Nothing Makes a Cynic Like a Wealthy Church…

I grew up in the church. My father is a minister which meant I went to church every Sunday, did the whole baptism, confirmation, altar boy thing and when I was twelve, he took a new job at a church populated with a lot of people who had a lot of money. Not all, granted, but enough of them and I remember being about fifteen … Continue reading Nothing Makes a Cynic Like a Wealthy Church…

From the heart: Yeah, I got one, so what?! Pardon my rant…

I’m a social worker. I’m actually working right now, even as I type this. You see, right now I’m an on-call Adult Crisis Counselor and what that means is when the police, the hospitals or the jails have someone who is contemplating suicide, or has tried it, they call me in to talk to them, to do an assessment and determine what is the least restrictive … Continue reading From the heart: Yeah, I got one, so what?! Pardon my rant…

Urgent: Call for a Moratorium On Demolitions in the LSU/VA Footprint

From Humid Beings, New Orleans Ladder and Save Charity Hospital… Repost from Save Charity Hospital website: Given the continuing uncertainty surrounding the financing for the proposed University Medical Center (UMC) in Lower Mid-City, we ask you to call upon Mayor Landrieu and the New Orleans City Council to stop demolitions in the LSU/VA Hospitals Footprint: Mayor Landrieu: (504) 658-4900   mayor@cityofno.com Jackie Clarkson: (504) 658-1070   jbclarkson@cityofno.com … Continue reading Urgent: Call for a Moratorium On Demolitions in the LSU/VA Footprint

A Review: William Quigley’s How to Destroy an African American City in 33 Steps

I discovered this essay in Quigley’s book: Storms Still Raging – Katrina, New Orleans and Social Justice, but the essay has existed online for quite some time; it was written three years ago. William Quigley is a human rights lawyer and professor of law at Loyola University in New Orleans where he heads the center for Social Justice, the Clinic, and the Poverty Law Center. … Continue reading A Review: William Quigley’s How to Destroy an African American City in 33 Steps

The Legacy of Katrina Study – The Kids Aren’t Alright

As a social worker, you develop a really dark sense of humor, a mindset often used as a coping mechanism for some of what you see and the stories you hear. During Katrina, I was living on the West Coast and at conferences, or in simple conversations with co-workers a statement I heard more than any other went something like this: “New Orleans? Jesus, that … Continue reading The Legacy of Katrina Study – The Kids Aren’t Alright

About F’in Time…BP Gives 52 Million Dollars to Fund Mental Health in Gulf Coast

Give credit where credit is due, and I will..just check back with me in two months and I’ll give British Petroleum all the credit in the world for doing what it is they morally should have done from the beginning. From Channel 6 News in Houston: BP announced on Monday a $52 million award to fund behavioral health support and outreach programs across the U.S. … Continue reading About F’in Time…BP Gives 52 Million Dollars to Fund Mental Health in Gulf Coast

Some Perspective…BP Set to Announce 5 Billion Dollar Profit in 2nd Quarter

From the Telegraph: This week is likely to see the start of BP’s fightback, beginning with the announcement of $5bn in profits for the second quarter of 2010 and the resignation of Hayward – a symbolic break with the steady drip of bad news that has bombarded the company since April 20. While I do understand the necessity of British Petroleum staying afloat so they … Continue reading Some Perspective…BP Set to Announce 5 Billion Dollar Profit in 2nd Quarter

Due to lack of response, states tweak requests for mental health aid in the Gulf…wait, whadda ya mean, “if?”

British Petroleum, finally addressing calls for funding to provide mental health assistance to residents of the Gulf Coast has requested that Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi rewrite their requests. The company says it is not qualified to review multiple grant applications for programs that vary in scope and duration, in addition to separate requests from some local governments and nonpublic entities. Federal Health and … Continue reading Due to lack of response, states tweak requests for mental health aid in the Gulf…wait, whadda ya mean, “if?”