Latest Human welfare News

Cuba holds unusual vote on law allowing same-sex marriage

Sep. 25, 2022 14:38 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba held a rare referendum Sunday on an unusually contentious law — a government-backed “family law” code that would allow same-sex couples to marry and adopt, as well as outlining the rights of children and grandparents. Cuba holds parliamentary elections...

After rocky start, hopes up in Oregon drug decriminalization

Sep. 25, 2022 14:28 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Two years after Oregon residents voted to decriminalize hard drugs and dedicate hundreds of millions of dollars to treatment, few people have requested the services and the state has been slow to channel the funds. When voters passed the state's pioneering Drug...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Sep. 25, 2022 11:48 AM EDT

Hartford Courant. September 21, 2022. Editorial: A state trooper’s humanity toward a veteran is a lesson to all You really have to see the bodycam video. But if you don’t get that chance, take our word for it: the Connecticut State Police trooper...

Transitional housing village planned to combat homelessness

Sep. 25, 2022 09:09 AM EDT

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — Salisbury held a community build recently for Anne Street Village, its planned cluster of Pallet homes that will help the city combat the chronic issue of homelessness. Anne Street Village will be located in the East Church Street area, at Anne and Short...

Poverty and inflation: Egypt's economy hit by global turmoil

Sep. 25, 2022 03:29 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Stores are selling winter clothes from last season in the middle of summer. Repair shops lack spare parts for appliances. There's a waiting list to buy a new car. Egypt, a country of more than 103 million people, is running low on foreign...

Rotary trio in Mississippi sees poverty in Kenya firsthand

Sep. 25, 2022 01:02 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — In a small village about an hour drive from Nairobi, Kenya, a mother pretends to begin preparations for dinner and prays for her children to fall asleep early before noticing they had no food. This is the scene Lucy Walker set for the Columbus Rotary Club at...

Flashes of bold UN talk on feminism, masculinity, patriarchy

Sep. 25, 2022 00:10 AM EDT

Few men in power have delved deeply into gender equality on the main stage of the United Nations this month, but the ones who did went there boldly: claiming feminist credibility, selling “positive masculinity” and resolutely demanding an end to The Patriarchy. On the first day...

Biden administration launches environmental justice office

Sep. 24, 2022 18:20 PM EDT

WARRENTON, N.C. (AP) — President Joe Biden’s top environment official visited what is widely considered the birthplace of the environmental justice movement Saturday to unveil a national office that will distribute $3 billion in block grants to underserved communities burdened by pollution. ...

As Ukraine worries UN, some leaders rue what's pushed aside

Sep. 24, 2022 16:01 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In speech after speech, world leaders dwelled on the topic consuming this year’s U.N. General Assembly meeting: Russia’s war in Ukraine. A few, like Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, prodded the world not to forget everything else. He,...

Achievement center aims to help at-risk youth

Sep. 24, 2022 09:06 AM EDT

WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) — The Timbrook Achievement Center — TAC for short — is working hard to help at-risk youth in Winchester and Frederick County. Since its opening in October 2019, TAC has had 56 participants (it was closed from March 2020 to October 2020 because of the...