We cannot know for certain whether Mr. Obama’s hesitancy to embrace robust regulation results from his own blind spots — which resemble those of his Democratic predecessors Mr. Carter and Mr. Clinton — or from a calculation that a more progressive tax system, investments in education and defending the social safety net (and his embattled health care reform) are so politically daunting that anything that might further antagonize corporate executives should be put off for another day. Most likely, it’s a combination of both.
Nick Espinosa lectured in recognition of National Family Week and Homelessness Awareness Week. At the lecture, he was presented with the Genesis Award by Professor of Social Work and Family Studies Mary Carlsen ’79.
Social work students and staff are pictured. From left: Charlotte Howard, Cathi Arwood, Karla Edwards, Carolyn Mills, and Ginny Garner.
Los Angeles County social workers march through the hallway of County Supervisor Gloria Molina at her office in El Monte. Workers, who have been on strike since last week, rallied at the district offices of the five supervisors Monday to demand reduced caseloads.
The NEF has calculated that the public sector now employs one million low-wage workers – double the previous estimate – with health and social care staff, classroom assistants and council employees trapped on small earnings. Sales assistants and retail workers make up the largest group of low-paid workers in the private sector, with large numbers also working as waiters, bar staff and cashiers.
Brazil’s child sex trade: Jessica, 16, who was arrested during a raid at a sex club, shows her tattoo at a shelter for girls in Fortaleza.
Although it appears the sky is falling over Detroit, it actually is being pulled down by the influence of groups like ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) and the Michigan-based, Koch/de Voss-funded Mackinac Center. The real story is not the bankruptcy. Orchestrating the performance are the think tanks whose real goal is to force local governance to bow to their agenda and to neutralize the traditional check on their power posed by public-sector unions by defunding public-sector pensions and health care.
Community Shop customers will not only get access to cheaper food, but will also be offered social and financial support.
Jerissa Roundtree lost her daughter 20 years ago, but the grief hasn’t faded.
Colorado Walmart employees and supporters protest in front of a Walmart store in Lakewood, Colo., Friday, Nov. 29, 2013.
The primacy of economics has prevailed. It no longer seems to matter how we’re supposed to get through the rest of this century if the world grows warmer by three, four or five degrees Celsius. National economies require an ever-growing dose of energy if their business models are to continue functioning, and, in the face of this logic, all scientific objections to the contrary are just as powerless as the climate protest movements, which are, in any case, marginal.
A train bridge in Hamburg sprayed with graffiti. Young people are willing to risk their lives in order to get their fix of tagging, despite several horrific recent accidents.
Sydney Calkin is a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics at the University of York and the convenor of the recent Gender, Neoliberalism, and Financial Crisis Conference.
Widespread privatisation was a key pledge in Margaret Thatcher’s 1983 election manifesto.
Dr. William Elliot at the Kansas University School of Social Welfare has been telling the world the perils that student loan debt poses to the financial lives of the poor and middle class, as well as the solution that might be found in lifelong student savings accounts.
Professor Peter Gilbert, a former director of social services at Worcestershire County Council, received the Outstanding Contribution to Social Work trophy at The Social Worker of the Year Awards ceremony at the Lancaster London hotel.
The ‘We’re Not Leaving’ youth protest in October outside Leinster House, Dublin, in November
You might think sandblasted jeans are trendy. Too bad they’re also making workers sick.
Ruth, 36. “Now the shelter is my home,” said one subject. “I’m working and I’ve made friends.”
Elaine Rivera at her home in the Bronx. She recently died from cirrhosis of the liver at age 54.
Fellowships for those studying Jewish communal service are named in memory of Eli Kleinman, late father of Max Kleinman, executive vice president of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest.
Borders social work director Andrew Lowe has retired on health grounds after nine years in the job
The story of Maria, the blonde, blue-eyed girl found living in a Roma camp in Greece, is an example of a ‘moral panic’.
A Burger King worker cleans up at a Burger King restaurant in Sunnyvale, Calif. The fast food chain is operated by Yum Brands, whose CEO, David Novak, received a $94 million payout for 2011 and 2012. Of that, $33 million was subsidized by taxpayers.
University of South Australia Whyalla Campus acting unit head of social work and rural practice Dr. Cate Hudson believes regional South Australia is experiencing a continual need for social workers.
Austerity protesters march on Parliament in opposition to government spending cuts on March 26, 2011 in London, UK. An estimated 250,000 people took part in the rally.
The future German government plans to revise the law on prostitution. Women’s rights activists want to legally ban the practice. France also plans to go further and impose fines on prostitutes’ customers.
Psychiatrist Vikram Patel has a radical idea to make mental health counseling available to people in developing countries.
Google, the tech giant supposedly guided by its “don’t be evil” motto, has been funding a growing list of groups advancing the agenda of the Koch brothers.
Child welfare workers staged a protest outside the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors a day before the social workers’ union returns to contract talks with the county.
There is biology behind the gender gap, a study suggests. Male brains, above, show more connections within hemispheres, in blue, while inter-hemisphere connections, in orange, were more prevalent among females, below.
Hmmmm….. ‘If I cheat on my taxes a bit more I can go to Shanty Town this year’.
Detroit can remain under bankruptcy court protection to shed debt and has the power to impose pension cuts on its employees, a judge said in a ruling that may have implications for distressed cities across the U.S.
People ride an escalator at the luxury Esentai Mall in Almaty. The gulf between rich and poor in Kazakhstan, holder of about 2 percent of the world’s oil, “exploded” after the Soviet Union fell in 1991 and hasn’t closed since, according to Gulmira Ileuova, head of the Center for Social and Political Research Strategy in Almaty.
As Marilyn Volan points out over at TomDispatch, in the past year and a half, banksters in Wall Street hedge funds, big banks and private equity firms have purchased hundreds of thousands of mostly-foreclosed houses across the country. Among the firms and big banks buying up America’s real estate is the Blackstone Group, the largest private equity firm in the world. The Blackstone Group alone has bought nearly 40,000 houses across America, spending $7.5 billion in the process.
Joyce Dorado is director of UCSF’s Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools program.
Growth of the person-centered/participant-directed (PC/PD) model in health care presents questions for training social workers, says Kevin Mahoney, director of National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services at Boston College. The center’s new partnership with the Council for Social Work Education, he says, will seek to provide answers.
Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter shares Gov. Brewer’s reaction when he told her that CPS missed investigating 6,000 child abuse cases. He was speaking during a CPS oversight committee meeting at the state Capitol.
Councillor Shawn Fraser, left, and social work intern Jonathan Boucher at the Artful Dodger in Regina, SK,
A civil society can be done, all it takes is a bit of generosity and concern for one’s fellow citizens as has been known for about 3,000 years. Proverbs 31:8-9 says it all: Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.
The leaked internal briefing papers showed how tobacco giant Philip Morris International employed 161 people to combat the proposed directive, profiling and targeting specific persons within the EU government, and sought to generate negative opinions on health and consumer protection directives.
An online version of a dissertation by Gonzalez Miguez, Carlota. This study is an initial attempt to investigate the idea of absence in the context of the city of Manchester, following the traces left by the buildings that do not exist anymore or have a different function. A group of six buildings, consisting in theatres that were in Peter street have been selected to represent this idea.
‘The occupations are gone and with them the media’s attention, but Occupy was never the only way young people were moving and people from within and without it continue to move.’
A view of Chiloé (above). Chiloé is home to only about 150,000 residents scattered across 32 islands off the coast of Chile, though most are concentrated on the main island of the same name.
The federation draws professional social workers, women volunteers and experts to provide professional services to meet the diverse needs of local women and children.
A woman touches a Spider Monkey at the Rehabilitation Center and Primate Rescue, in Peoaflor, 36 km southwest from Santiago, Chile.
Kaiser Alexander (left) gets a hug from Kelso Martinis outside the St. Vincent de Paul free dining room in San Rafael.
A growing number of people are pushing back and dropping out of social media and other technological forms of communication. At the University of Washington Information School, we examined this trend. We even gave it a name: “pushback.” As researchers, we believe this phenomenon is here to stay.
After church, Saia Holani sits with two of his children, 3-year-old Ana and 4-year-old Kaho, right, in the family’s apartment in Inglewood. Katisha, 6, sits nearby.
They are in addition to an initial 13 inquiries into hospitals which are believed to have been visited by the disgraced television presenter. Savile is thought to have used his position to abuse vulnerable patients, many of them children.
Dinesh Bhugra, president-elect of the World Psychiatry Association: ‘Every school should have a health professional knowing the basics about mental health.’
When Machinists union members rallied in Seattle in mid-November to protest Boeing’s demand for wage and pension cuts, the newest municipal official roused the crowd. “We salute the Machinists for having the courage to reject this blatant highway robbery from the executives of Boeing in pursuit of their endless, endless thirst for private profit.” Kshama Sawant (above right), an economics professor and Occupy Seattle activist who had just won a citywide City Council seat, said threats to shift production out of state could be met with an eminent domain move allowing workers to “take over the factories.”
A shrill, rough voice cut through the chatter, causing heads to turn as the orange banner was unfurled and raised again. “Mayor Emanuel, please don’t close our clinics! We’re going to die. … There’s nowhere else to go. … Mayor Emanuel, please!” cried a woman with a soft, pale face, red hair peeking out from a floral head scarf and dark circles around her wide eyes that gave her an almost girlish, vulnerable expression. . . . Three months later, Helen Morley would be dead. Her friends blamed the closing of the mental health center. Of course, there was no direct link between the clinic closing and the heart attack that felled Morley at age 56. But her friends are sure that the trauma of losing her anchor—the clinic and the tight-knit community there—is what pushed her ailing body past the limit.
For those daring enough to enter Wal-Mart’s front doors, here’s a clever – and tiny bit sneaky – way to inform customers about the company’s unethical practices. 99 Pickets, a pro-labor blog aligned with the Occupy movement, has created price cards and banners that can easily be slipped in to replace Wal-Mart’s existing signage.
In the last 14 years, 145 children have died in government care, nearly triple the number previously reported by the province. Many, like the child this father mourns at a gravesite west of Edmonton, were just infants.
An employee of Greece’s Organisation Against Drugs (OKANA) holds a syringe and a spoon for single use next to a supervised injection hall in Athens.
Each year, foreign agricultural corporations deprive thousands of Cambodian farmers of their fields — with the government’s help. Human rights groups claim German taxpayer money is used to fund a program that benefits land grabbers.
David Pollio, Ph.D., has been named chair of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Social Work
Nick Breedlove stares out the window as he awaits the arrival of his adopted sister from South Korea. The Breedlove family decided to adopt Nick after they were unsuccessful conceiving their own children.
But in reality, all of the welfare that the U.S. government provides to real, live human beings is just a drop in the ocean, compared to the billions and billions that the government hands out to corporations and big-business.
Each year, the average American family forks over $6,000 to corporations in the form of taxpayer subsidies.
Young and unemployed, Bea has lost faith in Spain’s ability to manage the economy
I mean, we’re living in a country that my parents would barely recognize. It has a frozen, riven, shutdown-driven Congress, professionally gerrymandered into incumbency, endlessly lobbied, and seemingly incapable of actually governing. It has a leader whose presidency appears to be imploding before our eyes and whose single accomplishment (according to most pundits), like the website that goes with it, has been unraveling as we watch. Its 1% elections, with their multi-billion dollar campaign seasons and staggering infusions of money from the upper reaches of wealth and corporate life, are less and less anybody’s definition of “democratic.”
And while Washington fiddles, inequality is on the rise, with so much money floating around in the 1% world that millions of dollars are left over to drive the prices of pieces of art into the stratosphere, even as poverty grows and the army of the poor multiplies. And don’t forget that the national infrastructure — all those highways, bridges, sewer systems, and tunnels that were once the unspoken pride of the country — is visibly fraying.
Meanwhile, to the tune of a trillion dollars or more a year, our national treasure has been squandered on the maintenance of a war state, the garrisoning of the planet, and the eternal upgrading of “homeland security.” . . . Police forces across the land, heavily invested in highly militarized SWAT teams, have donned more military-style uniforms, and acquired armored cars, tanks, MRAPS, drones, helicopters, drone submarines, and other military-style weaponry (often surplus equipment donated by the Pentagon).
The Pane quotidiano food bank (seen here) is one among many in the city. People start lining up at 11 a.m. for a warm meal at the Capuchin monastery on Piazza Tricolore, next to Dolce&Gabbana’s Gold Restaurant, which offers dishes such as roast Iberian pork with glazed chestnuts. The monastery now distributes 800,000 meals a year to Milan’s poorest residents.
In a forest near Zvornik, a lone boot marks the fate of a nameless victim, 2002.
UBC professor Shelly Johnson says many First Nations foster parents do not have proper training and support to deal with high-needs children.
The victims, by and large, were unsuspecting small-money donors who received urgent solicitations asking for support for needy naval veterans. Most of the money raised stayed with the fund-raisers, though plenty apparently dripped through to Mr. Thompson and a succession of Republican lawmakers who received generous contributions from the association’s political arm. But little ever made it to the intended beneficiaries. In 2010, the scheme was unwound by two reporters for what is now The Tampa Bay Times, but not before Mr. Thompson had fled the state of Florida.
It should surprise no one that among the players implicated in this scheme to fix the prices of interest-rate swaps are the same megabanks – including Barclays, UBS, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and the Royal Bank of Scotland – that serve on the Libor panel that sets global interest rates. In fact, in recent years many of these banks have already paid multimillion-dollar settlements for anti-competitive manipulation of one form or another.
‘The prescriptions today’s warriors against the poor offer have been tendered at least since the Poor Law of 1601.’
On its 2012 tax return, GOP strategist Karl Rove’s dark money behemoth Crossroads GPS justified its status as a tax-exempt social welfare group in part by citing its grants of $35 million to other similarly aligned nonprofits…The return, signed under penalty of perjury,specified that the grants would be used for social welfare purposes, “and not for political expenditures, consistent with the organization’s tax-exempt mission.” But that’s not what happened.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican, cut more than $1 billion from the state’s K-12 budget, which hit the state-controlled Philadelphia district hardest.
Dr. George Palattiyil, Deputy Director of the Edinburgh India Institute, University of Edinburgh, speaks on social work studies in Scotland and about being a part of ‘College on Wheels’
At her death, Adrienne Asch was the director of the Center for Ethics and the Edward and Robin Milstein professor of bioethics at Yeshiva University in Manhattan. Professor Asch, who was trained as a philosopher, social worker, social psychologist and clinical psychotherapist, produced scholarship that stood at the nexus of bioethics, disability studies, reproductive rights and feminist theory.
Hobbled by old, incompatible computer systems, the Defense Department’s payroll bureaucracy inflicts punishing errors on America’s warriors. U.S. Army combat medic Shawn Aiken dresses for a hospital visit in El Paso, Texas. Wounded in battle, he was later shortchanged on his pay by the Pentagon.