Wednesday, July 22, 2009



Calling All Native Activist's and Civil Rights Organizations - Can You Pick Up The Issue on Mr. Cornstalks Privacy Violations? Mr. Cornstalk was a homeless patient when the photos attached were taken.
Chicago's Staff Infection
"that photo was the screensaver at the FD for a while" rescue responder - FireFighter of Chicago IL.
What if you were treated for an emergency at your local hospital, and the staff that treated you posted your picture on Facebook's Social Networking site, and then in a public forum discusses your medical condition with other doctors and officers and shares it with their friends? This is what has happened to Native American Christopher Cornstalk. What if the Fire Department used your hospital photo as a screensaver? Can City Rescue Workers use your medical information to discuss you on social networking sites, even after you are deceased?
When Native Activist facebook users found this site in existence, the shock and outrage was palpable. The group in question was started by a nurse in Chicago who created a page and added her friends to discuss Christopher Cornstalk's medical condition. The groups name was "Did you know this Alcoholic Indian?"
"As a Native Woman and a former medical professional, I am outraged at the lack of professionalism and outright racism displayed in this public forum. It is unconscionable." Barbara Low, facebook user and Native Activist.
Although Facebook took immediate action to pull the site, activists took screenshots and transcriptions of the group itself prior to deletion. There is also correspondence between group members and firefighters, nurses and emergency officers themselves defending their actions.
Since 1994 Making Change... has reported on issues facing the homeless and relaying information regarding minority groups who have little media access. This newspaper's account was deleted today by Facebook for reporting on the City of Chicago Illinois Rescue and First Responder employees who created a group targeting the deceased Native American who was their patient and homeless.
Within an hour after the press release was issued on facebook, the Making Change... Street Paper account was pulled as evidence. If a newspaper reporter can't break a story on a homeless Native American patient's rights being violated by Chicago Rescue officials, then who has any First Amendment Protections under the Patriot Act?
Jennafer Yellowhorse
Making Change Street Newspaper
(936) 264-7257
The Evidence Online:
City of Chicago's Website you can directly e-mail the mayor and city staff.
Alderman Manuel Flores
Office: 2058 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647

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