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Support TANF in Continuing Resolution

TANF

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) was created by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act instituted under President Bill Clinton in 1996. Many conservatives disagreed with the previous program Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). They believed that a welfare program for families should have a work incentive component. Under TANF recipients…

Kent State Primer for Urban Outfitters

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Editors Note: This post originally mentioned Ambercrombie and Fitch, the offending party is actually Urban Outfitters. My mistake. This post is for Urban Outfitters and all of those people who don’t know about or understand the significance of what happened at Kent State University on May 4, 1970. It was a seminal moment for this…

Show Your Support for Medicaid Expansion!

NAMI

Show Your Support for Medicaid Expansion! Hi Advocate, Will you take 5 minutes to send one email and make four calls to make sure the Ohio House keeps Medicaid expansion in the state budget (see the instructions below)? Legislators are currently on spring break. The House Finance committee will soon vote the budget out of…

Register Now for NAMI Classes

NAMI

From: NAMI.org March 2013 Enrollment Now Open for Family Class NAMI Franklin County is now registering for the next session of Family-to-Family classes. SATURDAYS 2-4:30 pm April 6-June 22, 2013 Redeemer Lutheran Church, 43227 OR TUESDAYS &THURSDAYS ****New 6-week format**** 6:30-9 pm April 9-May 16, 2013 NAMI Ohio, 43215 Space is limited and classes are…

What Drives Crazy Groups Crazy?

Bat Shit Crazy

I am fond of saying that every generation has its challenges and certainly this generation faces some daunting ones. I think what will make it even more difficult for those in the future are the rising number of groups who are quite frankly, bat shit crazy. I would include in this cabal the Tea Party,…

Memories of Professor Charles O. Ross

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I was not close friends with Dr. Ross who passed away last week. But I knew him from the two classes I had taken from him at the Ohio State College of Social Work in 2001 and 2002. The syllabus was useless with him. He was an experiential teacher and class was about whatever he…

Support Social Services Block Grant

The NASW

Government Relations Action Alert September 11, 2012 SSBG: Tell your Senators and Member of Congress to Protect the Social Services Block Grant from Budget Cuts and Elimination Take Action! September 11, 2012 Background Earlier this year the House of Representatives approved a bill that would completely eliminate the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG). Although the…

Trickle Down Economics Doesn’t Work

Imaging loaning a large amount of money to a group of wealthy individuals, instead of returning it, they let it trickle back to you in small amounts. Obviously this makes no personal financial sense, but that is trickle down economics and the Republicans have used this scam for years. There is a reason this political…

Dispatch Editorial Unwittingly Proves Why SB5 Should be Repealed

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Recently The Columbus Dispatch wrote an editorial titled Undue Process. The Big D’s opinion was that firing bad teachers should be easier and SB5 would accomplish that. The problem is the editorial points out more problems with SB5 than solutions. In the editorial the Dispatch gives two case scenarios where teachers, who where admittedly bad…

John Freshwater in the News Again

John Freshwater

John Freshwater, the cross burning and constitution violating ex-science teacher is in the news again. The Columbus Dispatch reports that thanks to the Rutherford Institute he has had a letter of admonishment removed from his file at the Ohio Department of Education. What does this mean? Exactly nothing. Freshwater still has his license to teach,…