1862 Jane A Delano

Jane A. Delano, in full Jane Arminda Delano, (born March 12, 1862, Montour Falls, New York, U.S.—died April 15, 1919, Savenay, France), American nurse and educator who made possible the enlistment of more than 20,000 U.S. nurses for overseas duty during World War I.

Delano taught school for two years and graduated from the Bellevue Hospital School of Nursing in New York City in 1886. She became superintendent of nurses (1887–88) in Jacksonville, Florida, where she insisted on the use of mosquito netting to prevent the spread of yellow fever at a time when the mosquito was not known to be a carrier of the disease. In Bisbee, Arizona, she established a hospital for the care of miners suffering from scarlet fever.


Stop DeJoy’s 10-year plan to privatize the USPS!

Stop DeJoy’s 10-year plan to privatize the USPS!

We need to act to save the United States Postal Service from Wall Street and Trump-appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

It’s no accident that DeJoy — the first Postmaster General in two decades without experience working in the postal service — was appointed just months after Trumps’ Office of Management and Budget released recommendations that the USPS should be privatized. The result has been the slow decimation of one of America’s most treasured institutions.

The Postal Service is a lifeline to people living in remote areas, rural communities, and Indigenous communities. For example, these communities rely on the postal service to receive medications and to vote-by-mail, because their towns are too small for polling places.

Privatizing the USPS would hurt these communities the most because — unlike UPS and FedEx — the USPS is required by law to deliver all mail to all regions at a flat rate.

Private companies won’t build offices in rural and remote areas because it’s not profitable. In fact, these private companies often rely on the USPS for “last-mile delivery” to get mail and packages to remote areas because it would be too expensive for them to do it any other way.[1]

That’s why privatization would lead to less service and higher rates. How do we know for sure? Look at what’s already happening. FedEx’s newest rate hike of 6.9% went into effect on January 2 of this year — and this is on top of previous rate hikes of 4.9% in 2021 and 5.9% in 2022.[2] These price hikes even feature a new higher surcharge of $13.25/package for some rural communities.

Now, with MAGA Republicans controlling the U.S. House, the postal service is at a greater threat than ever. It’s up to a strong USPS Postal Board to stand up to DeJoy and stop the 10-year plan before it’s too late.

Click “START WRITING” to send a message directly to the USPS Board of Governors today and demand they put a stop to Louis DeJoy’s 10-year plan to privatize the postal service now.

[2] If the US Postal Service fails, rural America will suffer the most
[3] FedEx to hike rates by 6.9% ‘given the inflationary backdrop’

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Terry McMillan excerpted in Essence 2008 … Black History is American History


AP – FILE – In this Feb. 11, 2008 file photo, author Terry McMillan arrives to the Evidence Dance Company’s …

By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer Hillel Italie, Ap National Writer Tue May 18, 6:29 am ET

NEW YORK – In honor of its 40th anniversary, Essence magazine is bringing back an old friend: Terry McMillan.

A few pages of excerpts from McMillan’s “Getting to Happy,” a sequel to her million-selling “Waiting to Exhale,” will appear in the next four issues of Essence, starting with the June edition, which came out this week. It’s a familiar place for McMillan, whose ties to the magazine date back to the 1970s, when she was in college and won an Essence writing contest.

“They’re like family,” McMillan, whose book comes out this fall, says of Essence, “and Essence readers have been a large part of my audience.”

Essence senior editor Patrik Henry Bass noted the magazine’s long support for black women writers, including Alice Walker, Toni Morrison and Gloria Naylor. When Essence started, Morrison’s debut novel, “The Bluest Eye,” had just been released. Walker was years away from writing “The Color Purple” and Toni Cade Bambara had yet to publish her first book.

“Nobody in the mainstream media was paying attention to these women,” Bass says.

“We wanted to do something special for the anniversary and when I heard that Terry was writing `Getting to Happy,’ I said, `Terry, what do you have so far? Could you do something original for us?’ And she said, `Well, I just finished the sequel and we thought, “Why not do excerpts?”‘ She couldn’t believe it, because so few people do excerpts anymore.”

McMillan’s “Waiting to Exhale,” published in 1992, tells of the personal and professional conflicts of four women living in Phoenix. The novel sold more than 1 million copies and is still cited as a landmark for convincing publishers of the large audience size for black fiction.

McMillan, whose other books include “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” and “The Interruption of Everything,” said she had no intention of writing a sequel to “Exhale” until she spoke at a church in Oakland, Calif., around a year ago. A resident of the Bay area, the author was still getting over her vicious, public feud with ex-husband Jonathan Plummer and read a poem about her experience.

“So these women responded big time to this poem, and there was this aura, women crying and all kinds of stuff. When it was time to sign books, there were women I had gone to college with, women who had been ex-professors, financial aid counselors. I spoke to them and realized how many of them had never been married, how many were divorced, how many never had children,” she says.

“I wanted to be able to dramatize that in some way. I didn’t want to tell just one woman’s story. And that’s when it dawned on me that I had four women I might be able to turn to. I got the paperback off the shelf and looked over it and said, `You know, they were the perfect candidates.'”

McMillan, 58, is a native of Port Huron, Mich., who, in 1987, self-published her first novel, “Mama.” She became a major best seller with “Disappearing Acts” and a superstar after “Waiting to Exhale.” Her appeal has long been her rough take on relationships, a knack that Essence seems to have appreciated long ago. The topic for the magazine’s writing contest: Are black men and women closer than they used to be, or further apart?