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Bits & Pieces: CSWE Film Festival & More

By Rachel L. West, MSW, LMSW
The Political Social Worker

The CSWE 2013 virtual film festival to McDonald’s unfair wages; these are a few of the bits and pieces that caught my eye this week:

CSWE Discusses 2013 Virtual Film Festival
ELizabeth Foxwell From the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) was interviewed by Deona Hooper for Social Work Helper Magazine.

The Interview largely discuss the upcoming virtual film festival that the CSWE is hosting. The idea behind it is to find new and interesting training films that can be used in social work education. You can read the interview here.

Engaging Millennials
Emily Yu has written an article for the Huffington Post outlining the top three takeaways from the 2013 Millennial Impact report.

The report is well worth the read particularly for those looking to get millennials more involved in their nonprofit organization. You can read the entire report here.

McDonald’s is Part of the Problem
There have been several unfavorable stories about McDonald’s this week. From employees being forced to work in sweltering conditions to the companies condescending financial advice, it is clear that McDonald’s cares very little for the welfare of their workforce.

To learn more about the fast food giants ridiculous employee financial advice hop on over to Salon.

East End of Long Island to Get New GLBT Community Center
Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) has announced that they will be opening a new community centerr at the Old Whalers’ Church in Sag Harbor. This is in addition to their locations in Bay Shore and Garden City.

Careers in Social Work
Columbia University’s School of Social Work has been running a very informative series on varies careers one can pursue with a social work degree.

The series consist of interview with CUSSW alum about their post-graduate careers and how they their education prepared them for those roles. You can find the series here.

Using Social Media to Fundraise
Beth Kanter has written a post on her blog about what she learned about using social media to fundraise.

Women Shouldn’t Have to Justify Getting an Abortion
RH Reality Check has an excellent article on how we should not be pushing women to justify their need for an abortion:

Abortion is often framed as a mercy bestowed upon a woman who has committed the “crime” of having had sex. Mercy is something that someone else grants you, however, and not something you can simply decide for yourself that you deserve. That’s what people are stabbing at when they say they don’t want women to use abortion “as birth control.” The fear is that a woman might get an abortion without feeling remorseful or may, gasp, even feel like she’s entitled to it without having to apologize or grovel. Basically, people are uneasy with leaving the decision of whether or not an abortion is deserved to the woman seeking it herself. What a lot of people in the gray area between pro- and anti-choice want is for women to have to justify themselves in order to get abortions, even if it’s something as simple as making women feel ashamed of themselves for what they supposedly did wrong.

You can read the entire piece here.

photo credit: Mykl Roventine via photopin cc

Posted by Rachel L. West

In addition to being the founder of The Political Social Worker blog, I am a consultant. My consulting practice offers advocacy and community outreach solutions to nonprofits, social good organizations, and private practitioners. Additionally, I offer career coaching to macro social work students and professionals.

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