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A Black Hole in European History Prevents Full Understanding of the Present

Nils Muižnieks 2015/08/04

A couple of days ago, we commemorated the liquidation 71 years ago of the so-called “Gypsy family camp” at Auschwitz-Birkenau. On 2 August 1944, 2 897 persons were taken to the gas chambers and exterminated. Only a few months earlier, on 16 May 1944, the detainees of the “Gypsy camp” had refused to obey the… Continue Reading »

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Congress Falters and Criminal Justice Reform Stalls

Dr. Charles Lewis, Jr. 2015/08/04

Despite members of the Democratic and Republican parties both expressing the need for reforming the criminal justice system, efforts remain stalled in Congress due to the Republican majorities in the House and Senate inability to pass several key legislative bills. Infighting between conservatives and the Republican leadership has stalled the House and Senate from completing… Continue Reading »

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Leading Change – What Are the Alternatives?

Philip Patston 2015/07/09

When it comes to leading change and creating social movements, particularly when it involves people on the margins of society, it’s easy to fall into the trap of assuming success means “widening” the mainstream to accept a new group of previously excluded citizens. Reverence may be paid to new rituals and customs. Changes may be… Continue Reading »

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7 Things Every Clinician Should Know About Introverts

Arnie Kozak 2015/07/09

It’s not unusual for introverts to run across prejudice, even in the clinical setting. They are encouraged by spouses, bosses, and some therapists to be more “outgoing,” “on,” “cheerful,” and “energetic.” They are told that if they put more effort into what amounts to an extroverted way of being, that they will be happier, enjoy… Continue Reading »

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We Don’t Listen to Children When It Comes to Abuse in Sports

Jameel Hadi 2015/07/08

Sky Sports presenter Charlie Webster has said she revealed details about sexual abuse by her coach when she was young in order to “break the taboo about abuse as a whole.” There are certainly issues within sport where too often, poor practice and abuse is tolerated. Who can forget the unravelling of the systematic abuse… Continue Reading »

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Getting Social Workers Involved in Social Justice: Who Will Take the Lead

Dr. Charles Lewis, Jr. 2015/07/08

If you’re not sitting at the table, you’re on the menu. This pithy bit of wisdom was offered as a reminder by University of Illinois Springfield social work professor David Stoesz in a discussion thread on a social work policy listserv about the profession’s paltry participation in policy and politics. Social workers on that listserv… Continue Reading »

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Independence Day: An Ongoing Fight for Freedom

Deona Hooper 2015/07/04

Independence Day is a day we celebrate being free from tyranny, oppression, and persecution. It’s a day we celebrate a democratic society with the rights to freedom of speech, religion, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I am especially thankful to the men and women serving in our military who have made many sacrifices… Continue Reading »

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