Predictions for the coming months are dire. In much of the country, the rate of COVID-19 infections is higher than it was last spring. Vaccines are already being administered in the U.K. and should soon begin to be administered in the U.S., but the pandemic is not over yet. Epidemiologists predict that by spring 2021, when it is likely a vaccine may become more widely available, another 200,000 to 300,000 Americans will die […]
In July I received a telephone call from a Nurse Coordinator that I have completed several clinical trials with as a participant. In December 2019, I wrapped a two-year Chikungunya virus vaccine trail I was in. I always enjoyed my visits in person and by telephone with Deb over the years, and so we had […]
As faith leaders and Iowans of many beliefs, it is with great urgency that we call upon Governor Kim Reynolds to take every action available to protect the health and safety of Iowans and to drastically reduce the positive cases of COVID-19 that is raging in communities across Iowa. The number of positive cases in […]
In 2017, President Trump had just taken office, and I was worried about what that would mean for Iowans, for my family, and for Iowa veterans like me. I served in Iraq, and as a fellow veteran, I went to one of Senator Joni Ernst’s town hall meetings to ask if she would stand up […]
COVID-19 has taught us that paid leave saves jobs and saves lives. We know we need a national paid leave plan that covers all Americans.
I’m someone who has lived in the reality of an abusive relationship. So I get angry when I see Joni Ernst’s commercials claiming that she is an advocate for survivors.
After my father’s accident, the healthcare coverage his union fought so valiantly for afforded him the best opportunities to recover.
The threat to the reproductive freedoms and access to health care in Iowa isn’t a hypothetical or academic debate.
This piece originally appeared in The Appeal. Reprinted with permission. Now is the time to act. If we have learned anything since George Floyd’s death, it is that we cannot keep waiting for change. In November 2016, a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, police officer shot then 36-year-old Jerime Mitchell during a traffic stop, leaving him paralyzed […]
Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.” -Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg There is a gaping hole in the Supreme Court, our country, and our hearts as we mourn the loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Our lives are better because of her tireless advocacy for equality and justice, and our […]