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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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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, August 13th, 2018 @ 8:29AM

Ronald V. Dellums: A Social Worker to the End

I was on the Hill with the first cohort of DSW students from the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work at the University of Southern California when I first learned of the passing of former Congressman Ronald V. Dellums. These doctoral students were completing requirements to develop an innovative response…

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Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 @ 9:45AM

Can Social Work Help Save Democracy? Part I

It becomes more evident as each day of the Trump Administration passes, that there is a deliberate and sustained attack aimed at the institutions of our democratic society. Special prosecutor Robert Mueller who was charged with investigating into Russia’s tampering in the 2016 Presidential election, has been under constant attack…

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Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 @ 8:59AM

Social Workers Could Get Behind Bail Reform

Chicago Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL-7) is the latest to introduce legislation to curb the use of monetary bail as a condition for pre-trial release. His bill—H.R. 4833, the Bail Fairness Act of 2018—would require states to provide non-monetary release for all arrestees charged with a non-violent misdemeanor with no…

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Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 @ 9:30AM

Will Young Voters Come of Age in 2018?

It may be now or never young people. If another round of elections goes by with many of you standing on the sidelines, it may be too late to turn this ship around. Too many of you sat out while Donald Trump gave you 30 years of Neil Gorsuch on…

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