Karen Brodine: Poet, Feminist, Revolutionary, 1947–1987

February 1988

o body swayed to music. o brightening glance. How can we know the dancer — W.B. Yeats Karen Brodine was barely 40 years old when she died of cancer on October 18, 1987. Her death was a tragedy, an abrupt and unnatural end to a dynamic, productive life. Her death was unnecessary: cancer killed her… Read more »

Poems by Karen Brodine: By Fire or by Water

September 1991

1. February 1986 Dreams this terrible week. Su and I are standing on an open porch waiting for people to arrive. In every direction, a pure and fierce and gentle snow is falling. I’m dancing a kind of waltz-polka, faster, faster, till I spin off from my partner, off balance, careening. A tiny dog yaps… Read more »

Clinton healthcare plan protects profits by rationing services

July 1993

The Democrats tell us they’ll fix the crisis-racked healthcare system. But a close look at their plan, managed competition, proves this is just another empty promise. The D.C. elite wants to pretend the problem is limited to high costs and the lack of coverage for 37 million people. But that’s only a small part of… Read more »

Clinton’s war on welfare mothers

October 1994

A few years back, when then Vice President Dan Quayle blamed single mothers like TV’s Murphy Brown for every problem imaginable, he seemed out of touch. Today his ideas have become establishment “wisdom.” President Clinton helped popularize them in a February State of the Union sermon against “the breakdown of the family,” an event which… Read more »

Australia throws jobless to mercy of corporate agencies

October 1995

Australians are constantly bombarded with the analysis that tiny decreases in unemployment figures mean the economy is growing, even though hundreds of thousands of workers have been fired in recent years. I lost my community service job two years ago when government funding was cut. Those of us in the crowded social security queues, supplementing… Read more »

Rise of HMOs brings decline in healthcare and job conditions

October 1995

I’ve been privatized! I work at the Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU), formerly a state agency. In July, we left the state system and became a public corporation with a board of directors “just like any modem business,” as its boosters like to say. Now we are freed from state regulations and standards. More of… Read more »

“Miracle drugs” no solution to AIDS crisis

July 1997

THE END OF AIDS? Has a cure been found? That’s what Newsweek and the UPI would have us believe. Well, don’t uncork the champagne just yet. Although the hope on the horizon is dazzlingly real, AIDS still remains a terminal condition for the vast majority. And the reasons for this have to do as much… Read more »

AIDS prevention activists threatened with jail

April 1999

In the U.S., AIDS is the leading killer of Latinos and African Americans between the ages of 25 and 44. Half of those deaths are injection related. Obviously, clean needle exchange programs are vital in the war against AIDS. Unfortunately, the U.S. government’s racist War against Drugs is sabotaging these programs. In May 1998, police… Read more »

Norplant & Depo-Provera

October 1999

The callous, deadly, and racist disregard that the U.S. government and medical and pharmaceutical industries have always shown for the health and reproductive rights of women, especially those who are of color, poor, or young, is back on display with a vengeance. Despite an ample record of appalling side effects, the drugs Norplant and Depo-Provera… Read more »

What’s Up, Doc? Unions!

January 2000

While a fraction of U.S. physicians are megabuck entrepreneurs, nearly half of the nation’s doctors work for a salary. As the corporate model spreads through medicine — invading the public sector and teaching hospitals — stagnant salaries and escalating productivity quotas have convinced a growing number of MDs it’s time to unionize. By mid-1999, three… Read more »