Grand Jury Decisions in Ferguson, and now, in the Eric Garner Case in NY

The following piece was written by asha bandele of the Drug Policy Alliance and shared with her permission.
In May of 1857, having just heard of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Dred Scott case (for those of us thinking of Travyon Martin today, ironically it was filed as  Dred Scott v Sandford), wh ……

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#BlackLivesMatter, #EricGarner, #Ferguson, #Nyc

Less Talk About Racism, More Talk About Policy

I will go out on the limb here and say more talk about racism will do little to change the plight of the good citizens of Ferguson or the poor and middle class in this country in the near term.   What is needed is more talk about policy.  …

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#Ferguson, #Racism

You’re Being Prejudice: And Other Familiar Tales

It started benignly enough, a passing comment about an email that my mother received from a far-away cousin. And then instantly it changed. You see, that far-away cousin forwarded a ‘news’ story portraying a subversive take over within American culture. His warning was that there is an incoming storm wai ……

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#Ferguson, #Gaza, #Israel, #Prejudice, #Racism, #SocialJustice, #SocialWork

Ferguson Begs for a Grand Response from Social Work

Whenever tragedy strikes, social workers are among the first responders helping people cope with their grief and loss and empowering people to put their lives back in order.  Social workers provided support troops at the Boston Marathon bombing, they assisted children and families during the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and they were ever present during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  A motto of National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is Help Starts Here.  I imagine there are social workers on the ground in Ferguson.  If not in a healing role, I would bet there are social workers among the protesters.  The Missouri chapter of NASW is in Jefferson City, little more than a 2 hour drive away. …

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#Ferguson, #LetsTalkPolicy, #Politics, #SocialWork

Ferguson Begs for a Grand Response from Social Work

Whenever tragedy strikes, social workers are among the first responders helping people cope with their grief and loss and empowering people to put their lives back in order.  Social workers provided support troops at the Boston Marathon bombing, they assisted children and families during the shootings at ……

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#Ferguson, #Policy, #Research, #SocialWork, #Violence