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News Items – September 23, 2011

Could world social unrest come to America’s streets?
BBC News
Gary Bailey, a professor of social work practice at the Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston said “draconian” austerity cuts contemplated in the US Congress could eventually spark unrest if young Americans felt their future was being taken from them through cuts to education and jobs programmes.

Jobs Act has elements all can support
Idaho Press-Tribune
“It is time for Idaho’s congressional delegation to come together with the Democrats in Congress and support passage of the Jobs Act.” —Delmar Stone is the executive director for the Idaho Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

Social workers laid off by Jackson Public Schools ask district not to privatize jobs
The Jackson Citizen Patriot –
Kathryn Fortune-Gallagher, who was a social worker at Bennett Elementary School, said if the district hires social workers who work for a company the positions would become a revolving door because the workers will always be looking for something better and not be “invested in the district.”

Combat veterans invited to join new Tahlequah support group
Cherokee Phoenix
Tulsa Vet Center Social Worker Matthew Tiger works with combat veterans and their families to help these veterans readjust. He is currently forming a new combat veterans’ support group in Tahlequah and is asking veterans to contact him.

The main lesson from a down job market? Stay in school. As long as you can.
The Washington Post
Sadly, the degrees in least demand — and that pay the least — lead to jobs that help other people the most. Counseling, psychology and social work are among these.

After Abduction of 8 Children, Sense That Mother Was Desperate
The New York Times
“Imagine if someone took your children away from you,” Forestdale’s executive director, Anstiss Agnew, said Wednesday from the leafy campus where the abduction took place. “What would you do to get those children back?”

Growing service offers help to those who struggle
Bucyrus Telegraph Forum
Kenzie Klamfoth, Licensed Social Worker, front; Barb Wirebaugh, Licensed Independent Social Worker and Supervisor; and Jean Ollis, Licensed Independent Social Worker, in front of Affinity HealthWorks’ new location at 106 E. Warren St. in Bucyrus.

Social Work advisory board establishes endowment to support family violence
CisionWire (press release)
ARLINGTON — The UT Arlington School of Social Work Advisory Council has created a new, $250000 endowed professorship focused on issues of family violence in honor of the Arlington police officer and University alumna who was killed in the line of duty last year.

UPDATE: Atlanta Hawks’ Etan Thomas, Former Mayor Wilson Goode to Serve on Juvenile Justice Panel
With an alarming number of African American youth ensnared in the juvenile justice system, U.S. Rep. Edolphus “Ed” Towns (NY-10) has convened a diverse group of leaders to explore solutions to this growing crisis. Entitled, “An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Re-entry Programs,” the panel will explore the juvenile justice system in America at a time when critics say it neither reforms young offenders nor protects the public.

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