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Thursday, September 5th, 2019 @ 8:30AM

What Are Democrats Thinking?

“I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat.” – Will Rogers I recall laughing at this quote by Will Rogers the first time I read it. Unfortunately, over the years it has become more salient as I witnessed Democrats squandering opportunity after opportunity. There…

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Monday, August 12th, 2019 @ 8:50AM

Traumatizing Latino Communities

Social workers know about trauma. Much of our work is informed by our understanding of the long-term deleterious effects of trauma on individuals, families, and communities. This is especially true of trauma experienced by children and youth. Either the Trump Administration is oblivious of the terror they are perpetrating on…

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Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 @ 11:07AM

Another Win For Child Development Accounts

Kudos to the Center for Social Development (CSD) at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis for another win in its efforts to expand the use of child development accounts (CDA) to alleviate generational poverty. Thanks to the persistent efforts of CSD Policy Director Margaret Clancy who spearheaded…

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Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 @ 10:22AM

Children Should Not Fear School

I remember during my childhood the “duck and cover drills” we endured in the wake of the invention of the atomic bomb. We cowered under our desks, not knowing what to think. Was there really the possibility we could be blown to bits? The Cuban missile crisis had everyone on…

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Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 @ 10:39AM

Citizen Trump

I am a huge Orson Welles fan. This weekend I decided to watch Citizen Kane again to escape the daily Donald Trump soap opera. Bad idea. It became a double-dose of emotional upheaval as I juxtaposed the various personality traits embodied by both characters. Kane’s character is at times pompous,…

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 @ 9:20AM

Johnson C. Smith and Social Justice

March was Social Work Month. “Elevate” was the theme for the month chosen by the National Association of Social Workers and we in the profession are focused on elevating our game during these challenging times. Social workers in the trenches providing direct services to children, families and communities are hard-pressed…

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