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The Struggle For American Indian Voting Rights in South Dakota

Drew Gibson 2014/10/23

Last month, the Oglala Sioux Nation filed a voting rights lawsuit with the federal government for failing to put a pre-election satellite voting and registration site on the portion of Pine Ridge Reservation which sits in Jackson County, South Dakota. Despite having money apportioned by the Help America Vote Act to address just this sort of issue,… Continue Reading »

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Is Saying Victim Failed to Protect Children Another Form of Victim Blaming

Peter Choate 2014/10/22

A mother finds herself in a domestically violent relationship and she has children. Child Protective Services (CPS) becomes involved and discover that the children are either being abused directly or are witnessing the abuse. CPS turns to the mother and tells her that she has a responsibility to protect the children from the abuse despite… Continue Reading »

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Geotagging Memories? A Brief Exploration of Social Work Implications

Samantha Teixeria 2014/10/22

Sometimes social workers ask me how they can connect Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or spatial analysis to their work. For macro social work, the connections are easy. We can visualize community assets, identify crime hotspots, look at the ways in which environmental hazards cluster in certain communities…the possibilities are endless. But, for clinical and micro… Continue Reading »

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Why Amanda Bynes Mental Illness is No Different from Robin Williams

Kharoll-Ann Souffrant 2014/10/21

Recently, 28 year-old Amanda Bynes was hospitalized in an involuntary psychiatric care unit by her family. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time she has been evaluated for mental health issues due to her erratic behavior. However, as a result of her fame, Bynes and her family are having to deal with her mental health crisis… Continue Reading »

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Dying with Dignity: The Brittany Maynard Story

Susan Youngsteadt 2014/10/20

On November 1, 2014, Brittany Maynard will die. However, her death is being planned on her own terms in response to a recent diagnosis of Glioblastoma Multiforme which is an aggressive brain cancer. Initially, Brittany was given only a few years to live, but further testing revealed Brittany only had six months. At the young age… Continue Reading »

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Are Social Workers Helping Inmates Rot in Solitary Confinement?

Dr. Charles Lewis, Jr. 2014/10/17

As I wrote in a article several weeks ago, there are about 25,000 people held in solitary confinement in supermax prison units called SHUs—security housing units—and another 80,000 inmates housed in isolation cells in regular prisons and jails. Many of these individuals are mentally ill. Some are juveniles and/or pretrial detainees. No question they are being… Continue Reading »

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Politician’s Comments on Disabled People Further Proves Welfare Reform Is Driven by Ideology

Rebecca Joy Novell 2014/10/17

When David Freud stated that some disabled people were “not worth” the minimum wage, he was not saying this for shock effect. It was said in earnest at a fringe meeting at the Tory Party Conference. Furthermore, Lord Freud is not a mere back bench Conservative politician making bizarre and infuriating comments about a subject… Continue Reading »

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