5VS Weekly News Roundup

We will regularly roundup articles that have stayed on our minds to share with you all. These are our must-read articles each week.  If there are any articles, podcasts, videos, or content that you want to add to next week's round-up, please email us at thefifthvitalsign@gmail.com. 

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  •  “According to the CDC, black mothers in the U.S. die at three to four times the rate of white mothers, one of the widest of all racial disparities in women’s health.”
  •  “A 2016 analysis of five years of data found that black college-educated mothers who gave birth in local hospitals were more likely to suffer severe complications of pregnancy or childbirth than white women who never graduated from high school. . . It tells you that you can’t educate your way out of this problem. You can’t health-care-access your way out of this problem. There’s something inherently wrong with the system that’s not valuing the lives of black women equally to white women.”
  • “But now many social scientists and medical researchers agree, the problem isn’t race but racism.”
  • “In the more than 200 stories of African-American mothers that ProPublica and NPR have collected over the past year, the feeling of being devalued and disrespected by medical providers was a constant theme.”
  • “But it’s the discrimination that black women experience in the rest of their lives — the double-whammy of race and gender — that may ultimately be the most significant factor in poor maternal outcomes. An expanding field of research shows that the stress of being a black woman in American society can take a significant physical toll during pregnancy and childbirth.”
  • Read more here: https://www.propublica.org/article/nothing-protects-black-women-from-dying-in-pregnancy-and-childbirth?utm_campaign=sprout&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=1512686351
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We’ve been paying close attention to the discussion around net neutrality. This is important to us as internet users, as small business owners, as people who believe in social justice. This Thursday, December 14 the FCC will vote on whether or not to maintain net neutrality. Read more here: https://www.savetheinternet.com/net-neutrality-what-you-need-know-now