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News Items – October 20, 2011

10 Things Social Workers Have In Common With The Occupy Wall Street Protests
NASW-NYC Connections
A lot has been going on three blocks from the NASW-NYC office at Zuccotti Park, located at Liberty Street between Broadway and Church Street, since the middle of September.  At its core it is an encampment of protesters but has also become a destination for support demonstrations, including a recent 10,000 person march of union members, community groups and ordinary New Yorkers.

Occupy Wall Street is growing
Idaho Press-Tribune
From coast to coast, the vast majority of Idahoans can be encouraged that our fellow Americans are rising up. Finally, the “little guy” is being heard. • Delmar Stone is the executive director for the Idaho Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

Is D.C.’s Foster Care System Preparing Children for Homelessness?
The Huffington Post
This is what passes for good news in D.C. social services. The District government is congratulating itself because Denise Gibson finally has a place to live. According to a story in the Washington Post, Gibson will be one of the first residents of the newly-redeveloped Mississippi Avenue Apartments, a subsidized-rent apartment complex.

Emotional Support Dog: A New Leash on Life
Tara Moser is the owner of, and a therapist at, Delta Family Counseling in Cape Coral and includes emotional support dogs in play therapy with children, if the child chooses.

Private prison health-care industry grows as states cut costs
The American Independent
Mel Wilson, assistant director of Officer Workforce Studies at the National Association of Social Workers, says he is aware of “a lot of gaps in services” in for-profit private health care in prisons, especially for inmates with chronic conditions like HIV. Prisoners with HIV were found to die of the disease at twice the rate than that of the general population, according to HIV Symptoms, an information site on HIV.

Profiles in ‘occupation': Retired Saginaw Township social worker wants Occupy
The Saginaw News –
By Justin L. Engel | The Saginaw News The Saginaw News today, in an attempt to better understand a growing national movement, will profile several participants of a Occupy Wall Street-inspired rally outside a Kochville Township Bank of America branch.

Occupy LA: Portrait of a protest
Los Angeles Times (blog)
The teacher, the social worker, the activist, the student —— just some of the protesters furious at Wall Street who have taken over the grassy area around City Hall in downtown Los Angeles and public streets and parks in other major cities around the world.

Local View: Supercommittee must protect kids
Becky Gould is the Executive Director of Nebraska Appleseed, and writes on behalf of the Nebraska Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, Voices for Children Nebraska, and NAMI Nebraska – all co-sponsors of the Step Up for Kids rally.

Real-life inspiration for ‘Oranges and Sunshine’
Los Angeles Times
We have six social workers in the UK and we have social workers in Australia. I used to do it on my own for years. But I never thought I had a choice. I didn’t spend hours thinking, Do I want to do this?

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