“Saaby has been working with Mariel for four months while attending the University of Arizona to obtain his certificate as a recovery support specialist…One of the biggest obstacles of re-entry from incarceration, particularly for those with a felony, is finding a job. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 650,000 Americans are released from prison annually, and approximately two-thirds are likely to be rearrested within three years. A 2008 study from the Urban Institute found that only 45 percent of Americans who had been to prison had a job eight months after release. Most of them found work through family and friends or by returning to their previous employer.”


“What I want you to know is that the water took more than property. The water took people, the water pulled them underwater or rushed them far away from home. The water took webs of community spun over decades, over generations and swept them completely away. The water was merciless. The water took it all. I want you to know that what was lost cannot be accounted for on insurance forms, what was lost cannot be measured out in FEMA funding. I want you to know that this is the kind of loss one never fully recovers from. I want you to know that we are not okay we are okay we are not okay. Some of us are more okay than others. Some of us are no longer here.”


“Rough Night isn’t merely entertainment: It’s a cultural artifact that reveals how we perceive and feel about fat people. When people with larger bodies are depicted as dangerous, desperate, needy, and attention-seeking, we all internalize these messages. Showrunner Shonda Rhimes recently wrote in her newsletter about being treated differently after losing 150 pounds. ‘After I lost weight, I discovered that people found me valuable. Worthy of conversation. A person one could look at. A person one could compliment. A person one could admire,’ she wrote. ‘You heard me. I discovered that NOW people saw me as a PERSON. What the hell did they see me as before? How invisible was I to them then?'”

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