and having zero smoke alarms. The judge’s main concern is that no one is living on the second floor where a bed and clothing were found by city inspectors.

Simms claims that architects have been hired to bring the building back up to code and address building violations that may date back decades.

“We got the best architect that we could find and we are going to be working with him going forward to assess all options at the building.”

Besides use of his studio being limited, Kelly is also banned from the city of Philadelphia, has been dropped by Sony Music, and is being investigated by the District Attorney’s office in Georgia and the FBI.



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Kaiser Permanente Urges DHS to Withdraw Proposed Changes That May Prevent Access to Care and Coverage

This week Kaiser Permanente joined numerous organizations, advocacy groups, businesses, and policymakers in urging the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to withdraw a proposed rule to expand the definition of public charge, which may prevent legal immigrants and their families from accessing health care and coverage.

Under the proposed rule, the definition of public charge would include the lawful receipt of assistance from several health, nutrition, and housing programs, which were previously excluded from consideration by U.S. immigration officials when determining whether an individual was likely to become a “public charge.”

Kaiser Permanente is concerned that threatening the immigration status of eligible immigrants as a result of their lawful enrollment in public benefit programs would lead to more people being uninsured and negatively affect the health of millions of people. When people lose coverage and access to affordable care, we can anticipate sicker patients, increased use of emergency rooms, and worsening health outcomes for our communities.

Moreover, this policy has far-reaching implications beyond legal immigrants and permanent residents. Nationwide, over 19 million children live in a family with an immigrant parent, and nearly 9 in 10 (86 percent) of these children are American citizens.

In the best interest of our more than 12 million members and the 65 million people residing in the communities we serve, Kaiser Permanente believes that we must continue to support increased access to high-quality, affordable care, and ensure coverage for more — not fewer — people in this country. The proposed rule jeopardizes access to the care that is delivered by Kaiser Permanente’s more than 22,000 physicians every day.

Kaiser Permanente called on the Department to not penalize the individuals who use these important public benefits, to withdraw the proposed rule, and to maintain the Department’s longstanding guidance on public charge.

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Nissan said it was seeking to block former chairman Carlos Ghosn’s access to an apartment in Rio de Janeiro, citing a risk that the executive, arrested and removed from his role for financial misconduct, may remove or destroy evidence.

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More STEM Learning Access for Underrepresented Students

REDMOND, Wash. — Kaiser Permanente today announced that it has joined with Washington STEM to support smart, scalable solutions that lead to opportunities for those students most underserved and underrepresented in STEM fields. Washington’s students — particularly students of color, girls and young women, and students from low-income and rural communities — need access to more STEM learning to ensure they have the skills they need to succeed at high-demand careers and continue growing Washington’s economy. Kaiser Permanente’s 2-year, $ 1.2 million partnership will help fund STEM programs in schools across the state.

“We take pride in joining with Washington STEM to support direct efforts creating equal access to education pathways that will help more than half a million students prepare for the jobs of the future,” said Susan Mullaney, president of Kaiser Permanente Washington.  “A prescription for health includes access to education and career-track jobs, both of which are as critical to the health of a community as exercise, healthy eating and staying active.”

The new investment will build on active partnerships with Washington STEM’s regional networks and dozens of school systems throughout the regions, including the largest systems in the state — Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma.

Kaiser Permanente’s investment in Washington STEM programs will fund an expansion of existing programs in schools throughout the state. The two organizations are supporting smarter, sustainable solutions and look forward to achieving a greater impact together.

“Through our partnership with Kaiser Permanente, we’ll be able to accelerate and expand our impact across the state. Kaiser Permanente shares our belief that our health care and other fast-growing industries will be even more innovative when their workforces reflect the diversity of Washington state,” said Caroline King, CEO of Washington STEM. “It starts with ensuring our earliest learners have fun with math and moves to supporting students year over year to be inspired and prepared to lead in the game-changing STEM careers of today and tomorrow.”

The partnership between Kaiser Permanente and Washington STEM will have real, on-the-ground near-term impacts:

  • Tracking 641 more students to earn credentials and be ready to thrive in STEM careers by age 26.
  • Serving an additional 16,028 children ages 0-8 in Early STEM.
  • Equipping more than 600 additional early educators and parents/family members to support early math learning, especially for children of color and children from low-income communities.
  • Exposing 500,000 students across 45 local school districts in King, Snohomish, Spokane and Pierce counties to high-demand career pathways.

“It is imperative that our schools provide every student with a well-rounded education that affords her or him many options for a successful future,” said Damien Pattenaude, Ed.D, superintendent of Renton School District and Washington STEM board member.  “There are many pathways for success for our students who enter STEM fields. With partners like Washington STEM and Kaiser Permanente, we can continue to ensure there is equity in preparing every student for access and opportunity in choosing those pathways.”

About Washington STEM
Washington STEM is a statewide nonprofit advancing excellence, equity, and innovation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. For more information, go to www.washingtonstem.org.

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Kaiser Permanente and the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington are committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.



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Inside NARAL’s Three-Step Plan to Protect Abortion Access

The midterm elections ushered in a wave of victories for pro-choice candidates, but ballot measures in Alabama and West Virginia reminded feminists nationwide that the fight to uphold and expand abortion rights remains far from over.

That’s why, as ballots were still being counted in some states, NARAL Pro-Choice America announced a new three-step strategy to protect and expand abortion rights across the country. Following a similar move by Planned Parenthood, the organization announced their plans in a call with activists.

This summer, NARAL activists protested outside of the Supreme Court to support abortion access and decry “fake clinics” that deceive women and deny them the full breadth of their reproductive health options. Now, NARAL is determined to mobilize activists nationwide to defend and expand abortion access as Roe remains embattled. (NARAL)

Ideally, everyone would have access to accurate information about reproductive rights—but the reality is that access to education is limited, and a lot of people don’t know how restricted abortion access is in their state. Many more people would be fired up for the cause, NARAL speculates, if they knew that abortion access was at risk in their communities. That’s why they plan to start with an awareness campaign that challenges the false sense of security NARAL officials fear individuals have about Roe‘s future—and galvanize a new body of abortion activists in the process.

After education will come organizing—NARAL’s strongest suit. When push comes to shove, their supporters stand strong, don’t back down and show up, and NARAL wants each and every one of the majority of Americans who support keeping abortion legal to be fighting alongside them. NARAL supporters can support the organization in this effort by hosting Pro-Choice Postcard Parties where family and friends gather to write messages to lawmakers declaring that their priority issues are abortion and reproductive rights.

That organizing and awareness-raising funnels into the third step: meaningful policy changes that uphold, protect and expand access. Private decisions about reproductive health need to be made by women, not by politicians, and NARAL wants members to more actively fight back against abortion restrictions at every level, from local to federal. They don’t just want to secure abortion access—they want to make sure the right to abortion is never as delicately held as it is for women across the country today.

NARAL’s mission is to make abortion access and full reproductive rights a reality for every single women in every single state. They want members organizing and pushing lawmakers to see that a majority of Americans stand with them in that fight—and believe that if they can get enough activists into the streets and the halls of Congress and state capitols, representatives will have no choice but to listen to them. 

Miranda Martin is a feminist writer and activist and an editorial intern at Ms. She has written for a variety of publications and been published by The Unedit and Project Consent. Miranda recently graduated from University of Wisconsin La Crosse with a major in Interpersonal Communications and a double minor in Creative Writing and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She loves to travel, read, exercise and daydream about the fall of the patriarchy.

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Women in Kenya Want Access to Quality Maternal Health Care

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In April 2018, hundreds of partners joined forces to launch What Women Want, a global campaign to hear directly from one million women and girls about their top request for quality reproductive and maternal healthcare services. Through an exclusive blog series, Ms. is sharing their demands and their stories. 

The What Women Want campaign aims to amplify women’s demands for quality reproductive and maternal health care around the world. Translated into more than 14 languages, the campaign strives to hear from women from all backgrounds, cultures and locations—and has partnered with over 300 global organizations that support and empower women with HIV, women with disabilities and health professionals in over 100 countries to make that possible.

Recently, What Women Want heard from thousands of women in Kenya about their top request for quality reproductive and maternal health care. Here’s what they have to say.

According to the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health, the maternal mortality rate in Kenya remains high, at 488 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. (For reference, the maternal mortality rate in the United States is 26.4 per 100,000 live births, which is still lacking when compared to peer nations.)

We know that nearly all maternal deaths are preventable. Significant disparities in maternal mortality rates tell us that programming efforts and advocacy work must be adjusted to reach women everywhere—not just in the world’s richest countries, and not just in major cities.

Accessibility to quality health care centers is a major issue that contributes to high maternal mortality rates in Kenya. Around half of Kenyan women are delivering in health care facilities, and only 44 percent are assisted by a skilled medical professional.

Since 1990, the global maternal death rate has decreased by 44 percent, and more women than ever are using maternal healthcare services—but much of this progress was achieved in high-income areas, leaving some countries with little or no improvement. Today, 99 percent of maternal deaths take place in developing countries—with just 13 countries accounting for two-thirds of these deaths.

Within countries with high maternal mortality rates, there are significant disparities in maternal mortality and maternal healthcare utilization. In Sub-Saharan Africa, for example, the utilization of prenatal, delivery and postnatal care varies greatly with personal characteristics such as geographic region, race, income level, employment and marital status.

Progress is being made, and we should be encouraged by the monumental decreases in maternal mortality and increased access to reproductive health care, but it isn’t enoughWe need to strive for more.

We must listen to the voices of those who are too often left behind. When we can raise the voices of women in every part the world, we will be closer to a time in which every woman, everywhere, is empowered to speak out and closer to receiving quality, equitable maternal and reproductive health care.

Join the one million women mobilizing for global change by adding your voice at www.whatwomanwant.org.

Claire McGee is a sophomore at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio studying Public Health and Spanish. She spent this past summer as a Communications, Fundraising and Respectful Maternity Care Intern for the White Ribbon Alliance in Washington, D.C.

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