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
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
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?
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?
If the U.S. manages to arrest its current slide toward authoritarian despotism, it will be because women - including the record number of candidates, the record number of volunteer operatives, and the record number of voters - stood up and stood out in the 2018 midterm elections. A still-uncertain number of fresh female faces, most … Continue reading Thank you, women
USM School of Social Work faculty & students attend & present at the 47th Annual Alabama-Mississippi Social Work Education Conference.
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?
You can register for the Nov. 14 Colloquium for $45 or free as a student. Theme: "Beyond 'Advocacy' - New Movements for Lasting Change."
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?
Two disaster stories have dominated headlines over the past couple of days – 1. Hurricane Florence barreling in to the Carolinas, killing at least eight, flooding communities, and leaving at least a million people without power; and 2. Thousands of Boston area residents fleeing for their lives as a series of gas explosions set scores … Continue reading Decaying infrastructure puts everyone at risk