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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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Thursday, December 21st, 2017 @ 9:21AM

Got Any Fresh Ideas?

President Donald Trump is the manifestation of the dysfunction of the political processes in the United States—a dysfunction born out of the propertied class seeking disproportionate control over government to promote an agenda that favors their interests which is getting richer. They are the owners of real estate and large…

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Monday, November 20th, 2017 @ 9:35AM

Smart Decarceration Moves Forward

Efforts to reform our nation’s broken criminal justice system at the federal level have stalled in the current dysfunctional environment, but they are not quite dead. Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, chair of the Judiciary Committee, joined with Democratic Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois to reintroduce a bill they…

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