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Heat records are being set all over the world this July, and people in large numbers - mainly the young, the elderly, and the poor - are dying because of it. Yes, climate change kills. The link between heat-trapping gases and global warming is proven far past reasonable doubt, and it is absolutely unconscionable that … Continue reading Soaring temperatures are killing people around the world right now
If you think that no matter what, tomorrow will always look pretty much like today, it's time you think again. The U.S. political right continues to rack up successes, even as fierce resistance expands, and there's even an electoral victory for progressives now and then. A 5-4 majority of the Supreme Court already seems intent … Continue reading Wake up, social workers!
One of my students happily reported that citizen voices have succeeded in convincing President Trump to stop, via executive order, the "zero-tolerance" practice of separating illegal immigrant children and parents. Hurrah! Democracy is still alive, even in Trump's America! Well, sort of. The family separation policy had called down an avalanche of criticism from virtually … Continue reading Lesson of Trump’s retreat on immigrant family separation
By now, at least half the country is outraged over the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy of "baby snatching" and "state-sponsored child abuse." As well it should be. The president's efforts to blame Democrats for the public relations imbroglio is ludicrous, as is first lady Melania's lame exhortation for "both sides" to join in resolving … Continue reading Breaking up families is bad, but it’s even worse than you think
I think Iowa's governor, Kim Reynolds, spoke for most of the militant movement to restrict women's reproductive rights when she rhapsodized over her state's new abortion ban. The so-called "heartbeat" legislation, signed into law just days ago, prohibits abortion from the moment a fetal heartbeat has been detected, usually around six weeks of pregnancy. Said Gov. … Continue reading Does “pro-life” militancy extend to war, gun control, police shootings, and degradation of the ecosystem?
Social work student Jacquelynn Johnson is hosting a forum on immigration reform at 6 p.m. April 26 in Hattiesburg.
The documentary "More Than a Word" explores the misappropriation of Native American images and names in sports.