I know this isn’t social work related but the Monkees where a big part of my childhood memories. I was 7 when Nickelodeon and MTV started airing the show and I quickly developed a huge crush on Davy Jones.
When the Monkees reunited in the 80’s Nickelodeon had a contest and the Monkees, as they where in 1987, appeared on the network with the winner. I was devastated by the realization that Davy was a middle aged man (who had a mullet, btw); closure to my parents age then mine.
I think I will pay my respects by watching a few classic Monkees episodes tonight. Thank you for the decades of entertainment Davy. -Rachel
"I was visiting with this family and one of the little boys said he wasn’t going to eat,” said Russell, development director for Forgotten Harvest, a Detroit-based nonprofit that rescues and redistributes fresh food. “He said, ‘Oh, I’m not eating dinner because it’s my brother’s turn tonight. Tomorrow is my night.’”
When, as a country, are we going to acknowledge that poverty is a problem in the US? When are we going to stop believing in the myth of the welfare queen and recognize that these programs need to be strengthened not dismantled? -Rachel
Whether or not you ever break the law, you should be prepared to protect yourself and your property just in case police become suspicious of you. Let’s take a look at one of the most commonly misunderstood legal situations a citizen can encounter: a police officer asking to search your belongings. Most people automatically give consent when police ask to perform a search. However, I recommend saying “no” to police searches, and here are some reasons why:
1. It’s your constitutional right. The 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects us against unreasonable searches and seizures. Unless police have strong evidence (probable cause) to believe you’re involved in criminal activity, they need your permission to perform a search of you or your property.Read more.
2. Refusing a search protects you if you end up in court. Basically, if there’s any chance of evidence being found, agreeing to a search is like committing legal suicide, because it kills your case before you even get to court. Read more.
3. Saying “no” can prevent a search altogether. Data on police searches are interesting, but they don’t show how many searches didn’t happen because a citizen said no. A non-search is a non-event that goes unrecorded, giving rise to a widespread misconception that police will always search with or without permission.Read more.
4. Searches can waste your time and damage your property. Do you have time to sit around while police rifle through your belongings? Police often spend 30 minutes or more on vehicle searches and even longer searching homes. Read more.
5. You never know what they’ll find. Are you 100 percent certain there’s nothing illegal in your home or vehicle? You can never be too sure. Read more.
Hey, kids, did you hear? This guy shot up his ungrateful teenage daughter’s laptop, filmed it, and put it on YouTube all because she griped about having to do chores on Facebook and didn’t realize he could see her wall.
Apparently a woman’s right to self determination doesn’t matter as much as protecting the civil liberties of her parents, the guy that got her pregnant, the fetus, and those of everyone else who disagrees with her decision. Oy vey. -Rachel
If you have not done so before, you should check out EMILY’s List website. They help elect progressive, pro-choice women though campaign contributions and trainings. They also have a job bank you can submit your resume to if you are interested in working on a campaign or for an elected official.-Rachel
Ladies, here is an old rich white dude to offer you advise on birth control. He thinks uterus owners should shut the fuck up about the expense of contraception and just shove cheap aspirin up their lady parts.-Last Feminist
I shudder to think what would have happened if the civil rights gains, heroically established by courageous lawmakers in the 1960s, were instead conveniently left up to popular votes in our 50 states.
…Equal protection under the law – for race, religion, gender or sexual orientation – should not be subject to the most popular sentiments of the day. Marriage equality is not a choice. It is a legal right. I hope our leaders in Trenton will affirm and defend it.
Newark, NJ mayor CORY BOOKER, calling out governor Chris Christie for proposing that marriage equality in the Garden State be decided by referendum vs. legislation, on Jan. 24.
This is disturbing. Buzzfeed collated a bunch of comment made on social media sites about Chris Brown’s Grammy performance and basically several women made comments in the vein that they wouldn’t mind if he did beat them. One even said she didn’t understand what Rihanna was complaining about.
Today’s large SNAP caseloads mostly reflect the extraordinarily deep and prolonged recession and the weak recovery. Workers who are unemployed for a long time are more likely to deplete their assets, exhaust unemployment insurance, and turn to SNAP for help, since it is one of the few safety net programs available for many long-term unemployed workers.
SNAP has one of the most rigorous quality control systems of any public benefit program.
SNAP’s recent growth is temporary. CBO predicts that SNAP spending will fall as a share of the economy as the economy recovers and the Recovery Act benefit increases expire.
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“What do private troubles have to do with public issues?” We must define private troubles as public issues right now…Does it make any sense for clinicians to spend hundreds of hours to keep a family together, only to watch public policy rip them apart again? Is it reasonable to work to empower parents to address the issues facing them and then leave them with outdated and punitive policies that may destroy them? If we are willing to devote everything it takes to keep a family functioning and intact, then we must also be willing to turn our efforts to advocacy in the political arena.”—Karen Haynes (via wedranktheoceandry)
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 percent of all workers and 4 percent of all full-time workers earn wages that leave them below the poverty line.
Two. What kinds of jobs do the working poor have?
One third of the working poor, over 3 million people, work in the service industry. Workers in other occupations are also poor: 16 percent of those in farming; 11 percent in construction; and 11 percent in sales.
Three. Which workers are most likely to be working and still poor?
Women workers are more likely to be poor than men. African American and Hispanic workers are about twice as likely to be poor as whites. College graduates have a 2 percent poverty rate while workers without a high school diploma have a poverty rate 10 times higher at 20 percent.
Four. What about benefits for low wage workers?
Ten percent of US workers earn $8.50 an hour or less according to the US Department of Labor. About 12 percent have health care and about 12 percent have retirement benefits. Nearly one in four get paid sick leave and less than half get paid vacation leave.
Five. What rights do the working poor have?
Most workers have a right to earn at least the federal minimum wage of $7.50 an hour. Tipped employees are supposed to get at least $2.13 each hour from their employer and if the worker does not earn enough in tips to make the $7.50 minimum wage, the employer must make up the difference. People who work more than 40 hours in a workweek are entitled to one and one-half of their regular pay for each hour of overtime.
Six. What about wage theft from the working poor?
Many low wage workers have part of their earnings stolen by their employers. Examples include not paying people the full minimum wage, not paying required overtime, stealing from tipped employees, or fraudulently classifying workers as independent contractors. A survey of over 4000 low wage workers in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York conducted by university and non-profit researchers found: 26 percent of the workers were paid less than the minimum wage in the previous week, a majority were underpaid by more than $1 an hour; a significant number worked overtime the previous week and were not paid the legally required overtime; many were required to come early or stay late and work “off the clock” and were not paid for it; almost a third of the tipped workers were not paid the minimum wage and more than 1 in 10 tipped workers had some of their money stolen by their employer or supervisor.
Seven. What is a living wage in the US?
Dr. Amy Glasmeier of Penn State University has created a Living Wage Calculator that estimates the hourly wage needed to pay the cost of living for low wage families in the US. It breaks down the cost of living by state and locality across the nation. In New Orleans, a mom with one child needs to earn $17.52 to make ends meet. In New York, the mom with one child should earn $19.66 to make it. If we now realistically calculate the number of people who work and do not earn a living wage, the numbers of working poor in the US skyrocket to several tens of millions.
Eight. What about jobs for the unemployed and underemployed?
The US Labor Department estimated recently that 13 million people were unemployed. Another 8 million people were working part-time but wanted full-time work. Even more millions who are not working are not counted in those numbers because they have been unemployed so long.
A study by Northeastern University found that in the poorest families, unemployment is nearly 31 percent. Underemployment is also much more of a problem in poor homes, with over 20 percent of those workers reporting they are working part-time but seeking full-time work.
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.
"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 either the person being abused is too afraid to open up ( there by defeating the purpose of therapy) or they do open up and then this triggers another violent incident because the abuser didn’t like what was said. -Rachel
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
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.
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 said “Learn how joining TFA can help you gain admission to Stanford Business School.” The message of that flyer was “use teaching in high-poverty areas a stepping stone to a career in business.” It was not only profoundly disrespectful to every person who chooses to commit their life to the teaching profession, it advocated using students in high-poverty areas as guinea pigs for an experiment in “resume-padding” for ambitious young people.”—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 & Mickelson eloquently explain the role of Social Workers in the legislative process and why even clinical practitioners need to be politically aware. It is well worth the price.
"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 who told me about a crime that she unwittingly was planning to commit. Namely, she was thinking of hiring a licensed social worker to work with at-risk youth.”—
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.
I wonder how many non profits are aware of this because it never came up in my classes or in any other professional forum.
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.
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 support for macro Social Workers. The majority of blogs, discussion groups etc., focus on clinical practice while largely ignoring those of us who work at the macro level.
Feedback is more then welcome. If you have any questions or a topic you want to explore let me know.