Selected Writing and Reports
The Front Lines of Social Change: The Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade
book of photographs and interviews about the Americans who fought to defend democracy against fascism in the Spanish Civil War and then continued to fight for social justice when they returned to the United States.
Dame una Chansa, Give Me a Chance. Winner
of the 1999 International Labor Communicators Association's Max Steinboch award for
the Humanitarian Spirit in Journalism. A story about how a social worker took
a chance on a client charged with felony child abuse and unlocked a mystery
that saved a family.
Unmasking Dean Curtis. Many corporations have
rushed to offer solutions to the welfare-to-work problem with private enterprise
"know how," playing politics and playing fast and loose with their accounting. A group of
dedicated employment social workers in Lompoc, Santa Barbara County, unmasked the truth
behind the hype. This story is a classic study of the clash of ethics between
cultures of private enterprise and public service and why the profit motive
is inappropriate in the delivery of public services.
Kathleen Schormann and the Unquiet Death
of Lance Helms. A tragic story of the system's failure and a brave
social worker's refusal to back down and look the other way.
Reports on Social Work and Child Welfare
The following are in pdf form:
Social Worker Meltdown
A series of articles about the crisis facing childrens' social workers.
Protecting Children, Restoring Families, It Takes Time
To Make a Difference: The Heroes of Social Work
An exhibit about transformation and change and the mission of social work, including interviews with social workers and people whose lives were transformed by them.
The Men Along the Shore and the Legacy of 1934
An historical exhibit produced for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union about the 1934 west coast maritime strike and the San Francisco general strike. The exhibit is 100 feet long and has been exhibited at union halls, museums and libraries.