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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.

    Voting and Legislative Advocacy - Dawn Brown, MSW

    Voting and Legislative Advocacy - Dawn Brown, MSW

    Episode 34
    Guest: Dawn Brown, MSW
    Host: Shimon Cohen, LCSW
     
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    This episode is sponsored by Designs by Tee, bringing you positive, socially conscious tees and accessories. Use code TeePod5 for $5 off your next order.
     
    In this episode, I talk with Dawn Brown, who is a social work educator and the Legislative Chair of the National Association of Social Workers Florida Chapter. Dawn talks about activities and strategies social workers can use to engage in legislative advocacy and how NASW-FL has a big event called LEAD (Legislative Education Advocacy Day) where they bring social work students to the Florida Capitol once a year to meet with lawmakers and attend committee hearings. We talk about the importance of voting, especially this November, and what is on the line. Dawn shares what voting means to her as a Black woman, and stresses that voting is important at all levels of government – national, state, and local. She explains that voting is just the beginning, and that we need to hold elected officials accountable, build relationships with them to push for a social justice agenda, and support candidates for office who are aligned with the goals of racial, social and economic justice. She also talks about how she got into this work. I hope this conversation inspires you to action.
     
    www.naswfl.org
    legchair.naswfl@socialworkers.org
    Twitter: @DBReclaimMyTime
    Instagram: virgo10212

    • 39 min
    Black Social Workers Speak Out About Social Work Education - André Marcel Harris, BSW; Dashawna J. Fussell-Ware, MSW; Deana Ayers, BSW; Vivian Taylor, MSW

    Black Social Workers Speak Out About Social Work Education - André Marcel Harris, BSW; Dashawna J. Fussell-Ware, MSW; Deana Ayers, BSW; Vivian Taylor, MSW

    Episode 33
    Guests: André Marcel Harris, BSW; Dashawna J. Fussell-Ware, MSW; Deana Ayers, BSW; Vivian Taylor, MSW
    Host: Charla Cannon Yearwood, LSW
     
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    This episode is a collaboration with SWCAREs – Social Work Coalition for Anti-Racist Educators – who are doing phenomenal work to transform social work. SWCAREs members Charla Yearwood and Laura Hoge dropped serious knowledge on Episode 27 White Supremacy in Social Work. I’m so excited that Charla is back on Doin’ The Work, this time as the host. Charla facilitates a discussion with a group of amazing Black social workers who talk about their experiences with social work education.
     
    I chose to pass the mic to Charla because I wanted to give this platform to Black social workers to have a conversation without white people, so that it could be really open without any filter I may impose on it when I’m interviewing.
     
    I’m grateful to Charla for doing this and to André, Dashawna, Deana, and Vivian for their time, courage, and vulnerability. They are giving the social work world a gift with this episode. Something that jumped out to me about their stories is how social work education is so violent towards Black students on so many levels. This has to change.
     
    The guests’ social media and contact info, along with Cash App and Venmo accounts are in the show notes, so please give them support. I hope this conversation inspires you to action.
     
    SWCAREs
    www.swcares.org
     
    André’s info:
    Twitter: @andreharris89
    Instagram: @andremarcelharris
    Facebook.com/AndreMarcelHarris
    Cash App: $AndreMarcelHarris
     
    Dashawna’s info:
    Twitter: @msfdubs
    Cash App: $docfw22
    Venmo: @shawnafw
    PayPal: www.paypal.com/paypalme/shawnafw
     
    Deana’s info:
    Twitter: @deanajayers
    Instagram: @deanajayers
    www.deanajayers.com
    Venmo: @djayers
     
    Vivian’s info:
    Twitter: @TayloredLooks
    Cash App: $TayloredBills
    Venmo: @Vivian-Taylor-25
     
    Black Men in Social Work
    Twitter: @blackmeninSW
    Instagram: @blackmeninsocialwork
    Facebook.com/blackmeninsocialwork

    • 1 hr 42 min
    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

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