Attention, internet: Enough with the zombie apocalypse meme. ENOUGH. In general, I need you to stop talking to me about zombies, vampires, werewolves, unicorns, bacon, cupcakes, Chuck Norris if that’s still happening, and “I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.” Stop. Make a new thing. But more specifically, please stop aggregating gruesome crimes committed by mentally ill and/or drug addicted people so you can make some big har-har zombie punchline on your Facebook wall. Zombies are not real. Human beings are.
I have to ask, why are her parents not getting into trouble? Is it legal in TX to abandon your children; leaving a 17 yr old as head of household? I haven’t seen a report addressing this issue. They mention her parents suddenly divorcing them disappearing but no mention as to what if any legal repercussions they can face.
I’m looking for 10-15 people to interview for my thesis. I would like to interview African-American rock music listeners/fans and understand how their music preferences have shaped or changed their racial identity and sense of belonging within the black community.
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So the Judge felt the best way to handle this was to give the kid a record. Right, because that is totally going to impede her ability to get into a good university or to find employment… Well, I now can add Texas to the list of states I will not, ever, be visiting.
If you’re a social scientist please remember the statement, “the exception to the rule does not invalidate the rule.” Then repeat it anytime someone wants to argue statistics with their personal experience. Your friend’s parents are still married, but that doesn’t change divorce statistics.
Expenditures on public benefits programs – public health insurance, public housing, food programs and the Earned Income Tax credit for low-income workers – have been linked by numerous researchers to increases in state and/or local tax revenue and economic activity. Increased consumer spending and economic activity from receipt of public benefits positively affect employment, increase earnings and enhance property values, even in more affluent neighborhoods, indirectly benefitting non-recipients.
Spending cutbacks work in reverse – costing jobs and depressing wages and property values.
A recent analysis indicated that state Medicaid expenditures – along with federal matching funds – generated about 3.4 million jobs and wages of more than $133 billion during Fiscal Year 2005. Increases in the Earned Income Tax Credit also create jobs, studies indicate.
Despite demonstrated cost savings and economic gains, public benefits programs and their recipients continue to be stigmatized as financial burdens. Some conservatives claim that America’s social policy has failed, that government expenditures are driving up rather than reducing poverty rates and are impeding economic growth.
“It’s been shown time and time again that there’s a correlation between the social welfare spending that a country does and poverty rates,” Eamon said. “The more you spend, the less poverty there is. So that says to me that the reason we have poor people in this country is because we don’t spend enough on anti-poverty programs, not that we spend too much.”
Scary article for those that work for and those who rely on the work charitable organizations do. We really need to change how the public and elected officials view the people we serve. Our health care system is broken and welfare needs to be expanded not shrunk. We need more funding for programs that help those in need. We need to dispel the myths and the fears that exist about the people we work with in order to help get these programs funded.
Politics is something that generally doesn’t get talked about in session. But gay marriage is an exception. Working with LGBT clients who have spent most of their lives being disenfranchised it is devastating when North Carolina passes a constitutiona amendment to ban not only gay marriage but civil unions.
Here in the US, where Americans spend an average of $110 million on fast food each year, some will spend $10,000 for breast implants, and still others will drop $90 on yoga pants, somehow covering the costs of an abortion is one of the most lavish and morally egregious things you can do. Recently, I completed my first shift as a hotline advocate for the CAIR Project, where we proudly do just that.
So, how do we get back to basics a la Lisa Philp in a digitized professional space? Well, for one, doing the little things to follow-through means more than offering thanks and being timely on email replies. These actions are foundational - no doubt about it. But, the reliability now expected no longer defines a professional who gets the job done. Reliability 2.012, let’s call it, represents a set of actions taken slowly, but steadily, that build momentum and potential. What does this look like?
“A top official at an anti-domestic violence advocacy group that has been encouraging the House GOP to roll back protections for immigrant victims in the Violence Against Women Act (or VAWA) is the founder of a controversial international matchmaking company, domestic violence workers warned lawmakers on Monday night.”
I read this article in bed this morning and it’s taken me a while to sort of collect my rage into coherent thoughts.
When I was managing an emergency domestic violence shelter in Columbus, Ohio, a job I had for almost five years, I worked the swing shift, 3-11, M-F. One night in February we got a collect call from a small town in Pennsylvania. I picked up the phone and Irina (name changed to protect confidentiality) was on the other end, sobbing. She told me the story of how she came from Russia to marry a man she met online, and brought her six-year-old daughter with her to the US seeking a better life for both of them, because she fell in love. At first, Irina was happy and the relationship went well. But over time, it devolved into physical and emotional violence—to both Irina and her daughter. Her husband would regularly threaten her with deportation and refused to let her apply for a green card on her own name, forcing her to keep her immigration status linked to his. Irina had no family left at home to help her, no one had money to get her a plane ticket home.
She needed to get away but she didn’t know where to go. A friend from church gave her enough money for a bus ticket to Columbus, because it was six hours away and because it was a big city. She asked me if I could save space for her and her daughter for two days, even though we couldn’t usually save beds for that long (context: our shelter only had 32 beds, for a metro area of 2 million people). I violated the policy and saved the beds for her, and explained to my coworkers why I did what I did.
When she got to the shelter two days later, after a terrifying escape and riding a Greyhound for six hours, she was shell-shocked. She stayed at our shelter for almost a year, because when you can’t work legally, where can you go? What can you do? The changes we noticed in Irina and her daughter, over time, were remarkable. Her daughter started to talk to staff and make friends; Irina started to recover, trusting again. She made a friend who enabled her to get an under-the-table job and finally move out of the shelter into an apartment. The process for Irina to get approved for an emergency petition through VAWA provisions took over a year. It is an incredibly long and intense process, facilitated by the incredible lawyers at the Legal Aid Society of Columbus with a special grant from the US Department of Justice.
Some Republicans’ insistance that these provisions need to be removed to cut down on “fraud” in the immigration system is a falsehood. There is no way that someone would ever be able to get a VAWA petition approved if she were lying about any of it. The process requires extensive documentation and a long wait, and if the person doesn’t have friends or family to help, in that wait she or he can fall through the cracks of an inadequate social service system. This makes me sick on so many levels and is yet another reason it’s critical to get these Republicans out of office in the upcoming elections.
Here’s who they are:
Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas)
Rep. Sandy Adams (R-Fla.)
These people do not care. And the implications are so fucking obvious, so fucking clear… how can you sleep at night knowing that things like this could really happen? These politicians could really remove immigrant provisions from VAWA, and then where would women like Irina be? These people exploit uneducated, racist people’s “fear” of immigrants (which has mostly been incited by a conservative media funded by the same people) to justify siding with those who would allow domestic violence to happen unpunished, so they can profit from peoples’ literal lives.
Things to ask yourself when you go to vote (or not) this fall: who is getting paid? Who benefits from things like this? Who is lobbying who? And why are critical pieces of legislation like VAWA suddenly under attack, after having broad bipartisan support for almost 20 years? Think critically and vote accordingly. This is too fucking important to ignore.
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“Yes — Obama’s contradicting ‘The Jesus.’ (Picks up a copy of the Bible.) And I, right now, would like to read to you what ‘The Jesus’ said about homosexuality. (Beat.) I’d like to, but he never said anything about it.”—STEPHEN COLBERT, on a Christian pastor’s claim that by supporting marriage equality, President Obama is “contradict(ing) the Jesus that he says he follows,” on The Colbert Report (via inothernews)
Yes. I feel like these sentiments mostly come from people who went for an MSW with the dream of opening a middle class private practice. I never ceased to be amazed by some of the elitist sentiments expressed by my social work peers at school whose only goal was to provide marriage counseling in affluent areas.
Every 90 seconds, somewhere in the world, a woman dies from a pregnancy-related complication. This isn’t just a “third world” problem. The United States currently ranks 50th in the world for maternal health. It is safer to give birth in Bosnia or Kuwait than in California. But what we do here ultimately affects women everywhere. This is a matter of inequality and political will.
Shockingly, a large percentage of us are unaware that LGBT people do not actually have federal employment protections. In most states in most of the country, it is perfectly legal to be fired for who you are or whom you love. Really? That is the reaction, in large part, of LGBT people and the public alike. And that’s a hurdle we need to overcome in order to move forward.
Social Services Block Grant: Ask Your Representative to Support
Social Services Block Grant: Ask You
r Representative to Support
The actions taken on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, by the House Ways and Means Committee, through budget reconciliation, will hurt some of this nation’s most vulnerable families and children. NASW is disappointed that some would propose to once again cut the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) for deficit reduction—despite the fact that SSBG funding contributed not a dollar to current deficits.
SSBG helps to fill the numerous state budget gaps in areas as diverse as senior services, mental health services, and services to people with disabilities. The is a major funder for state and local child abuse prevention services, child protective services (CPS) and it supplements, services for adoptions and for services to infants, children and youth in foster care. In some states, it is a significant source of local funding for adult protective services and supports services for those adults in jeopardy of entering a nursing home or institution. It also supports other low-income individuals and families including adults who have been abused; children in need of child care; and youth in need of transitional services.
Please contact your Representative and ask him or her to vote down the budget reconciliation that includes elimination of the Social Services Block Grant.