Training, Self-Doubt & Fatal Flaws: What Social Work Taught Me about Police Work

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Have you ever restrained someone the size of Eric Garner? I have, and it was one of the easiest, most quickly resolved crises in which I’ve ever intervened. It was 2009 and I was working with severely emotionally disturbed teens in a locked residential facility. A young woman, weighing in at 300 lbs, had just tried to punch someone, so … Read More

SorenTraining, Self-Doubt & Fatal Flaws: What Social Work Taught Me about Police Work

Things I Take For Granted #1

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I work at a shelter for homeless youth. Tonight, a resident of the shelter–a young black male–needed to go to the hospital, so I walked with him to the corner to catch a cab. While I was on hold with the company’s dispatch line, he walked ahead and stood at the curb trying to hail one. A squad car crept … Read More

SorenThings I Take For Granted #1

The real face of welfare & why I can’t vote third party in 2012

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I gotta tell you something: I didn’t vote for Obama in 2008. I was glad he won. I cried during his inauguration. But I didn’t vote for him. When people discovered my intentions before the election, they didn’t understand. I’d explain that voting for the lesser of two evils was a lie — the same kind of lie that constituted the … Read More

SorenThe real face of welfare & why I can’t vote third party in 2012