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It’s Official –Maine State Nurses Association/NNU Certified as Union for RNs at Maine Medical Center



It’s now official. Registered nurses at Maine’s largest hospital and employer, Maine Medical Center (MMC) have their union.

Following the RNs’ overwhelming 1,001 to 750 vote April 9, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), today certified the Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United (MSNA/NNU) to represent 2,000 RNs at Maine Med, the Scarborough Surgery Center, and the MMC Brighton Campus in Portland. MMC’s administration chose not to challenge the results. The NLRB is the federal agency that oversees labor relations.

“This is another banner day for Maine patients and nurses,” said MSNA President Cokie Giles, RN. “We are thrilled to be able to move forward, working together with Maine Med RNs, to promote high-quality care for all Maine residents, including patients at Maine Med.”

“We’ve made history at Maine Med,” said MMC registered nurse Janel Crowley. “Now we are ready and excited to begin talks with hospital representatives to strengthen our voice for patients, workplace conditions and standards for the caregivers, and for our neighbors and community.”

RNs have completed surveys to determine priority issues to address in negotiations for their first collective bargaining contract. The next step is for all RNs to endorse the priorities and to elect a facility bargaining council who will select a negotiating team to represent them in talks.

MMC RNs have cited their concerns about inadequate staffing; mandatory scheduling that requires nurses to rotate between working days and nights, which they say leads to burnout and fatigue; lack of meal and break relief; and assignments to work in units for which they do not have clinical experience and proper orientation. Due to the pandemic, the RNs have also prioritized health and safety protocols for their patients and themselves.

With the landmark win at MMC, one of the largest union hospital elections nationally in years, coming on the heels of the organizing victory for 1,800 nurses in North Carolina in September and other recent union wins, NNU reinforced its role as is one of the fastest growing unions in the United States. Overall, NNU represents more than 170,000 RNs from coast to coast.

Following the vote count in the mail ballot election conducted by the NLRB, NNU Executive Director Bonnie Castillo, RN praised the Maine Med registered nurses. “Your courage to stand up and speak out for your patients and community in the face of the most serious threat to your own health and safety amid the worst global pandemic in a century has inspired nurses across the country. We could not be more impressed with your accomplishment.”

Maine Med RNs again expressed thanks to Gov. Janet Mills, Senate President Troy Jackson, Rep. Michael Sylvester, the Maine State AFL-CIO, and many patients and community members for their words of encouragement during the campaign.

“Your incredible support touched our hearts and encouraged us. It gave us hope for what we could achieve for our patients, ourselves, our colleagues, and as a model for all nurses in Maine,” said Emergency Department RN Michelle Burke.

Following the vote, Gov. Mills offered her congratulations and encouragement for beginning “a productive contract negotiation.”

“Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, our dedicated health care professionals have worked around the clock to save lives. They serve our state with acts of heroism every day, and, like all working people, deserve the right and ability to advocate to improve their lives and livelihoods,” Mills said.

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Physicians in Gaza recount airstrikes on clinics, medical staff – Mondoweiss




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After 11 days of intense fighting between Israel and Palestinian armed groups, primarily Hamas, a fragile ceasefire that took hold Thursday evening is still in place Friday afternoon. With a brief reprieve from hostilities, Palestinians immediately began repairs to the main in Gaza COVID-19 testing and vaccination site that were damaged by Israeli airstrikes on the ministry of health medical complex earlier in the week. 

The ministry of health in Gaza announced today that it had reopened the main COVID-19 lab and could continue processing new coronavirus tests. Additionally, a small lab opened yesterday by the border with Egypt in order to run the COVID-19 test for exiting Palestinians.

Friday also marks the first day in over a week when goods could enter Gaza. In the first round of shipments, UNICEF imported 11,000 doses of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, first aid kits, antibiotics, fire extinguishers and bags of blood and saline-glucose. 

Palestinians inspect the rubble in front of ministry of health headquarters Gaza City on May 17, 2021. (Photo: Naaman Omar/APA Images)

Six hospitals, 11 health clinics hit in airstrikes

Since the escalation began on May 10, Israeli forces damaged or destroyed six hospitals and 11 primary healthcare clinics, according to the United Nations. One additional hospital shut down for five days due to fuel shortages, and one hospital was forced to suspend chemotherapy treatment for cancer patients.

Gaza runs on one power plant and six of its ten power lines were destroyed in airstrikes. GEDCO, the local electrical company said it currently supplies 93 megawatts a day and needs 400 to be fully operational. The shortages caused blackouts for 18 hours a day, although we’re hearing from most Palestinians in Gaza that they only have electricity for about three hours each day. 

Dr. Rasha, a physician in the Gaza Strip who specializes in internal medicine and treating patients with severe infections told us that since 2008, hospitals in Gaza have outfitted their ICUs and critical care devices (like oxygen ventilators) to run on diesel-powered generators. With checkpoints closed, no one inside of Gaza, hospitals included, could restock their fuel reserves. 

Outside of compounding electrical shortages, World Health Organization said the checkpoint closures impacted around 100 patients a day. Meaning, Palestinian with cancer and other severe illnesses who receive treatment in Israel were not able to exit Gaza.

First-line medical care was totally disrupted over the last week and a half. Dr. Rasha, who asked that her full name be withheld from publication said, “For now I’m not treating patients because I can’t access the health facilities and because they are severely damaged. We have been told that at any time when hospitals are overwhelmed and they need our services, I will be going instead to the main hospital.”

This is a common course for physicians across Gaza who awoke last week to find their workplaces were struck in airstrikes. On Sunday, a bombing damaged a sterilization room and a waiting area in a clinic run by Médecins Sans Frontières. According to the group, the blast killed 42 people, including two physicians and 10 children.

“The situation has already been horrible this week, with the number of civilian casualties rising daily, but when I saw the damage to the area and the MSF clinic the morning after the attack, I was speechless,” said Dr. Mohammed Abu Mughaiseeb, MSF’s Deputy Medical Coordinator in Gaza. 

“The clinic, where we see over 1,000 children a year with burns and trauma injuries, was missing a wall and debris was lying everywhere.” Dr. Abu Mughaiseeb said. 

WHO’s regional director Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari  said this week: “At least 42 health care workers have been injured.”

“This includes the almost total destruction of Hala Al Shawa primary care clinic and substantial damage to the central testing laboratory for COVID-19 at Rimal clinic in Gaza City. The latter incident resulted in the severe injury of a doctor who was on duty at the time, who is currently in an intensive care unit,” he said.

Roads destroyed leading to hospitals and clinics

Outside of destruction to the physical building, the roads leading to the clinic were loaded with debris, and pavement was ripped from the ground in the explosions. Dr. Rasha told us the same has occurred in the streets that feed into Gaza City’s main hospital and emergency room.

“The streets leading up to al-Shifa hospital have been destroyed, so ambulances have difficultly getting to the emergency room,” she said. “I feel this is an important point to mention, that even if the hospitals themselves aren’t targeted the infrastructure around the medical facilities is.”

Unable to provide medical services, she is isolating in her house with her husband and two children under the age of ten. At night, when airstrikes are most intense, they took to sleeping in one room, “We prefer to be killed together or to survive together because of the stories. A whole family is lost except for a baby, or a father, or a mother. No one can imagine how this is for that one person who is left,” said Dr. Rasha who described several individual cases of multiple members of the same family, including children being killed in a single airstrike. 

“My husband, he is trying to support me because sometimes I collapse crying when I see photos of people killed,” she said. 

The UN has calculated that “at least 14 families in Gaza have lost three or more family members in the same incident,” for a total of around 77 casualties. “On 20 May, an Israeli missile hit a three-story residential building in Khan Younis with 30 people, including 10 children and six women, inside: the missile did not explode, but three civilians, including two children, were injured,” the UN reported. 

“It’s very difficult to sleep, It’s like a dream to have five hours of continuous sleep. Maximum I have had an hour of sleep,” she told us. 

When bombs are dropped nearby, the impact rattles her house, “Me and my husband hug our children and try to calm them down.” Earlier in the week “We bagged precious items, and documents. We sleep nightly by the exits of our apartment building,” she explained. “This is not only me, this is everyone, my family, my friends my relatives.”

Aggravating the crisis, most of Gaza is without access to piped water. Both pipes for drinking water and sewage lines were damaged in airstrikes, along with one of Gaza’s two landfills. The three mains desalination plants and sewage treatment facilities have all shut down, leaving 100,000 cubic meters of wastewater pumped directly into the sea. The Palestinian Water Authority said they have no ability to repair the infrastructure, as they do not have a stock of parts. 

In terms of water, Dr. Rasha’s family has a relatively more stable source. Her family uses a tanker system and does not rely on public infrastructure. Still, the tank needs to be refilled. “I anticipate that I have two weeks more, maximum, drinking water, but after that, if there is not movement for cars, we might run out,” she said. 

“I am scared to walk in the streets,” she said. “We have some things stored at home. My husband goes to the supermarket to buy the additional things, but rapidly.”

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No Vaccine Passports in Texas! Medical Doctors Testify Before State Senate to Oppose Mandatory COVID Shots – Global ResearchGlobal Research – Centre for Research on Globalization




No Vaccine Passports in Texas! Medical Doctors Testify Before State Senate to Oppose Mandatory COVID Shots - Global ResearchGlobal Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

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This past week the Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs took testimony from Texas physicians regarding SB 1669: Stop Forced Vaccination and Vaccine Passports in Texas.

SB 1669 was sponsored by Senator Bob Hall.

You can learn more about this bill at the National Vaccine Information Center’s Advocacy Portal (registration required.)

Here is some of the text provided to the public regarding Senate Bill 1669:

Contact your Texas State Legislators and Demand No Forced Vaccination, No Vaccine Passports, No Exceptions – Support SB 1669

Mandated vaccination in Texas with COVID-19 vaccines will be the reality unless the legislature takes decisive action now.  In fact, it has already started happening.

Houston Methodist Hospital has told its 26,000 employees to get vaccinated by June 7th or get fired. Atria Senior Living, which has 16 facilities in Texas, is requiring all employees to receive 2 COVID-19 vaccines by May 1, 2021 as a condition of employment or face termination.

The city of Farmer’s Branch, Texas is requiring COVID-19 vaccination to access the city run facility called The Branch Connection. Forget taking a cruise with Royal Caribbean from Texas unless you’ve been COVID-19 vaccinated. St. Edwards University in Austin became one of the first colleges to mandate COVID-19 vaccines.

This is just the beginning.

Governor Abbott’s Executive Order Prohibiting COVID-19 Vaccine Passports Falls Short at Protection

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has been quoted saying that in Texas, COVID-19 vaccines “are always voluntary and never forced.”

The truth is Executive Order GA 35 falls short at preserving the right of law-abiding Texas citizens to be able to function normally in society without having to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination.

EO GA 35 only prohibits the government, or public or private entities funded by the government, from requiring documentation of an individual’s COVID-19 vaccination status. This does nothing to prohibit businesses not receiving government funding from banning customers who don’t have a COVID-19 vaccine. Also, this executive order fails to give any protection to employees whose employers are requiring COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment.

In addition, the limited protections offered in EO GA 35 will be short lived because the order only applies to “Emergency Use Authorization” (EUA) COVID-19 vaccines.  Once a vaccine has received full FDA approval, the EUA designation no longer applies and therefore neither will any protection in this executive order including the ban on forced vaccination by the government. Full FDA approval will be soon. Moderna, the manufacture of one of the 3 available COVID-19 vaccines, is already seeking full FDA approval, and Pfizer, one of the other manufacturers, announced it would seek full approval in the first half of 2021.

Governor Abbott’s executive order also falls short when compared to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s executive order banning vaccines passports which additionally prohibits all business from requiring COVID-19 vaccination status or post infection recovery status to gain access to or service from the business, and it applies to all COVID-19 vaccines instead of expiring after full FDA approval is achieved. It also protects personal privacy rights by prohibiting the government from publishing or sharing a person’s COVID-19 vaccination status to third parties.

Texans Need a Law Passed to Protect them From Forced Vaccination and Vaccine Passports (If you want to immediately see what you can do to help pass SB 1669 into law in Texas scroll down to “Action Needed)”

We are grateful to announce that Texas history has been made with the filing of
SB 1669 in the Texas Legislature by Senator Bob Hall.

SB 1669 prohibits discrimination or segregation based on vaccination or immune status and prohibits forced vaccination in all areas of your life.

We need your help getting SB 1669 moving as the bill is currently stalled awaiting a hearing in the Senate State Affairs Committee. Legislators need to be educated about the shortcomings in Governor Abbott’s executive order and the vulnerabilities for mandated vaccination in Texas based on current law so they can pass this bill or amend parts of it onto other bills.

This is by far the most comprehensive bill prohibiting mandated vaccination in all areas that could affect your life including government orders, employment, healthcare, education, access to businesses, access to events and venues like sports and concerts, long-term care, nursing homes, insurance, and childcare.

Read more at the National Vaccine Information Center’s Advocacy Portal.

Senator Bob Hall, in his opening statements at the Senate hearing this week stated:

The chief responsibility and Constitutional role of our government is to protect the rights of the individual. Employees can take off their helmets, masks, and uniforms at the end of the work day, but they cannot remove a vaccine.

Dr. Richard Bartlett was the first physician to testify in favor of SB 1669 to Stop Forced Vaccination and Vaccine Passports in Texas.

Dr. Bartlett has over 28 years of medical practice experience and is a veteran primary care and emergency room doctor in West Texas.

Dr. Bartlett is best known since the COVID crisis started as a doctor who has cured many patients using an older, already FDA approved drug, called budesonide, which is an inhaled corticosteroid. (Learn more here.)

During his testimony, Dr. Bartlett explained that there are existing treatments already available to treat COVID patients, making it unnecessary to mandate experimental new “vaccines.”

He pointed to a recent Oxford University study just published that showed 90% success rate in using inhaled budesonide with COVID patients in preventing long-term care or hospitalization.

From the Oxford study:

The STOIC study found that inhaled budesonide given to patients with COVID-19 within seven days of the onset of symptoms also reduced recovery time. Budesonide is a corticosteroid used in the long-term management of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Findings from the phase 2 randomised study, which was supported by the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), were published on the medRxiv pre-print server.

The findings from 146 people – of whom half took 800 micrograms of the medication twice a day and half were on usual care – suggests that inhaled budesonide reduced the relative risk of requiring urgent care or hospitalisation by 90% in the 28-day study period. Participants allocated the budesonide inhaler also had a quicker resolution of fever, symptoms and fewer persistent symptoms after 28 days. (Source.)

Dr. Bartlett works in the Emergency Room, and he stated that there are very few patients coming in now with COVID, but “I am now seeing more people come in (to the ER) who are having complications from the COVID shot.”

And Dr. Bartlett points out that these are mostly younger people who were in excellent health before the shot, since Dr. Bartlett works in Lubbock, Texas, which is a college town.

Dr. Ben Edwards of Veritas Medical in Lubbock, Texas, was the next physician to give testimony in favor of SB 1669 to Stop Forced Vaccination and Vaccine Passports in Texas.

Dr. Edwards received his degree from Baylor University, and later graduated from UT-Houston Medical School. He moved to Waco to complete his training at the Waco Family Practice Residency Program where he was Chief Resident. He now operates three clinics in West Texas.

Dr. Edwards stated his concern that “the forced and coerced COVID-19 vaccinations would, in my opinion, be a violation of the Nuremberg Code,” as well as several other international codes on bioethics and human rights.

He cited the fact that the CDC is now reporting 4,178 deaths reported to VAERS, while for the previous 20 years combined there were 4,182 deaths recorded from all vaccines.

He also pointed out that a Harvard Study has previously estimated that only about 1% of all adverse reactions to vaccines are ever reported to VAERS. Two other subsequent studies showed the same thing.

In his own practice, Dr. Edwards stated that he has received “numerous reports within hours of receiving the COVID vaccines that people have suffered strokes, heart attacks, pulmonary embolisms (blood clots), and sudden death.”

Dr. Edwards went on to cite research which shows that those with natural immunity to COVID (they already had it) will see a 2 to 3 fold increase risk of adverse reactions from the COVID shots.

Over half of Texans now have this natural immunity. He stated:

On a personal note, I believe that God gave us an amazingly robust immune system, and I don’t think you can improve on God.

The next physician to testify in favor of SB 1669 to Stop Forced Vaccination and Vaccine Passports in Texas was Dr. Amy Offutt from St. Marble Falls, TX.

Dr. Offutt is trained in Integrative Medicine. She was recently appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to the Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome Advisory Council. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors for ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society).

Dr. Offutt is another physician who has been successfully treating COVID patients with existing early treatment protocols.

She testified:

As of last Friday, my practice has treated 579 acutely ill patients as old as 98 years of age, with only ten hospitalizations and one dead.

The man who died presented on the 12th day of illness was a transplant patient and had already been to the ER multiple times before seeking care from us. This was such an unnecessary tragedy.

Dr. Offutt believes that “informed consent is the core to shared decision making in medicine.”

The next physician to testify in favor of SB 1669 to Stop Forced Vaccination and Vaccine Passports in Texas was Dr. Angelina Farella from Webster, TX.

Dr. Farella is a pediatrician with over 25 years experience. She started out her testimony to the Senate Committee by stating:

I am here today to protect our children in Texas. This is a very scary situation that we are in right now.

Dr. Farella stated that as a pediatrician she has given out tens of thousands of vaccines, and that she is not “anti-vaccine,” but:

I am against this COVID vaccine, if we can even call it that (a vaccine.)

What we are doing to our children with this vaccine is actually criminal.

All of these physicians are “frontline physicians” who actually treat patients, but their clinical experiences in treating COVID patients is being censored by the corporate media, and ignored by the government and Big Pharma, in favor mass vaccination instead.

Here is their testimony. This is from our Rumble Channel, and it is also on our Bitchute Channel.

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Baby girl born at 24 weeks with feet the size of pennies proves medical doctors wrong




Baby girl born at 24 weeks with feet the size of pennies proves medical doctors wrong

Learning that you’re pregnant is both exciting and scary. You can’t wait for your son or daughter to enter the world. At the same time, there’s a nine-month period that you hope goes well, for you and the baby.

Fortunately, most births go as planned, ending with the mom and infant healthy and happy. But in rare instances, things go wrong. That’s the story of one little girl who was determined to do things her way.

A journey begins

Victoria Bradley and Paul Curran who live in Liverpool, Merseyside, were over the moon when they learned they were having a baby. Like other couples, they anticipated that everything would be fine. But when she hit the 24-week mark, that all changed.

The baby is born

That’s right, at just 24 weeks, Victoria went into labor, followed by naming the baby Francesca Bradley-Curran. The crazy thing is that if the delivery had taken place just two days before, the baby’s life would’ve been considered unviable. That means had she been born only 48 hours earlier and not taken a breath on her own, the doctors couldn’t legally intervene.

At birth, Francesca only weighed one pound, six ounces. Being so little, the medical experts warned Victoria and Paul that there was a good chance she wouldn’t survive. And if she did, they shouldn’t expect that she would ever walk or talk like other children.

As you can imagine, the news was hard to take. Here they had this little baby whose feet were the same size as a penny. Despite the warning, this mom and dad remained dedicated to their daughter, willing to do everything they could to give her a quality life.

Although the doctors didn’t have much hope that this baby would even survive, the hospital staff still provided her with excellent care. Between their work and the love of her parents, she hung in there. Day after day, Francesca didn’t just survive but she began to thrive.

She was a fighter

Of course, this baby was strong and she wanted to live. So, with everyone fighting on her behalf, she too fought. And it’s a good thing because a miracle happened.

Growing up fast

In September 2020, the once one-pound, six-ounce premature baby with tiny feet turned nine. But there’s even better news. She walks, talks, runs, plays, and does everything that other kids her age do. As her mom stated, “From the minute she opens her eyes, she’s a constant ball of energy.”

The doctors were shocked

Against all odds, this baby made it. And in response to that, the doctors who initially treated her were shocked but also thrilled. Today, Victoria has a hard time remembering just how tiny her daughter was until she looks back at photos and videos.

Whenever Victoria goes back in time or talks about the journey she and her husband took, she feels emotional. After all, they were told their baby wasn’t going to live. And if she did, she would never be normal.

A beautiful young girl

Victoria can’t believe all they went through. She said she’s still amazed at how they coped with the unbelievable pain they experienced. But with a bubbly daughter who’s the light of their life, it was all worth it.

Perhaps this story will serve to encourage other parents of premature babies. Never give up … keep fighting. You can learn more about Francesca and see photos that show just how small she was by clicking on the video below.

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Cedric Jackson is a contributor at Shareably.

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