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Archive for March 17th, 2015

Finance Committee Announces A Hearing on the Burge Torture Reparations Ordinance April 14, 2015

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CHICAGO, IL — Chairman Ed Burke of Chicago’s Finance Committee announced the committee will hold a hearing on the Burge Torture Reparations Ordinance on April 14, 2015 at 10 a.m.  Dozens of organizers and activists were present to demonstrate their support for the ordinance.

The ordinance has been stalled in the Finance Committee since it was filed in City Council on October 16, 2013 by Aldermen Joe Moreno (1st Ward) and Howard Brookins (21st Ward).  Several organizations, including Amnesty International, BYP100, Chicago Light Brigade, CTJM, Project NIA and We Charge Genocide have held rallies, demonstrations, and marches over the last three months to demand a public hearing on the ordinance and to call on Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago’s aldermen and women to fully support the ordinance and commit to its immediate passage in City Council.

“We are pleased that we are finally going to have a hearing on the ordinance.  We look forward to having the day when the people of Chicago will hear from the torture survivors and international human rights experts as to why this must be passed,” said Alice Kim of Chicago Torture Justice Memorials.  “Burge’s reign of torture started over forty-two years ago.  It is now past due for Mayor Emanuel and the City of Chicago to take responsibility for the egregious harm inflicted by Burge and his men and provide the torture survivors and family members the compensation and services they so richly deserve.”

The ordinance is supported by Cook County Commissioner and mayoral candidate Jesus (Chuy) Garcia, 29 City aldermen and women, and numerous other political and civil leaders in Chicago.  This past November, the United Nations Committee Against Torture also called upon the City of Chicago to enact the ordinance.
“We are looking forward to the day when the reparations ordinance is passed by the City Council so that the survivors of Burge’s torture can receive a measure of justice for their suffering and trauma,” said Mariame Kaba, founder and executive director of Project NIA. “Until that time, we will continue to fight for justice with them. We appreciate the hearing and still need Mayor Emanuel to declare his full support for the ordinance.”

Steven W. Hawkins, executive director of Amnesty International USA said in response to the announcement of the hearing: “A public hearing on the reparations ordinance is a critical and necessary step toward the justice that Chicago police torture survivors need to heal, but the struggle is not yet over. More than four decades after Jon Burge first began his legacy of torture on Chicago’s south side, it’s long past time for city officials, including Mayor Emanuel, to stand on the right side of history and unequivocally support reparations for torture survivors,” said Steven W. Hawkins, executive director of Amnesty International USA. “It’s crucial that the city of Chicago ensure full and adequate reparations without any further delay so that justice delayed does not become justice denied.”

The Ordinance serves as a formal apology to the survivors; creates a Commission to administer financial compensation to the survivors; creates a medical, psychological, and vocational center on the south side of Chicago; provides free enrollment in City Colleges to the survivors; requires Chicago Public schools to teach a history lesson about the cases; requires the City to fund public memorials about the cases; and sets aside $20 million to finance all of this redress ­– approximately the same amount of money the City has spent to defend Burge, other detectives and former Mayor Richard M. Daley in the Chicago Police torture cases.

“The damage done by Burge and his men is irreversible and will remain a stain on Chicago’s reputation and collective consciousness for decades to come. It is our duty to help these victims and their families, and it is a moral and ethical imperative.  It is our hope that the healing and forgiving process can begin with the passage of this legislation.  The hearing brings us one step closer to getting this ordinance passed,” said Proco (Joe) Moreno, co-sponsor of the ordinance.

The ordinance was drafted to address the fact that over 120 African American men and women have been subjected to racially-motivated torture, including electric shock, mock executions, suffocation and beatings by now former Police Commander Jon Burge and his subordinates from 1972 through 1991.  Although Burge was convicted in federal court for perjury and obstruction of justice stemming from the torture cases in 2010, he continues to draw a taxpayer funded pension, while scores of Chicago Police Torture survivors continue to suffer from the psychological effects of the torture they endured without any compensation, assistance, or legal redress.

Press Call: African-American Leaders Call for Senate Vote on Loretta Lynch Nomination

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – At 10:00 AM Tuesday (today), African-American leaders will host a press call to urge the Senate to move ahead with the long overdue confirmation vote on Loretta Lynch’s nomination for Attorney General.

Despite being indisputably qualified and already twice-confirmed unanimously for U.S. Attorney by the Senate, Loretta Lynch has had to wait longer for a confirmation vote than any nominee for Attorney General in 30 years.  Lynch, who would be the first African-American female Attorney General, is now subject to another absurd attempt to block and delay her nomination that has nothing to do with her qualifications or character. Given the many racial justice issues facing our nation, the country desperately needs a seamless transition and a continued steady hand at the Justice Department.  On the call, leaders will push for an immediate vote in favor of Loretta Lynch’s confirmation for Attorney General.

WHO:

  • Congressman G. K. Butterfield of North Carolina, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus
  • Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio
  • Dr. Paulette C. Walker, national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

WHAT: Press call: African-American leaders call for a Senate vote on the Loretta Lynch nomination for Attorney General.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 17th at 10:00 AM EST

$45 Million Lawsuit Filed Against Former Vice President of the NBA Players Association and Southern Film EB5 Regional Center

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Theo Ratliff

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — Open Rivers Media Group, Inc. d/b/a Open Rivers Pictures (ORP), has filed a civil lawsuit 1:15-cv-00724-SCJ under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) as well as other state laws against the former Vice President of the NBA Players Association, Theophilus “Theo” Ratliff, Dominic “Nic” Applegate, Gate Industries LLC, Southern Film Regional Center, Maurice Anderson and Ratliff Entertainment LLC.

All of the defendants are being accused of conspiring to defraud ORP out of expected profits associated with their EB5 application to build soundstages and to produce content for film and television. Through the lawsuit, ORP seeks a court declaration of $45 Million Dollars plus attorney fees.

ORPs legal counsel, Christopher Brown of Brown & Rosen LLC states, “In my opinion, the defendants intentions were to defraud my clients out of the $45 Million Dollar EB5 investment package. My clients were responsible for bringing the projects to the table and the defendants worked together to circumvent ORP. For Gate Industries, LLC to subsequently drop the EB5 application and yet attempt to keep the $100,000 paid to Gate Industries, LLC for the application and the projects presented by ORP is unlawful.”

He adds, “Georgia law do not allow for a party to refuse to perform services but keep the money for the services to be performed. My clients have no attention of walking away from this litigation without being made whole.”

Open Rivers Pictures is a full-service production company, producing content for television, film and the digital platforms. For more details, visit www.openriverspictures.com

Photo Caption: Theophilus “Theo” Ratliff, former Vice President of the NBA Players Association


First Lady Michelle Obama to Travel to Japan and Cambodia March 18-22

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Tokyo, Japan; Kyoto, Japan; Siem Reap, Cambodia

On the heels of the President and First Lady’s launch of the Let Girls Learn international girls education initiative, Mrs. Obama will travel to Japan and Cambodia from March 18-22, 2015. She will visit Tokyo on March 18-20, Kyoto on March 20, and Siem Reap on March 20-22.  She will be joined by Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet.

For more information on the Let Girls Learn Initiative, please click HERE.

While in Tokyo, the First Lady will meet with Mrs. Akie Abe, the Spouse of the Prime Minister of Japan, and deliver remarks on the importance both countries place on international girls education. The First Lady will also announce plans to deepen our partnership on this issue, including through a collaboration between the Peace Corps and Japan’s Overseas Cooperation Volunteers. Following their remarks, Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Abe will meet with Japanese university students and share stories from their own educational backgrounds.

* Also in Tokyo, the First Lady will meet with the Emperor and Empress of Japan and will participate in a meet and greet with embassy employees.

The First Lady will travel to Kyoto on March 20 and visit the Kiyomizu-Dera Buddhist Temple and the Fushimi Inari Shinto Shrine. She will also greet staff from the U.S. Consulate in Osaka.

On the evening of March 20, the First Lady will travel to Cambodia, one of the first 11 countries to be included in the Let Girls Learn Peace Corps initiative.  In Cambodia, Mrs. Obama and Peace Corps Director Hessler-Radelet will see up close how community-driven solutions – which are key components of the Let Girls Learn Peace Corps program – are changing girls’ lives.

While in Cambodia, Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Bun Rany, the First Lady of Cambodia, will meet with high school students and hear directly how they benefit from community-led programs like Room to Read and the Peace Corps. Room to Read is a non-profit organization that focuses on literacy and gender equality in education, specifically working in Asia and Africa.

Following the First Lady’s meeting with Cambodian students, she will deliver remarks to Peace Corps Volunteers participating in a girls education training event that is part of Let Girls Learn. Community leaders and educators who serve as local partners for the Peace Corps volunteers will also be at the event, working together with their respective volunteers to affect change. The training – representative of others happening around the world – equips Peace Corps Volunteers with the necessary resources to break down barriers to girls’ education in their communities.

The First Lady will also host a roundtable with Peace Corps Volunteers, local community leaders, and civil society members who are implementing projects to support girls’ education in Cambodia. While in Siem Reap, the First Lady will also visit Angkor Wat and participate in a meet and greet with embassy employees in Cambodia.

In both Japan and Cambodia, the First Lady will share her trip with students through daily online diary entries and a collaboration with PBS LearningMedia. PBS LearningMedia will offer opportunities for young people to connect to, and learn from, Mrs. Obama’s trip, and will provide resources for U.S. classrooms that explore the culture, geography and current events in Japan and Cambodia.

In case you missed it: Read the First Lady’s Op-Ed “Let’s Ensure That Every Girl Can Learn” HERE.

Source: whitehouse.gov.

Undocumented Immigrant in Need of a Kidney Transplant Seeks Sanctuary

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CHICAGO, IL – Isidro Secundino has struggled for years to find a donor that would donate a kidney to save his life. He recently received an order of deportation due to his lack of proper documentation in the United States. He was scheduled to appear at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s headquarters in downtown Chicago with a flight ticket and passport in hand. However he defied these orders and sought refuge at the new Mission of Faith, Life and Hope headed by Father Jose Landaverde.

“At any moment ICE officials can have Isidro arrested, detained and forcefully remove him from this country to his country of origin” said father Jose Landaverde in a phone conversation, “this is a humanitarian issue we are dealing with, we won’t stop advocating for Isidro until ICE cancels his deportation and provides him with an opportunity to live, this includes granting a humanitarian visa to stay in this country” he concluded.

A press conference will be held today, March 17th ,  at Mission of Faith, Life and Hope, 2057 W. 51st St., Chicago, at 11 a.m.

Background:

Isidro is currently under dialyses treatment, which he attends on a weekly basis at least three times per week. Isidro is the father of six US born citizen children. He also has a wife, Maria Garnica, who was recently diagnosed with benign head tumor during the examinations that the Northwestern Memorial Hospital conducted on her for possible kidney donor match. She was also diagnosed with one of her kidneys working at less than 100%.

For more information: joseslandaverde@hotmail.com rborcila@yahoo.com

Chicago Police Torture & Reparations Interactive Pop-Up Art Exhibition & Teach-In at City Hall

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CHICAGO, IL – On March 18th,  Project NIA, We Charge Genocide, and Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, survivors of police torture and their supporters will dramatize the history and legacy of the horrors experienced at the hands of Chicago police through an interactive art exhibition and teach-in at City Hall. There will also be a rally outside the mayor’s office at 4 p.m. that will bring the force and energy of the current movement for the reparations ordinance directly to the mayor’s door.

Organizers, police torture survivors and their supporters are demanding that Mayor Emanuel declare his full support for the Reparations Ordinance. Yesterday, the finance committee of the Chicago City Council announced that it will hold a hearing on the Burge Torture Reparations Ordinance on April 14. The exhibition-in will also serve as a way to continue to educate the public AND our local elected officials about the importance of reparations.

“Mayor Rahm Emanuel has repeatedly claimed that he would bring closure to the Burge torture survivors, but he has failed to fully support the reparations ordinance,” says Mariame Kaba from Project NIA group. “We need the Mayor’s full support to pass the reparations ordinance in City Council.”

Mayoral candidate and Cook County Commissioner Jesus Chuy Garcia has already endorsed the reparations ordinance, vowing to hold a hearing and vote on it in Chicago’s City Council.

The pop-up art exhibit will feature testimonials and documents from torture survivors and a timeline of Burge police torture and the movement to end this systematic abuse. Furthermore, 3D installations will explore international examples of reparations as a response to state violence, and new submissions will place Burge police torture in a broader context of police violence and the growing movement to expose and end contemporary police torture and abuse.

The Reparations Ordinance is supported by over half of the current City Council, numerous other civic and political leaders including Karen Lewis of the Chicago Teachers Union, and the United Nations Committee Against Torture.

Since the election, the Chicago Police Department’s use of coercive, torturous and abusive tactics are being raised again in the media in response to a series of articles published by Spencer Ackerman in The Guardian about the disappearance of arrestees at the Chicago Police Department’s Homan Square. Many in the media, including Chris Hayes of MSNBC, have noted Chicago’s troubled history with police torture, citing the Burge torture cases and Mayor Emanuel’s failure to provide reparations to the Chicago Police Torture survivors.

Over 110 African American men and women were tortured by former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and his detectives. This racially motivated violence included electric shock, sexual abuse, suffocation and beatings. The City of Chicago has acknowledged this torture, and the UN has called for redress. Yet scores of survivors still suffer from the ongoing impact of the trauma they endured — without compensation, assistance, or recourse.

The ordinance calls for a formal apology to the survivors; a commission to administer financial compensation to survivors; a medical, psychological and vocational center on the South Side for survivors and family members; a history lesson to be taught in Chicago Public Schools about the cases; city funding for public memorials about the cases; and $20 million to finance this redress, the same amount of money the City has spent to defend Burge, other detectives and former Mayor Richard M. Daley in the Chicago Police Torture cases.
IN THE NEWS:

Taunts aside, Burge torture victims deserve compensation
Chicago Sun-Times, 1/19/15

Emanuel Signals He Might Consider City Reparations For Police-Torture Victims
CBS Chicago, 1/16/15

Burge torture accusers seek reparations
Chicago Tribune, 1/15/15

Opinion: Council Needs to Move on Reparations for Burge’s Torture Victims
Ward Room, NBC Chicago, 10/2/14

SEIU Local 73 at UIC Joint Bargaining Committee Calls for Elected, Civilian Police Accountability Council

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Rank and file union leaders at the University of Illinois at Chicago, members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73, are supporting a call for an elected, civilian police accountability council in Chicago.

The Joint Bargaining Committee (JBC) of Local 73 at UIC represents 3500 workers throughout the university. The JBC is made up of the members of the four bargaining committees for Local 73 at UIC: Service and Maintenance, Clerical and Administrative, Technical, and Professional unit.

The JBC voted last week to endorse legislation drafted by the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. This legislation would replace the current Police Board and Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA).

The resolution adopted by the JBC states, “Our union fights to protect us on the job, but as we all know, there are dangers to our members that are present in the communities where we live as well. Recently, the whole country has been made aware that for African American and Latino communities, there is a crisis of police crimes that go unpunished.”

“SEIU Local 73 Joint Bargaining Committee at UIC hereby endorses the call for an elected, civilian police accountability council.”

Andre Reed, co-chair of the JBC, said, “Our next step will be to take this proposal to the Local 73 General Membership meeting in April.” Local 73 is an amalgamated union with contracts representing 28,000 workers in state, county and municipal employment.

For more information, contact Joe Iosbaker 773-301-0109

More Than 1,000 Youth to Compete in Illinois State Archery Tournament for Grades 4-12

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Top finishers will Advance to National Tournament

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will host the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Illinois State Tournament on Saturday, March 21 at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Participation continues to grow as 1,056 archers from 38 schools have qualified to compete. Participation in the State Tournament has climbed steadily from 400 in 2012 to 700 in 2013 and 873 in 2014. Top finishers qualify for the NASP National Tournament to be held May 7-9 in Louisville, Kentucky.

“We are proud of the student-athletes who have worked hard to qualify for the State Tournament,” said IDNR Director Wayne Rosenthal. “I am gratified to see the growth of archery as an extra-curricular sport. I invite anyone who is interested in archery and youth sports to come and see these accomplished archers compete.”

Students will compete in three divisions, including Elementary (Grades 4-5), Middle School (Grades 6-8) and High School (Grades 9-12). Members of the Illinois Archery Association provide volunteer support for the event. Last year’s state champions were Schlarman Academy High School of Danville (Grades 9-12), Jefferson Middle School of Champaign (Grades 6-8), and Armstrong-Potomac Grade School (Grades 4-5).

NASP is a nationally acclaimed youth archery program that implements a curriculum-based archery education program into the public/private school system through the physical education department. The program started in Kentucky in 2002 and has expanded to include thousands of participating schools in five countries. Illinois was one of the first 10 states registered in the program.

Visit the IDNR YouTube Channel for a video of last year’s Illinois State Archery Tournament: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poI8UYMqQn8

Qualifying schools include:

Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire

Armstrong Potomac Grade School

Armstrong Potomac High School

Athens High School

Canton High School

Canton Ingersoll Middle School

Centennial High School, Champaign

Central High School, Champaign

Chicago Military Academy

Cuba High School

Danville High School

Evansville Attendance Center

Ewing Grade School

Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School

Georgetown-Ridge Farm Middle School

Georgetown-Ridge Farm Elementary School

Highland Middle School

Hubbard High School

Jefferson Middle School, Champaign

Lane Tech College Prep, Chicago

Lewistown

Mark Bills Middle School, Peoria

Metamora St. Mary’s

Metamora Township High School

Next Generation School, Champaign

Oswego High School

Phoenix Military Academy, Chicago

Pinckneyville High School

Pinckneyville Junior High School

Riverton High School

Roberto Clemente High School, Chicago

Schlarman Academy, Danville

Schurz High School Jr. ROTC, Chicago

St. Bruno, Pinckneyville

Team Orion (Homeschool Group, Southwest Illinois)

Tremont High School

Washington Middle School, Springfield

Woodruff Career and Technical Center

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Goodman Theatre Announces its 2015/2016 Season of Rarely-Seen Masterworks and new Plays

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In an unprecedented world premiere event, Robert Falls and Seth Bockley co-adapt and co-direct 2666, Roberto Bolano’s internationally-celebrated novel

CHICAGO, IL – Artistic Director Robert Falls announces the wide range of stories and voices that comprise Goodman Theatre’s upcoming 2015/2016 Season—a “Big—Bold—Brilliant” line-up beginning September 2015.  The five plays on subscription in the Albert Theatre include the first post-Broadway production of Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar; Another Word for Beauty by José Rivera; The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder; The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window by Lorraine Hansberry; and Leonard Bernstein’s musical Wonderful Town with lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, book by Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov. The three-play Owen Theatre subscription line-up includes Feathers and Teeth by Charise Castro Smith; Carlyle by Thomas Bradshaw; and Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976 by Rebecca Gilman. In a special non-subscription theatrical event, Falls joins forces with Playwright-in-Residence Seth Bockley to present a world-premiere stage adaptation of 2666, Roberto Bolaño’s epic novel. Three other non-subscription events include the 38th annual production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol; the second annual production of The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens, or Scrooge You!; and a collaboration with Albany Park Theater Project. In addition, the annual New Stages Festival is set for October 28 – November 15, 2015, including three developmental productions and three staged readings.

Subscription tickets are on sale now; call 312.443.3800 or visit GoodmanTheatre.org/Subscribe. Individual tickets go on sale beginning in August. Tickets to 2666 can be purchased as a subscription add-on (available now; subscribers save 20%) or as an individual ticket, on sa

Vulnerable Latino Elders Face Shortage of Geriatric Health Professionals

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Mundo Hispánico/New America Media

By Melody Miranda Aulet

Vulnerable Latino Elders Face Shortage of Geriatric Health Professionals


ATLANTA, GA –When Adbonias Bonilla suffered a stroke his life came to a complete standstill, literally. Now age 70, he is supposed to be under the care of a geriatric physician to monitor his heart conditions and diabetes.

But geriatricians–elder care specialists, who dedicate their time to follow up on chronic illness–are among the scarcest group of health care professionals in the United States.

Geriatricians Can Coordinate Care

Bonilla currently visits a neurologist, cardiologist and urologist, specialists whose medical groups don’t often communicate with one another about a patient’s care. A geriatric doctor could coordinate their treatments in ways that would minimize errors and improve their care.

Research has shown for years that the fragmented system of care in this country, with little knowledge among health care professionals of elder care, often results in misdiagnosis, unnecessary or duplicate procedures and adverse drug reactions.

By 2012, in Georgia there were 127 certified geriatricians, a shortage of 315 professionals in that field, according to statistics provided by the American Geriatrics Society.

“Professions in geriatrics aren’t very popular. They lack prestige and it’s not as lucrative as other areas in medicine,” said Jonathan Flacker, a professor of geriatric medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.

Other experts, such as Kerstin Gerst of the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Georgia, concur about the geriatric medicine’s low level of interest among medical students. Many, she said, even see caring for seniors as a depressing career.

In spite of this, Gerst is fighting to break that stereotype by motivating her students to look into elder care in the hopes of making them aware of the need.

“I think that current generations of medical students don’t know of these problems, not because they aren’t interested, but because they haven’t been exposed to that reality,” said Gerst.

She added that many of her medical students don’t know what gerontology is. However, when she explains it to them, she convinces some that it’s not a depressive issue, but more of an “enriching field that keeps you in contact with wise people with great knowledge.” She added, “Sometimes they just need someone to talk to.”

Gerst has seen a great response from her students, because even though she has a limited number in her class, she has witnessed the change in  them each semester. More than half now decide to pursue a degree in the school’s public health program, which can lead them to becoming future geriatric doctors.

Options to Close Gap

Flacker emphasized that there’s little chance there will be enough certified geriatric specialists to care for the nation’s rapidly aging population. But he said that caring for an elderly patient is a team effort. Because elder care involves both medical treatment and social services, it requires teamwork by doctors, nurses, working caregivers and others given essential training in geriatric care.

“The gap would be closed substantially if the problem can be contained before we lose control of it,” said Flacker. He also stressed the need for more funds to train those who wish to work in a high-demand profession with potentially good salaries.

In Atlanta, training courses are already available and most can be completed in a few weeks. They allow those interested in the field to learn the basic skills required to tackle the obstacles that come with taking care of an older person.

The Rosalynn Carter Institute of Caregiving offers a six-week program to train caregivers, either professionals or family members. The cost of the course is less than $100, which covers the cost of the materials.

Melody Miranda Aulet wrote this article for Mundo Hispánico through a journalism fellowship from New America Media and the Gerontological Society of America, supported by AARP.

Photo: Maria Ramírez helps her husband, Adbonias Bonilla, 70, who had a stroke. Also pictured is son, Camilo Bonilla. (Melody Miranda Aulet/Mundo Hispanico)

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