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News Items – April 13, 2012

Playing the Violence Card
The New York Times
As a spokesman for saving white immigrant communities from the violence within, Ripley was part of a national progressive movement led by Jane Addams, the influential social worker of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the face of grisly, gang-related youth shootings — “duplicated almost every morning,” Addams wrote — she insisted that everyone from the elite to community organizers to police officers had a part to play. She and other progressives mobilized institutional resources to save killers and the future victims of killers.

Welfare Limits Left Poor Adrift as Recession Hit
The New York Times
Arizona spends most of the federal money on other human services programs, especially foster care and adoption services, while using just one-third for cash benefits and work programs — the core purposes of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. If it did not use the federal welfare money, the state would have to finance more of those programs itself.

Scott Walker’s Latest Anti-Women, Anti-Worker Attacks Are Now Law
The New Civil Rights Movement
Wisconsin Right to Life, Pro-Life Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Catholic Conference lobbied for the change, while a number of groups including the Wisconsin Public Health Association, the Wisconsin Medical Society, and the National Association of Social Workers lobbied against it.

Love minus the lovemaking
Chicago Tribune
“It’s not just about different sex drives, but a complete lack of empathy about being in the other person’s shoes,” said marriage therapist Michele Weiner-Davis, author of “The Sex-Starved Marriage: A Couple’s Guide to Boosting Their Marriage Libido” (Simon & Schuster) and founder of “That sort of breakdown can put marriages at risk for infidelity and divorce.”

Michelle Watts – Knowledge Is Power
For the last two years, Michelle Watts has served on the UW-Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center (ADRC) Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute (WAI) Milwaukee Community Advisory Board (CAB) for the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention study (WRAP), a longitudinal research study of adult children whose parent (s) was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Stressed out! How to navigate one—or more—life changing events
When you get caught up in a continuous loop of stressful thinking, it can be difficult to think logically, according to Karol Ward, a licensed clinical social worker and author of Worried Sick: Break Free from Chronic Worry to Achieve Mental and Physical Health.

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