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Podcast highlighting people working for social change. Interviews with social workers and those in related fields, educators, and activists about their work and personal stories of how they got into this work. Hosted by Shimon Cohen, LCSW.

Doin' The Work: Frontline Stories of Social Change Shimon Cohen

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Podcast highlighting people working for social change. Interviews with social workers and those in related fields, educators, and activists about their work and personal stories of how they got into this work. Hosted by Shimon Cohen, LCSW.

    Racial Terror's Past & Present - T. Marie King & Abigail Schneider

    Racial Terror's Past & Present - T. Marie King & Abigail Schneider

    Episode 25
    Guests: T. Marie King & Abigail Schneider
    Host: Shimon Cohen, LCSW
     
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    In this episode, I talk with T. Marie King and Abigail Schneider of the Jefferson County Memorial Project (JCMP) in Birmingham, Alabama. T. Marie is a Community Activist/Organizer and JCMP Core Coalition Member. Abigail is the JCMP Project Director. They explain that JCMP came together to answer the call from the Equity Justice Initiative for the 800 counties across the United Stated with documented lynchings to retrieve their monument from the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and place it in their county. They talk about their work to recognize and honor the victims of lynching in Jefferson County, beginning with research into who the 30 documented lynching victims were, their lives, and their humanity. T. Marie tells the story of her great-uncle Ed Bracy who was murdered by a racist white mob in 1935 for organizing sharecroppers. They also discuss their educational outreach and advocacy work for racial justice, as well as how they got into this work. I hope this conversation inspires you to action.
     
    info@jeffersoncountymemorial.com 
    www.jeffersoncountymemorial.com 
    IG: jeffcomemorial
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jeffersoncountymemorialproject
    EJI: https://eji.org

    • 37分
    Fighting White Nationalism - Eric Ward

    Fighting White Nationalism - Eric Ward

    Episode 24
    Guest: Eric Ward
    Host: Shimon Cohen, LCSW
     
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    In this episode, I talk with Eric Ward, who is the Executive Director of Western States Center, in Portland, Oregon. Eric has years of organizing against white supremacy, with a particular focus on white nationalist organizations. He details how antisemitism and racism are at the core of white nationalism and encourages us to understand the problem in order to address it. Eric explains how white nationalism is a growing social movement in the U.S. that is building political power and having a major impact on legislative policy. We’ve seen this with the current administration’s immigration policy and clear connection to white nationalism. Eric shares strategies Western States Center uses to organize, such as local research shared with civil rights organizations, coalition building, school-based materials, and trainings – and provides a variety of ways everyone can fight white nationalism. He also talks about how he got into this work. I hope you enjoy the conversation.
     
    www.westernstatescenter.org/
    Twitter: @wstatescenter

    • 36分
    Documentary Filmmaking, Policy Advocacy - Jordan Thierry

    Documentary Filmmaking, Policy Advocacy - Jordan Thierry

    Episode 23
    Guest: Jordan Thierry
    Host: Shimon Cohen, LCSW
     
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    In this episode, I talk with Jordan Thierry, owner and creative director at Dream Chase Media, and policy consultant. We talk about Jordan’s work on the frontlines of storytelling and his films, including The Black Fatherhood Project, which provides a historical and present day context to the structural forces impacting Black families, and his new project Grandma’s Roses, which will be a series on YouTube focusing on the stories of grandmothers of color that was inspired as a tribute to his grandmother after she passed. Jordan discusses details of the stories these grandmothers shared with him about their lives and what this process was like for him. He talks about his goal of educating people and inspiring them to action. He also explains his policy work with The Alliance for Boys and Men of Color. Jordan shares how he got into grassroots storytelling and social justice organizing. I hope you enjoy the conversation.
     
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DreamChaseLife/
    IG: @DreamChaseLife
    Jordan@Dreamchasemedia.com
    YouTube: www.dreamchase.life

    • 31分
    Social Workers Against Solitary Confinement - Rachel Frome, MSW

    Social Workers Against Solitary Confinement - Rachel Frome, MSW

    Episode 22
    Guest: Rachel Frome, MSW
    Host: Shimon Cohen, LCSW
     
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    In this episode, I talk with Rachel Frome, who is the Program Coordinator of Social Workers Against Solitary Confinement, a national task force dedicated to ending solitary confinement. Rachel discusses the negative impacts of solitary confinement, especially how it can cause and exacerbate mental health issues. She describes alternatives to solitary confinement, as well as the challenges of organizing for an end to solitary, and how lawmakers and those running prisons use wording such as “administrative segregation” as a way to deny that prisoners are held in solitary. We explore the connection between the work to abolish solitary confinement with the work to end mass incarceration, as well as the dialogue Social Workers Against Solitary Confinement has with social workers who work in these settings. Rachel shares the story of how she got into this work and urges all social workers to work to abolish solitary confinement and mass incarceration. I hope you enjoy the conversation.
     
    Website: https://www.socialworkersasc.org/ 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SWASC/
    Twitter: @end_solitary
    Email: contactSWASC@gmail.com
    Personal email: rachelfrome@gmail.com
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    • 31分
    Defending Families Facing Child Removal - Asia Piña, MSW

    Defending Families Facing Child Removal - Asia Piña, MSW

    Episode 21
    Guest: Asia Piña, MSW
    Host: Shimon Cohen, LCSW
     
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    In this episode, I talk with Asia Piña, who is an Early Defense Social Worker for the Family Defense Practice at Bronx Defenders, in the Bronx, New York. Asia explains how she works with a team of social workers, parent advocates, and attorneys to best defend parents who are being charged with abuse and neglect of children. We discuss the disproportionate numbers of Black and Brown children, as well as children in poverty, who are removed from their parents, and how racism and systemic oppression set the framework of many child welfare policies and practices. Asia describes that the beautiful, diverse families in the Bronx who love their children, feel like they are under constant surveillance by the state, in the form of the New York Police Department (NYPD) and Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). She also talks about how she got into this work, practicing self-care, and shares a message for students interested in working in the child welfare system. I hope you enjoy the conversation.
     
    Twitter @BronxDefenders
    Facebook @bronxdefenders 
    Instagram @bronxdefenders
    info@bronxdefenders.org

    • 28分
    Anti-Poverty Organizing - Ocesa Keaton, MSW

    Anti-Poverty Organizing - Ocesa Keaton, MSW

    Episode 20
    Guest: Ocesa Keaton, MSW
    Host: Shimon Cohen, LCSW
     
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    In this episode, I talk with Ocesa Keaton, who is the Executive Director of Greater Syracuse H.O.P.E. in Syracuse, New York. Ocesa details the incredibly comprehensive and thoughtful strategies H.O.P.E. uses in their anti-poverty work at both the systems and individual levels to eliminate systemic barriers that maintain inequity and prevent people from having opportunities. We discuss the racial wealth gap in the U.S. and stereotypes and inaccurate beliefs about people in poverty. Ocesa shares her journey of wanting to become an entertainment lawyer but choosing social work due to her own health issues and a social worker who helped her. She stresses the importance of policy work and why voting is critical for social change. I hope you enjoy the conversation.
     
    greatersyracusehope@gmail.com
    www.greatersyracusehope.org

    • 29分

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