Why Don't We Pay People Enough? 8 Facts About... →
abaldwin360: One. How many people work and are still poor? In 2011, the US Department of Labor reported at least 10 million people worked and were still below the unrealistic official US poverty line, an increase of 1.5 million more than the last time they checked. The US poverty line is $18,530 for a mom and two kids. Since 2007 the numbers of working poor have been increasing. About 7...
THE HUNGER BLOGS: A Secret World Of Teenage... →
Huffington Post ran an informative article on pro ana blogs. It is a must read for anyone working with young women.
Sex: Older Ladies Are Having Sex, But They're Shy... →
“We should know by now that women don’t suddenly stop having sex when they turn 50. But unfortunately, age doesn’t necessarily make them more comfortable talking about safe sex with their doctors.” This is something that professionals working in gerontology need to address. We still have this taboo about sex after 50 and it is endangering the health of older clients.
NASW New York State Efforts Stave off Social Work... →
Via NASW Social Work Blog NASW blogged this post about it being a felony for certain agencies in NY to hire licensed social workers. The post explains how this became an issue and what steps the NASW took to address the problem.
Justice: Judge Prescribes Bowling and Red Lobster... →
“A Florida judge has ordered a man accused of grabbing his wife by the neck and shoving her into the back of their couch to take the woman out on a proper date”- Via Jezebel This is a wildly inappropriate ruling. He also ordered counseling, which if that is to be done as a couple, is also inappropriate. Marriage counseling is not the way to go in DV situations. What happens is that...
Sex: Young People Totally Think They're... →
You know how today’s young women are just waltzing through life, oblivious to their shriveling ovaries? Actually, for a lot of women (and men) the opposite is true —
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From the Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Disgrace For The Cure: How the Susan G. Komen... →
People need to understand that PPH provides hundreds of thousands of women with health screenings and life saving information. Many of these women are low income and would have no other way to access these types of services. -Rachel
Tell the board of Susan G. Komen for a Cure: Don't... →
Please sign this petition to let the Susan G. Komen Foundation know how you feel about them cutting funding to PPH. Thousand of women, many who are low income and uninsured, rely on PPH for health care including breast cancer screenings. PPH also provide community education about health issues impacting women. Cutting off this funding will cost lives.
USA.gov: Pfizer Recalls Two Types of Birth Control... →
usagov: Image description: The two types of birth control pills Pfizer recalled. Pfizer announced a voluntary recall of Lo/Ovral-28 and Norgestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol birth controls pills because of a mix up in packaging. Some active birth control pills were replaced with placebo pills in certain…
Three years ago, a TFA recruiter plastered the Fordham campus with flyers that...– Why Teach For America Is Not Welcome in My Classroom | LA Progressive (via chandapw)
When I was an MSW student, I was fortunate enough to be one of about 30 students to participate in a class with Assemblywoman Earlene Hooper. We spent three days in Albany learning about the legislative process. The text book we used for the class was Affecting Change: Social Workers in the Political Arena (Haynes & Mickelson). I can not recommend this book highly enough. Haynes &...
Pregnant, and Pushed Out of a Job →
“Thanks to a gap between discrimination laws and disability laws, it’s possible for a pregnant woman to be forced from her job.” According to the article there are bills in the NYS Assembly (A. 9114) and Senate ( S. 6273) to rectify this situation. If you live in NY you should contact you Representative and let them know how you feel about this issue.
Nocenti: Recently, I was speaking with a colleague who runs a local nonprofit...– When social work is a felony This is insane. I have been in the social work field since 2005 and an LMSW in NY since 2008 and I never knew about this. The author of this article states that it is illegal for a non profit in NY to hire a licensed social worker without first obtaining a waiver. ...
Text Donations Facilitate Impulse Giving But Not... →
Huffington Post Had an article about donors who gave via cell phones to benefit those effected by the earthquake in Haiti. I found it interesting that the overwhelming majority of people who gave did not follow up on the progress of the cause they gave to. They basically sew the pictures of the tragedy in the media, immediately made a small donation then disengaged.
The Power of One →
Melinda K. Lewis has an excellent blog (melindaklewis.com) where she shares her wisdom as an advocate. I highly recommend following her, especially for Social Workers practicing at the macro level.
I am a Licensed Master of Social Work in New York State who specializes in macro level practice with particular focus on issues impacting the gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender communities. I am also interested in women’s rights. Over the years I have worked as a Community Organizer & Advocate. The decision to start this blog came after years of frustration caused by a lack of...