The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics calls on social workers to promote social justice and social change through a variety of ways, including political action.
On March 17 at 9 p.m. ET, NASW will host the #MacroSW Twitter chat entitled “Social Work, Politics, and Advocacy.” This discussion is especially timely considering this is an election year and March is National Social Work Month .
Join this chat to discuss the political issues NASW is tackling and learn about NASW national office activities from Mel Wilson, NASW manager of social justice and human rights, and Dina Kastner, NASW’s senior field organizer. NASW’s priority issues include criminal justice reform, urging Congress to restore voting rights and the passage of the Improving Access to Mental Health Act, which would update Medicare reimbursement for social workers to provide more mental health services to older Americans. NASW will also share updates of their work with the Congressional Social Work Caucus, chaired by social worker Rep. Barbara Lee of California.
NASW chapters are also involved in local political advocacy. For instance, the NASW Michigan Chapter is pushing state regulators to address the water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan. The South Carolina Chapter of NASW was involved in helping the state recover from recent incidents of police violence, racially charged shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopalian Church, and the call to bring down the Confederate flag at the statehouse.
We want social workers and their allies to be involved in the political conversation. Be ready to answer these questions:
- What political advocacy activities are you involved in?
- What are political issues that you think the social work profession should be more engaged?
- What are the top 3 issues you think NASW should address through political advocacy?
- Who are your favorite social workers in politics and why?
NASW looks forward to hosting the #MacroSW chat. We are sure we will have an interesting discussion.