January 18, 2021 Today is MLK Day, so let us, on this national holiday celebrated in the shadow of 2020's despicable surge of reactionary white supremacist violence, pause to recall some insights of King the radical Christian egalitarian, expressed in his marvelous 1967 speech, "Where Do We Go From Here?": "Depressed living standards for Negroes … Continue reading Social workers: Let’s remember the real Martin Luther King
January 14, 2021 No doubt hoping to reduce the misery attending the first days of his presidency, Joe Biden is optimistically pleading for bi-partisan "unity," "reconciliation," and "healing" in light of the botched January 6 insurrection by Trump's cult followers. He shouldn't be, and social workers, despite their proclivity for the peaceful resolution of conflict, … Continue reading Social workers should resist calls for “unity” and “reconciliation” at this fraught moment
January 11, 2021 NASW-DC (the national office) issued a press release endorsing President Trump's rapid removal from office, either by way of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution or via the Congressional impeachment process. Insisting on "accountability," the brief statement reads, in part - "The despicable attempted coup of our government by a white supremacist … Continue reading NASW calls for Trump’s immediate removal from office; but what then?
January 7, 2021 Yes, hindsight is 20/20, but the indications were already clearly visible for anyone to see: Trump said repeatedly, beginning even before the 2020 presidential election voting started, that he would only accept an election outcome in which he won. Trump and the Trump campaign ginned up one allegation of voting conspiracy or … Continue reading White supremacist assault on Capitol – should social workers be surprised?
January 6, 2021 As crazy as things were in 2020 (and still are as we slide painfully into 2021), nothing is more natural and predictable than a deep desire to "get back to normal." No more pandemic, no more collapsing economy, no more skyrocketing poverty, breadlines and threats of eviction, no more ugly politics. Amen! … Continue reading For Social Work, hunger for “normal” and aim to “build back better” just don’t mix
January 2, 2021 Can a profession make New Year resolutions? If so, here are my suggestions for Social Work in what will undoubtedly be a very challenging 2021. Let us resolve to: Resist injustices old and new. Let us resolve especially to resist the suicidal path of "business as usual," and the austerity-driven rollbacks of … Continue reading Recommended 2021 Social Work resolutions
January 1, 2021 Tenured University of Mississippi sociology professor James Thomas has formally responded to state auditor Shad White's claim that he violated the state’s no-strike law. Thomas, represented by the Mississippi Center for Justice, is suing White for defamation. Good for him, and kudos to MCJ for taking up the case. Here's the story … Continue reading Good news to kick off 2021: UM prof counters state auditor’s attack with lawsuit
December 30, 2020 You didn't need to experience a hellish 2020 to know that our system of global capitalist domination does a pitiful job of meeting the needs of the vast majority of people in the U.S. and on the planet as a whole. But 2020 has shoved the madness up to new and heretofore … Continue reading All indicators point to massive system contradictions, ultimate failure
December 24, 2020 A commonplace criticism of the American version of Christmas - an orgy of consumption and material culture celebration, at least for those who can afford it - is that we forget "the reason for the season." That reason is, of course, the birth of Jesus, whom about two-thirds of Americans (one-third of … Continue reading Christmas, the way of Jesus, and social work
December 14, 2020 The Electoral College meets today, and so naturally the U.S. media is obsessed with the outcome, for one reason only - tweeter-in-chief Trump keeps claiming he won, firing up his supporters and inciting some of them to stage street demonstrations and even a few to commit acts of violence. But serious as … Continue reading U.S. failing the test of providing basic care for its people