Don’t miss the political point of Trump’s attack on food stamps

The Trump administration is clear that it wants to make it harder for "able-bodied" adults with no kids to get Supplemental Nutrition program benefits (aka "food stamps").  Trump's proposed budget cuts to the program haven't a prayer in Congress, but no matter; much the same purpose can be achieved through changes to how the program … Continue reading Don’t miss the political point of Trump’s attack on food stamps

16-year-old Swede shows more wisdom than all our world leaders combined

Following is a link to a TED talk by the almost eerily compelling young climate activist (though that term seems hardly strong enough), Ms. Greta Thunberg.  Her closing comments on hope - recall that social work favors referring to itself as 'the profession of hope' - strike me as both profoundly accurate and eminently quotable … Continue reading 16-year-old Swede shows more wisdom than all our world leaders combined

When will Mississippi public school teachers get more militant?

Mississippi's K-12 teachers lobbied hard for a $4000 across-the-board raise this legislative session.  After all, it's an election year, when even stingy, "anti-big-government" legislators like to strike their most generous poses.  Instead the teachers got a mere $1500 raise, less than 40% of their ask. Joyce Helmick, president of the Mississippi Association of Educators, was … Continue reading When will Mississippi public school teachers get more militant?

Despair and hope converge in need for a “next system”aligned with social work’s vision

Today's news coverage includes two riveting stories - a white-supremacist massacre of peaceful Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, and a worldwide (involving 100 countries) series of student strikes demanding immediate and urgent government action to combat growing climate disruption. The first is, ultimately, a story of nihilistic despair - terrorist murderers perversely believe that violently … Continue reading Despair and hope converge in need for a “next system”aligned with social work’s vision