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

One thing I can agree with Trump about – Bring the troops home

President Trump has taken a serious drubbing from both the political right and left for his decision to pull troops out of Syria and Afghanistan.  I am not pleased.  This is perhaps the one issue on which I'm inclined to support the president, against the united warmongering front presented by the military-industrial-corporate media-Congressional complex.  Social … Continue reading One thing I can agree with Trump about – Bring the troops home

Can anyone doubt that climate change is the story of 2018?

New York Times columnist David Leonhardt opined yesterday (Dec. 30) that "the story of 2018 was climate change."  Leonhardt explains: "The past year is on pace to be the earth's fourth warmest on record, and the five warmest years have all occurred since 2010.  This warming is now starting to cause a lot of damage.  … Continue reading Can anyone doubt that climate change is the story of 2018?

Does Mississippi like being last in health rankings?

Does Mississippi covet being at the bottom of the national health heap?  You would think as much, given how we never stray too far from it. In fact, the most recent United Health Foundation ranking has Mississippi moving up a notch overall - over its "rival" for last place, Louisiana.  But no worries, there's still … Continue reading Does Mississippi like being last in health rankings?

Yellow Vests movement in France deserves attention from U.S. social workers

This is what a democratic uprising can look like - https://www.facebook.com/nytvideo/videos/frances-yellow-vests-protests-understanding-the-collective-rage/261768511159947/ - and it scares the hell out of neoliberal elites everywhere, in the U.S. as well as Europe.  Which no doubt helps to explain why four weeks of Gilets Jaunes ("yellow vests") protest in France has been largely ignored by the American corporate media. French … Continue reading Yellow Vests movement in France deserves attention from U.S. social workers

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