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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 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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Monday, February 25th, 2019 @ 9:06AM

Remembering Nancy A. Humphreys

I will remember Nancy Humphreys as someone I wished I had met earlier in life. Her tenacity and determination to hold onto to an idea in which she firmly believed had a profound impact on my thinking about social work. Nancy believed more social workers needed to be actively involved…

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Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 @ 10:44AM

12 Grand Challenges Has Policy Ideas for Democrats

Democrats led by heir apparent Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will regain control of the House of Representatives after eight years of Republican rule. They get to chair the committees and set the legislative agenda and, yes, they will control the purse strings. Many are supporting Pelosi because of…

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