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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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Thursday, November 15th, 2018 @ 11:12AM

Defending the Rights of Native American Children

Decisions made early in life often have profound consequences for the future. For too many children, decisions affecting their lives are made by policymakers and politicians who may or may not have their best interests in mind. The decision by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor—a George W. Bush appointee—that struck…

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Monday, November 5th, 2018 @ 8:47AM

Social Work and Public Discourse

If we don’t stop shouting at each other, no one will hear what the other person is saying. Americans are yelling and screaming at each other to gain the upper hand in our political discourse. Led by the quintessential loudmouth, President Donald J. Trump, Republicans are hurling nonstop epithets and…

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Monday, October 1st, 2018 @ 8:36AM

Voting Matters!

The social work Twitter community was abuzz Thursday night with a spirited Twitter chat highlighting the social work Voter Engagement campaign that is underway. These Twitter conversations are regular events hosted by #MacroSW.org out of the State University of New York at Buffalo where Twitter maven Nancy J. Smyth is…

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