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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

    • Society & Culture
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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.

    Prison Abolition - K Agbebiyi, MSW

    Prison Abolition - K Agbebiyi, MSW

    Episode 32
    Guest: K Agbebiyi, MSW
    Host: Shimon Cohen, LCSW
     
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    In this episode, I talk with K Agbebiyi, who is a prison abolitionist in Washington Heights, New York. K explains that prison abolition is a dual process of creating the world we want to live in, which includes new ways of addressing harm, and working to close prisons now. K connects mass incarceration and policing to the history of chattel slavery, all rooted in anti-Blackness, and discusses how defunding the police is one part of the overall goal of prison abolition. They talk about how to get involved in prison abolition on a local level, tracking government budgets to see how much spending is going to policing and the construction of new jails, and connecting with others who want to do something about it. K explains how they got into this work, which started with organizing for racial justice, LGBTQ justice, and reproductive justice before focusing on prison abolition. They share about being a survivor and organizing with other survivors who do not want incarceration to be done in their name. We discuss accountability and safety, as well as links to child welfare and social work. K shares recommended readings for people who want to learn more. I hope this conversation inspires you to action.
     
    www.8toAbolition.com
    Instagram: @sheabutterfemme
    Twitter: @sheabutterfemme
    sheabutterfemme@protonmail.com
    @survivepunishNY
     

    • 34 min
    The Social Justice Doula - Lutze Segu, MSW

    The Social Justice Doula - Lutze Segu, MSW

    Episode 31
    Guest: Lutze Segu, MSW
    Host: Shimon Cohen, LCSW
     
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    In this episode, I talk with Lutze Segu, who is the Social Justice Doula, from Miami, Florida. Lutze explains that she works to “create the conditions for social justice learning and transformation to take place” for individuals and organizations. She talks about how she loves seeing people grow and become committed to antiracist social justice work, become politically active, how she deeply believes in the inherent value and good of people to change, and that even though conditions in the world can be terrible, she always has hope doing this work. Lutze shares techniques she uses with people to help with this transformation and explains how theory, specifically Black Feminism, saved her life, helping her to see how systems oppress and that people are not to blame for their conditions, and how this relates to social work’s person-in-environment approach. We discuss the white supremacy enacted by social workers and clinicians who pathologize oppression, placing the problem inside clients, rather than acknowledging the violence of this “anti-Black, anti-woman, anti-queer, anti-trans, anti-immigrant world” and how social workers should be committed to social justice, not gatekeeping and the maintenance of oppression. She challenges us to ask ourselves what we are really practicing and “how are we personally going to divest from anti-Blackness.” Lutze also talks about how she got into this work, sharing a powerful story of what it meant to attend Florida Memorial University, an HBCU in Miami. I hope this conversation inspires you to action.
     
    www.lutzesegu.com
    Instagram: @socialjusticedoula
    Twitter: @FeministGriote

    • 34 min
    The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth - Mark Houston, LCSW and Pauline Green, Esq

    The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth - Mark Houston, LCSW and Pauline Green, Esq

    Episode 30
    Guests: Mark Houston, LCSW and Pauline Green, Esq
    Host: Shimon Cohen, LCSW
     
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    In this episode, I talk with Pauline Green, Executive Director and Mark Houston, Clinical Manager, of The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth in Miami, Florida. They discuss the multiple aspects of the work they do with LGBTQ youth in Miami-Dade County, such as care coordination, clinical services, community education, training for service providers and educators, and policy change. We explore some key issues affecting LGBTQ youth, particularly safety and homelessness, as well as multiple forms of oppression such as homophobia, transphobia, and racism. Mark and Pauline talk about how The Alliance builds community in a youth-led, affirming space that builds on the resiliency many LGBTQ youth already possess. We discuss the harm that can be done by social workers and clinicians who do not challenge heterosexism and cisgenderism. Pauline and Mark also share how they got into this work. I hope this conversation inspires you to action.
     
    www.glbtqalliance.org
    Instagram: @glbtqalliance
    Facebook: @glbtqalliance
    Twitter: @glbtqalliance

    • 48 min
    Mental Health in Schools - Tre King, MSW

    Mental Health in Schools - Tre King, MSW

    Episode 29
    Guest: Tre King, MSW
    Host: Shimon Cohen, LCSW
     
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    In this episode, I talk with Tre King, who is a Mental Health Coordinator in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Tre explains how he is one of 65 mental health coordinators in the school district’s Department of Mental Health Services, and that he and his colleagues each serve five schools of various grade levels. We talk about the issues affecting students and how Tre works with them. Tre discusses what it is like to work within the same school district he attended, in his own community, and how he sees himself in his students. We explore how marginalized and oppressed communities are talked about in social work classrooms and the profession versus Tre’s reality of his own background and current social work practice. Tre talks about trainings he’s done in the community, such as Mental Health First Aid. Tre also shares how he got into this work. I hope this conversation inspires you to action.
     
    Twitter: @Tre_King_MDCPS
    http://mentalhealthservices.dadeschools.net/
    MDCPS Mental Health Services Twitter: @MDCPS_MHS
    MDCPS Mental Health Services Parent Assistance Line: (305) 995-7100
    operational Monday-Friday 8am-4pm to assist students and their families with Mental Health Support

    • 39 min
    Immigrant Rights at the Border - Alejandra Martinez

    Immigrant Rights at the Border - Alejandra Martinez

    Episode 28
    Guest: Alejandra Martinez
    Host: Shimon Cohen, LCSW
     
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    In this episode, I talk with Alejandra Martinez, who is the Workshop Coordinator of the Border Rights Project of Al Otro Lado, a bi-national, social justice legal services organization serving deportees, migrants, and refugees in Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego and Los Angeles, California. Alejandra talks about the incredibly challenging conditions faced by people who are migrating and seeking asylum and the inhumane U.S. policies such as an illegal waitlist, the highly controversial family separation, and the MPP-Migrant Protection Protocol law, also known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy, as well as how U.S. asylum procedures are constantly changing and unpredictable. She explains that she and her team provide a safe, supportive space in Tijuana, where they acknowledge the trauma and long journey many asylum seekers and migrants have experienced. Alejandra discusses how the Border Rights Project provides legal orientation and a “Know Your Rights” session for asylum seekers, as well as connects them to additional services such as shelters and medical care. She tells how Al Otro Lado recently reunited 29 families who had been separated, and she shares how she got into this work. I hope this conversation inspires you to action.
     
    www.alotrolado.org
    Twitter: @AlOtroLado_Org
    Instagram: @alotrolado_org
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/AlOtroLadoOrg
    alejandra@alotrolado.org

    • 33 min
    White Supremacy in Social Work - Charla Cannon Yearwood, LSW and Laura Hoge, LCSW

    White Supremacy in Social Work - Charla Cannon Yearwood, LSW and Laura Hoge, LCSW

    Episode 27
    Guests: Charla Cannon Yearwood, LSW and Laura Hoge, LCSW
    Host: Shimon Cohen, LCSW
     
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    In this episode, I talk with Charla Cannon Yearwood and Laura Hoge, two members of SWCAREs – Social Work Coalition for Anti-Racist Educators. Charla is a clinical assistant professor of field at Indiana University School of Social Work. Laura is a psychotherapist, community organizer, activist, and has been an adjunct professor at multiple universities. Charla and Laura talk about SWCAREs’ mission to dismantle white supremacy in social work education and why this mission is needed. They explain what they mean by white supremacy in social work and provide historical and current examples ranging from leaving out Black and other social work leaders of color from history, to practices that do more harm than good to communities of color, to how boundaries and other ethics often seem to be designed by white social workers for white social workers. There is so much covered in this episode and it is just the start of these explicit conversations on the podcast. I hope this conversation inspires you to action.
     
    www.swcares.org
    Twitter: @swcares2 @CharlaYearwood @LauraHoge

    • 43 min

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