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?

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

Might Mississippi be finally waking up to the climate crisis?

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?

What’s really at stake with the Brett Kavanaugh nomination to the Supreme Court?

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?

Field Intern Spotlight: Ryan Godwin

Student Name Ryan Godwin, BSW, Newton, Mississippi Agency Name / City / Semester Institute for Disability Studies / Hattiesburg / Fall 2018 What are your responsibilities as an intern? As an intern at IDS, I am responsible for keeping thorough notes regarding each client visit, reviewing client files for errors or missing forms, making copies … Continue reading Field Intern Spotlight: Ryan Godwin