How will social work respond to the impacts of climate disruption?

Increasingly, even the "optimists" among climate change realists are concluding that massive disruptions to both the natural and social worlds are a certainty.  Even if rapid and effective government action somehow manages to avert the very worst effects (whatever those might be, but we can't rule out runaway climate feedback loops spelling the extinction of … Continue reading How will social work respond to the impacts of climate disruption?

Public health workers declare police violence a public health issue

An important development that I nearly missed - At their recent annual meeting in San Diego, voting representatives of the more than 25,000 members of the American Public Health Association (APHA) approved a policy that identifies violence associated with "law enforcement" as a major public health concern.  (You can read about it here - https://filtermag.org/2018/11/15/the-american-public-health-association-declares-police-violence-a-public-health-issue/) … Continue reading Public health workers declare police violence a public health issue

Might Mississippi be finally waking up to the climate crisis?

You'd be hard pressed to find much major media discussion of the climate crisis in Mississippi.  (Let's stop talking about climate "change," by the way; it's already a crisis that can only intensify with time).  So imagine my surprise at seeing the Clarion-Ledger today run a front-page story on the failure of both senatorial candidates, … Continue reading Might Mississippi be finally waking up to the climate crisis?

Does Trump’s bellicose style prompt violent assaults on his critics?

What?! Why would anyone make that ridiculous conjunction?  Sure, President Trump praises “body slammers,” but he’s never told anyone to make a pipe bomb!   Jeez.  You might as well try to connect the unrestrained proliferation of guns to the repeated massacres of innocent people, the growing ferocity of hurricanes to global warming, or fast-flowing rivers … Continue reading Does Trump’s bellicose style prompt violent assaults on his critics?

What’s really at stake with the Brett Kavanaugh nomination to the Supreme Court?

What's at stake?  A lot, obviously, and the punditry press is literally choked with words trying to capture one or another piece of the total picture.  Center stage in recent days has been, with good reason, the way women victims of sexual assault are heard (or not) by men of power.  Just off in the … Continue reading What’s really at stake with the Brett Kavanaugh nomination to the Supreme Court?