In light of our nation's latest mad act in the war in Ukraine - deciding to send advanced tanks to Ukraine, opening the gate for other NATO countries to act in kind - I wrote today to my three Congressional representatives (the rookie Rep. Ezell in the 4th Congressional district, and the veteran Senators Hyde-Smith … Continue reading Tell your representatives to stop sleepwalking their way to war and self-annihilation
If you haven't read Adam Ganucheau's editorial earlier this week in Mississippi Today, I recommend you do so - https://mississippitoday.org/2023/01/16/broken-lawmaking-process/ Ganucheau bluntly exposes the highly unrepresentative and very un-transparent legislative process presently dominating the state, contrasting ugly reality with the textbook democratic manner in which things are supposed to work. How is the process supposed … Continue reading Mississippi Today editorial tears away the veil of a badly corrupted political process
The title of this post is drawn from a speech delivered by Martin Luther King 56 years ago today. King was of course referring to the future of the struggle for Black liberation for which he is known and celebrated by a national holiday. But the question is one that every social worker - committed … Continue reading “Where do we go from here?”
There's perhaps no better proof of our political vocabulary's impoverishment than media portrayals of the Republican Party's hard-right Freedom Caucus as "conservative." In truth, there's very little about today's Republican Party as a whole - maybe better referred to as the Trump-ublican Party - that is conservative in any meaningful historical sense of the term. … Continue reading What’s “conservative” about the Republican Party’s Freedom Caucus?
Even social workers who hate thinking about policy know that policy, and especially national social welfare policy, is incredibly important - indeed, it is essential to the the primary mission of the profession "to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment … Continue reading Social workers, note: The circus in D.C. is no joke; it’s the next phase of the coup that started January 6, 2021
Just a quick note on this first morning of the first day of the new year. Of all the issues and developments that will no doubt crowd our attention in 2023, I think each of the following carries the potential for decisive impact. First, labor struggles and the unionization movement. To my mind, the large … Continue reading Three things social workers should watch in 2023
Destabilized natural systems clearly have no respect for the holiday season. Right now I'm thinking of just two of this week's horror stories resulting from the latest "once in a generation" (uh, really?) storm. In blizzard-battered Buffalo, hundreds of national guardsmen are still finding frozen bodies and rescuing families from houses lacking food and heat. … Continue reading Systemic infrastructure neglect is undermining social welfare
Nobody really wins in war. Indeed, who dares disagree with the assertion of journalist and former war correspondent Chris Hedges' latest book, "The Greatest Evil is War"? Death, destruction and trauma, squandered wealth and wasted talents, deeply sown seeds of future antagonisms and cycles of violence, suicidal distraction from the urgent tasks of promoting genuine … Continue reading Social workers, why not resolve to prioritize peace in 2023?
So today I had lined up three appointments important to various projects I'm working on. All of them had to be canceled due to a severe weather projection - at least heavy rains and strong winds rolling through several Southern states on the front end of a cold front. In response, schools (including USM) and … Continue reading Even at its best, an advancing climate crisis means the disruption of daily life
On the face of it, the recent decision by Congress to prohibit a strike by railroad workers has little to do with the profession of social work. But we social workers should should look more closely; if we do, I'm convinced we'll realize that this anti-labor rights action has serious implications for the general state … Continue reading Why should social workers care about a thwarted strike by railroad workers?