Diane

About Diane Pagen

Diane was born in Queens, New York, and has lived in all the boroughs of NYC except for Staten Island. She is a social worker, a social policy researcher and writer, and has taught social welfare policy to first year graduate social work students. Diane is working on analysis of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grants and educating people on the diversion of these block grants by state welfare bureaucracies, a phenomenon that is aggravating poverty nationally. She loves to read and to write, to go to Scandinavia House, and watch Swedish crime series such as Wallender. She enjoys taking trips to the country, gardening, and writing, as well as discussing politics with her students, her friends, her dates and just about anyone who can talk. Diane is a graduate of the Universidad de Puerto Rico, where she studied for five years and graduated with honors, and has a Master of Social Work from Fordham University (2004). Thanks to the UPR, she has learned to speak Spanish. She has also lived in Spain and in France, and wants to retire to Colombia if the US continues to fall into the toilet. She has two cats, two nieces, one nephew, one mom, one brother, one sister, and one true love. Diane lives in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.

Scarcity, Misdeeds, and Violence? Or Universal Basic Income?

Andrew Yang, Presidential candidate writes, "A culture of scarcity is a culture of negativity. They attack each other. Tribalism and divisiveness go way up."

Disastrous Homelessness Policy Makes Us All Crazy

This month, we read that a woman set another woman afire at a shelter in Queens, New York after an argument. In 2016, a man was practically beheaded at a Manhattan shelter after an argument gone bad. A DHS spokesperson said of the fire starter, “this unconscionable act goes against everything we stand for.” This [...]

Presentation for the Democrats for Life of America conference

How Temporary Assistance to Needy Families ("welfare") federal block grant policy has made parenting mostly impossible* by Diane R. Pagen, LMSW, Social Worker *And why/how to do something about it Dedicated to Gerald and all the kids I have met as a social worker Download the PDF version of the presentation here Presented at the [...]

By |2018-07-28T09:03:18+00:00July 21st, 2018|Poverty and income, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Democrats for Life – DFLA – National Conference Speakers 2018

Democrats For Life of America (DFLA) is hosting its inaugural Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado on July 20-22, 2018. The DFLA Annual Conference is the pinnacle of our work to rejuvenate the Democratic Party with pro-life Democrats. One in 3 Democrats is pro-life or have significant reservations about our current abortion policy, and significant concerns [...]

By |2018-07-04T11:40:14+00:00July 4th, 2018|Featured|0 Comments

Stuff that Makes No Sense: United States

What if legislators LEGISLATED that the dollar amount of a Food Stamp monthly benefit match the amount the USDA itself says is needed to buy the amount and quality of food that keeps a person alive?