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...And Here in the US!
November is here and bringing with it new beginnings. This year we find
ourselves reorganizing, re-evaluating, and starting up anew after
isolating ourselves during an intensely hot summer and politically
chaotic fall. I don't know about you, but I have been confined to our
house for what seems like ages now and I'm ready for something new.
So now, as the season cools and we are ever more confident about how to
stay safe amid a pandemic, I invite you to stop, reflect and recharge.
Life has changed, a new season is beginning, and with it a new reality.
To kick off this season, we are presenting a new look to our newsletter
and I hope you'll enjoy this format. Read on to learn what else is afoot
Meet our New Digital Marketing Team!
For a long
time, the Social Media role at AZELO remained unfilled. "Nope," our tech
experts sniffed, when asked if they'd take it on. But hard times
can bring about good things and one good thing produced by the forced
isolation of the Covid pandemic was time to create a successful social
Click on any of
the social media icons at the bottom of this newsletter to visit
our sites. And while there, be sure to "like" "follow" "subscribe" or
If you support this cause but have
literally no time to spare, we have the perfect job for you: just help
us get the word out among your family, your friends and your
neighborhood. And if you use social media, all the better! Just follow
the social media link of your choice (at the bottom of this newsletter)
and then "like" or "follow us" there.
Whether you are a Facebook Fanatic, an Instagram Aficionado or a Twitter
or YouTube Junkie, your "like" or "follow" will add legitimacy to our
While you're at it, why not share this newsletter with two of your friends?
Dave, our Accountant, Webinar Lead, internet and computer Wiz, who is
something of an enigma. You see, Dave is colorblind, which doesn't
interfere with his computing talents however, we would expect it to
interfere with a particular hobby Dave has, and which he is
Imagine our surprise to find Dave’s
hobby as a nature photographer. “I just seem to have a unique
perspective not shared by many it seems,” says Dave about his work,
“since I’m colorblind, I would never, EVER adjust color in my photos,
but I do seem to have a knack at recognizing and capturing a great scene
and then enhancing it by tweaking the shadowing, contrast, and cropping
to bring out it’s inherent design elements.”
BBC News - New Zealand euthanasia: Assisted dying to be legal for terminally ill people Matt Vickers carried on his late wife
Lecretia Seales' campaign to change New Zealand's law on assisted dying.
Photograph: Matt Vickers New Zealand has voted to legalize euthanasia in what campaigners have called "a victory for compassion and kindness."
BC News -Call for parliament to review assisted dying law in England and Wales Jane
Nicklinson, one of the signatories of the letter, holds a picture of
her husband Tony, who had locked-in syndrome in the run-up to his death
in 2012. Photograph: Rex Features
An open letter, whose signatories include Phil Newby, who is terminally
ill with motor neurone disease, demands parliament look again at the
issue five years after a private members bill was overwhelmingly
An opinion poll last year showed that more than 90% of the UK
population believed assisted dying should be legalized for those with
terminal illnesses, and 88% considered it acceptable for people with
dementia to receive help to end their lives, provided they consented
before losing their mental capacity.
...And Here in the US! Arizona Psychological Association endorses Medical Aid in Dying
in 1950, AzPA advocates for mental health issues and helps folks in
need of services, find a psychologist. Its mission is to advance
the profession, preserve its integrity, promote health, and advocate in
the public interest. Led by Rebbeca Lahann, PsyD, the organization
stated this week that it supports medical aid in dying for Arizona's
The endorsement states that "the Governing Council of
AzPA urges the State Legislature to consider the enactment of
legislation, using as a model, Oregon’s “Death with Dignity Act and
similar legislative acts in other states such as Washington and Vermont,
under which terminally-ill adult Arizonans would be allowed to make a
written request for the prescription of medication for the purpose of
ending life in a humane and dignified manner."
Nine states and the District of Columbia currently have medical aid in
dying in place. In our state, Arizona End of Life Options (AZELO) is a
grassroots organization which educates the public about MAID and has the
goal of passing legislation by 2022 so that eligible citizens can chose
to die with dignity.
Other endorsements awarded to AZELO include the city councils from
Sedona, Ora Valley, and Bisbee, the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians
(neutral), Secular Coalition of Arizona, ACLU Arizona
Chapter, and the Unitarian Universalist churches of Tucson and Prescott.
If you haven't already, register for our live webinar on zoom about the
Six Choices at the End of Life. Other recorded webinars are also
available on the webinar page of the AZELO website at https://AZELO.net/webinar