#MacroSW at #WomensMarch 

Many members of our #MacroSW community around the world participated in Women’s marches on January 21, 2017. Here are some of their stories, experiences, and photos.


Kristin’s Photos and Story

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Left to right: Rudra Kapila, Sunya Folayan, Karen Zgoda, Kristin Battista-Frazee

Standing on the platform at the McLean metro stop waiting for the train to take us into D.C. for the Women’s March I was excited and had no idea what to expect from this experience. I attended with my fellow #MacroSW partners, Karen and Sunya, and Rudra, a colleague from the Clinton campaign and hoped the masses gathering would effectively carry a message for our ever-growing list of causes.  Trump’s rhetoric was on the verge of becoming reality and that prospect chilled me to my core. As a social worker, I realized our profession would be on the frontlines in fighting for the many people Trump policies would impact. At the Women’s March, my goal was to soak in the energy, observe the strength of so many people coming together, as well as understand the depth and fervent nature of what is shaping up to be “the resistance.”

As you now know, the crowds were twice as large as expected and worldwide women, men, children and people of difference backgrounds converged on Capitol Hill. At the March everyone was kind to each other, I met people from all over the country and there was an unspoken understanding among us that we were taking part in history. The marchers route was diverted from Independence Avenue to the wider Constitution Avenue/ Pennsylvania Avenue route towards the edge of the Treasury Department near the White House.  We passed the National Archives Building, the home of the Constitution and Bill of Rights; the Newseum, where we chanted “freedom to the press” and the Trump International Hotel, in which the crowd erupted into shouts of, “shame, shame, shame.” It is shameful what Trump espouses and shameful when elected officials do nothing to fight the injustices unfolding right before them. I’m confident this Women’s March is just the beginning and will turn into further action. People are ready to stand up and fight back. I also know, and this I impress to advocates everywhere, we will not be alone in doing what is right and speaking out about any unjust actions by the Trump Administration.

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Sunya’s Photos and Story

I participated in the Million Woman’s March in Philadelphia in October 1997. It was a joyous coming together of women from the African diaspora in the United States to bring our best efforts to make our nation, families and communities better. I took my children, one of whom was in a stroller at the time. I came back from that march energized, and willing to WORK even- harder for human rights, social justice and community change. Not boasting, but in record time, and with minimal resources I was able to do some amazing things in partnership with others. So much so, the Department of Justice noted our innovative work. I embody the “Strong Black Woman, and I know how to WORK and get things done. I have been socialized for generations to do this.  Fast forward to 2017 and the Women’s March on Washington.

I had decided I was not going to attend.

Why? I had become pretty much battle and WORK weary. I was tired of Black women’s leadership coming in behind that of White women’s leadership, or not being recognized at all. Like everyone else I was experiencing the collective grief and trauma from a brutal political campaign and its unfathomable result. (It wasn’t really unfathomable for me, I was just hoping common sense would prevailt. It didn’t). I was fed up  with  still having to prove Black Lives Matter in every endeavor of human activity. I didn’t want to have to bite my tongue or talk in code to state my reality. I didn’t want to have to fight with any feminists who  believed their contribution to today’s injustice would be simply to “listen and try to understand.” I wasn’t up for any of that bulls*#t. So I pretty much decided to stay home and WORK.

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Sunya & Karen

Then, I decided to make another decision. I wanted to spend my birthday with my friends in #MacroSW.  I wanted to connect with them, and share a unique experience in coming together to craft our own agenda for activism in this new age. I decided to come to the march as an act of self care, and for Black women self care is often a radical act of resistance.  So, I laughed, danced, sang, chanted, swore,and flashed my middle fingers.  I took off my work hats (there are many) and drank mimosas, had great discussions, connected with our growing sisterhood, ate cake and, had many plates of lasagne. I didn’t have any answers, I slept in late, I shed tears, I treated myself to dinner and I walked around in my pajamas the day after the march. I left the Strong Black Woman at home, enjoyed myself and allowed myself to become relaxed and renewed. Self care has been my focus the past few years. It allows me to return to my work with a mindful presence, and the need to pace myself in this long protracted ground game of working for human rights, social justice, and refusing to normalize what is not. I marched for financial capability and equal rights for women.

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I marched for affordable health care, and decent wages. I marched for  the lives of those lost and those to come. I marched for my daughters and grandsons. I marched for the Black feminist leadership I saw  front and center during the day’s festivities.  But most of all, I marched for myself and my right to sit down when I feel like it.


Karen’s Photos and Story (Cross-posted at Feminist Foreign Policy)

img_5860I marched in solidarity with millions of women around the world, to find the common core of our varied intersectional historical struggles and funnel our collective compassion, strength, and anger to resist the upcoming carnage of President Trump’s administration. I will partner with those who support our cause to fight the insidious forces of sexism and misogyny from damaging women’s rights and bodies.

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The March Without End
By Patricia Shelly, MSW  @PatShellySSW
January 28, 2017

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Pat Shelly, center left with red beret, met these five women sporting Wonder Woman apparel (we are everywhere!) near the National Museum of the American Indian on the Mall. Image: courtesy of author.
The Women’s March on Washington was massive. Yet the size of the crowds, in the District of Colombia and around the globe, will not be its only measure.  This is a march that will not end; it will continue in various places in various ways like an expanding web of global resistance. This will further strengthen all the actions countering attempts to roll back women’s rights, human rights, and help in the efforts to protect rights that enhance the collective good.

That collective good includes addressing the deeply entrenched racism in the U.S., gender-based violence, gun and drug epidemics, dismantlement of public education, disability rights, action on climate change, access to healthcare, criminal justice reform, LGBTQIAP rights, environmental justice, and the inherent right of all to the four freedoms:  of speech, of religion, from want and from fear. Working to protect human rights is essential to redress injustice and injury that arises from so many sources:  living with gun violence,  immersion in the violence of poverty, multiple systems of oppression.

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Image: The Public. Adriana Ragland holds a sign with an Angela Davis quote. She is a Univ. at Buffalo MSW ’17 student. at a November 2016 post-election demo in Buffalo, NY.

As Angela Davis said, “I am no longer accepting the things I can not change; I am changing the things I can not accept.”

The march itself generated discussions about white women’s privilege and racism.  Disability advocates  wrote critically about how organizers did not think to include elements that would have made it a truly accessible march. Many men and boys attended, and one of the memorable moments for me was toward the end of the march – the crowd I was following ended our march at L’Enfant Plaza. As we chanted, “My body, my choice,” it turned into a call-and-response with men chanting, “Your body, your choice.” The crowds watching from the overpasses cheered us. It was heartening to have so many men present as allies. And about time!

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Photo: Pat Shelly. Crowds lined the overpasses at L’Enfant Plaza, Washington D.C.
Sign on left: “LGBTQIA + Equality.” Sign in center: “1968 is calling. Don’t answer.”

Black Lives Matter, Indigenous Women Rise, Refugees Welcome Here; millions of women and their allies stood for advancing the cause of social justice. This may mean we work to keep what had been gained circa 2016. It may mean that new people’s movements will lead to a world that nourishes, and does not diminishes. The march itself generated discussions on white women’s privilege (and men’s privilege) and racism. Disability advocates wrote very critically about how the organizers did not include many elements that could have made this a truly accessible march. And so we learn what can improve future marches planned in D.C. Here are a few: April 15-Tax Day for Trump; April 29-March for Science on Washington; May 6-Immigrants’ March; and on June 11-National Pride March.

The Women’s March Global stressed that its purpose was to promote “the beginning of a peaceful, proactive movement that has grown out of the rhetoric of the recent U.S. election cycle and galvanized people across the world to defend women’s rights and the rights of others.”

The march reached all seven continents;  this image is from Antarctica, where people promoted Seals for Science, Cormorants for Climate, Women for Earth, and (of course) Penguins for Peace.

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Image from @wm_global

In news reports from Europe, I saw a sign in Budapest reads “Women of the World Unite.” In Wales: a sign has a photo of Nina Simone with her quote: “I tell you what is freedom to me: No fear.” In Ghana: “I stand for tolerance,” and in South Africa, “Stop Violence against Women.” Signs for our time.

As we work ( and march, and protest, and stand and call and email and tweet and blog) in order to advance #socialjustice, be assured the year 2017 will provide many opportunities to join together once again and take it to the streets.

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Collage: Pat Shelly


Fighting an Anti-Social Work Agenda: Understanding Power #MacroSW 2/2 at 9pm EST

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As the new presidential administration comes into power, basic assumptions about the role of government in assisting the most marginalized have been thrown into question. Regardless of your political affiliation, social workers should be deeply concerned about proposed changes to social service programs and the government agencies that administer them.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has called on social workers to organize, oppose, resist, and educate in response to the anti-social work agenda that is being put forward by the new administration. But how do we actually proceed?

#MacroSW is introducing a organizing chat series to educate social workers on the important role they play in resisting cuts to services and advancing social justice in their communities by teaching basic community organizing skills that will move social workers from an online space to real world action.

In the first chat of the series, we will discuss the concept of  power–who has it, what structures support it, but also how to build our own to confront injustice. For most of us, power does not come naturally. We have all been disadvantaged in some way by a lack of power–through economic oppression, racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism or based on some other characteristic. Therefore learning to want power can be challenging. But social workers also have a unique relationship to power. We may experience personal oppression from society while working at institutions that uphold traditional power structures.  

To take a closer look at these concepts, we will discuss the following questions:

  1. How do you define power and how do you know it when you see it?
  2. Who has power in our society and why?
  3. What role does social work play in maintaining or challenging current power structures?
  4. How can advocates for justice build power to challenge inequality
  5. What new or existing opportunities do you see for yourself to build power?

Resources:

About the Host

img_20170120_121533_860Justin Vest is the lead organizer for Montgomery County at Progressive Maryland where he leads issue-based advocacy campaigns and develops volunteer organizers to fight for social and economic justice. He earned his BSW from the University of Montevallo and MSW from the University of Alabama before relocating to the DC Metro area.

Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Social Work: #MacroSW 1/19 at 9pm ET

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  1. GIS PowerPoint Presentation and Treasure Hunt GIS activity from Robert Vernon, ACSW, Ph.D. Here is some information from Bob about these resources:
    1. Narrative for the opening PowerPoint slides:The cave drawing of a horse could be possibly directions on where to locate a weir and drive ’em off a cliff for a winter’s supply of horse-meat.   Sort of an early add for Safeway or Krogers…  (My interpretation)The Romans had extensive tax and census records on an individualized bases throughout the empire.The Domesday book was a complete census to inventory all of William’s holdings.The shot of Jane Addams includes ethnicity maps they created to pinpoint where various nationalities and cultures lived near Hull House.  The complete set is on display at Hull House over the fireplace.

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Geographic information systems (GIS) technologies have become a commonplace part of our daily lives. However, GIS technologies can also be used in social work practice for a variety of purposes including planning, education, and evaluation. Social work has a history with mapping going back to Jane Addams and her colleagues at Hull House. GIS mapping also seems to be a good fit given the person-in-environment perspective of the social work profession. While some social work professionals have adopted GIS technologies in their work, it has been a slow process overall.

GIS software has become more user-friendly but issues related to costs and the ethical use of data have hampered the growth of GIS technologies in social work. This chat will examine the potential uses of GIS technologies in social work practice. We will also explore potential issues with the application of GIS technologies in social work and how these can be overcome to promote their expanded use.

Join us for the #MacroSW chat on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 9 pm EST (6 pm Pacific) to discuss uses of geographic information systems in social work.

This topic is based on chat host Dr. Thomas Felke’s (@SocWrkDoc) work using GIS to examine various topics including poverty, homelessness, and food insecurity.

Questions to Discuss

  1. How do you currently use mapping technologies in your daily life?
  2. How do you think GIS could be used for your work?
  3. What ethical issues do you think arise with the use of GIS in social work?
  4. Why do you think the adoption of GIS technologies has been slow in social work?
  5. What would you need to incorporate GIS into your practice?

Resources

Surviving & Thriving Over the Holidays: #MacroSW 12/8 at 9pm EST

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Chat archive available here!

For a variety of reasons, the holidays can be filled with multiple sources of stress. Let’s chat about holiday self-care and bring back some joy to the holiday season!

 

Chat Questions:

  1. How is your holiday season going?
  2. What do you wish others knew about your holiday stressors?
  3. What are you grateful for this holiday season?
  4. What are you hopeful for in the coming year?

Chat Resources:

A True History of Social Workers Online: #MacroSW 12/1 at 9 pm EST

Chat archive available here!

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Screenshot of timeline by Susan Mankita and Linda Grobman from http://www.socialworker.com/feature-articles/technology-articles/true-history-of-social-workers-online/

Guest Experts

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Linda Grobman, MSW, ACSW, LSW

Linda Grobman, MSW, ACSW, LSW, is the publisher, editor, and founder of the award-winning The New Social Worker magazine (www.socialworker.com). Linda has had an interest in connecting with social workers online since the late 1980s, and has published a technology column in The New Social Worker since its beginning in 1994.  She also co-authored The Social Worker’s Internet Handbook with Gary Grant in 1998. Linda was 2014 Social Worker of the Year for PA NASW and was named NASW Social Work Pioneer this year for “…supporting early-career social workers through her innovative publishing endeavors, and embracing technology for social workers—and in the intersection of the two.”

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Susan Mankita, MSW, LCSW

Susan Mankita, MSW, LCSW has been educating social workers about technology since 1995. She founded the AOL Social Work Forum, one of the earliest and the longest running online communities for social workers. She connected thousands of social workers there, and later, through SocialWorkChat.org. These long running online communities for social workers, enabled easy access to support, mentoring and training FOR colleagues BY colleagues, long before the existence of Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter. She provided the earliest training about the Internet to NASW’s National Board of Directors, and The Association of Social Work Boards before many of them had access to email.  Currently, Susan owns a professional development company for social workers and provides licensure preparation focused on struggling re-takers.  She teaches social work practice courses at FIU. She was the 2013 Social Worker of the Year for both the Miami-Dade Unit and Florida Chapter of NASW.

In April 2016, Susan Mankita and Linda Grobman presented at the 2016 Social Work Distance Education conference on the topic, “A True History of Social Workers Online.”

They presented a timeline, which represents major events and memories in the development of social workers’ use of the Internet beginning in the 1980s. Through this timeline and presentation at the Social Work Distance Education conference in April 2016, in Indianapolis, IN, and now through this Twitter chat, Susan and Linda seek to preserve the rich history of social workers’ use of the Internet, dispel the myth that social workers have not been and are not online, and emphasize the value of the relationships formed through online networking by social workers with social workers.

Please join us for this discussion with two early adopters of online networking for social workers.

Here are questions we will discuss:

  1. So now you’ve heard our early experiences. Fill in some gaps. What’s your earliest experience with social work or social workers online?
  2. Building community and insuring social presence. Here’s how we did it. How has it changed?
  3. You are our legacy. What do you hope your legacy will be? What will social workers be doing online 15-20 years from now?

Seriously Old but Appropriately Selected References:

  • Bellamy, D. (1987). Innovative applications of computer technology in social work. Paper presented at the Conference of the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work, Learned Societies Meeting, Hamilton, Ontario, June 7.
  • Cnaan, R.A. (1989).  Introduction: Social work practice and information technology – an unestablished link. Computers in Human Services, 5(1/2), 1-15.
  • Colon Y. (1996). Chatter(er)ing through the fingertips: Doing group therapy online. Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory (9), 205-215.
  • Giffords, E. (1998).  Social Work on the Internet:  An Introduction.  Social Work, 43(2), 243 – 251.
  • Grant G.B. & Grobman, L.M. (1998).  The social worker’s internet handbook.  Harrisburg, PA:  White Hat Communications.
  • Marson, S. M. (1998).  Major uses of the internet for social workers: A brief report for new users. Arete, 22(2), 21-28. Retrieved from http://www.marson-and-associates.com/resume/RMajor.pdf
  • Marson, S. M. (2003). A Selective History of Internet Technology and Social Work,” that was published in Computers in Human Services, 14:2, 35 — 49.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1300/J407v14n02_03
  • National Association of Social Workers & Association of Social Work Boards (2005).  Standards for technology and social work practice. Available at http://www.socialworkers.org/practice/standards/NASWTechnologyStandards.pdf
  • Smith, M. (2009). What my LED ball reveals about the future of technology and social work: a farewell aloha. Retrieved from http://www.socialworker.com/feature-articles/technology-articles/What_My_LED_Ball_Reveals_About_the_Future_of_Technology_and_Social_Work%3A_A_Farewell_Aloha/
  • Vernon, R. and Lynch, D. (2000)  Social work and the web.   Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks-Cole.
  • Vest, G., Pruett, K. & Holmgren, B. (n.d). Social advocacy, brokering and networking with pc’s. Retrieved from http://www.socialworksearch.com/research/researchgv.shtml

HIV/AIDs Prevention & Treatment: #MacroSW 9/22 at 9pm EST

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My “Until There’s a Cure” bracelet, which I’ve worn since my MSW internship on HIV/AIDs in 1998-1999.

According to aids.gov:

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. If left untreated, HIV can lead to the disease AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). Unlike some other viruses, the human body can’t get rid of HIV completely. So once you have HIV, you have it for life…No effective cure for HIV currently exists, but with proper treatment and medical care, HIV can be controlled…Today, a person who is diagnosed with HIV, treated before the disease is far advanced, and stays on treatment can live a nearly as long as someone who does not have HIV.

As recently as June 2016:

  • More than 1.2 million people in the US are living with HIV, and 1 in 8 of them don’t know it.
  • Over the last decade, the annual number of new HIV diagnoses declined 19%.
  • Gay and bisexual men, particularly young African American gay and bisexual men, are most affected.

However, statistics do not capture the whole story. Aaron Laxton, an AIDS Activist, Youtube Blogger, Writer, Social-Engineer, and MSW student at Saint Louis University, often publishes about his experience with HIV:

Join us as we discuss HIV/AIDs prevention and treatment and implications for macro social work practice.  Our chat questions will be:

  1. What do I need to know about HIV?
  2. What do I need to know about HIV prevention?
  3. What’s treatment as prevention (TaP)?
  4. How effective is PrEP?
  5. What are resources in your community for PrEP?
  6. Where can I learn more about social work and HIV prevention and treatment?

For this conversation, we will also be joined by:

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expert on stigma and mental health and substance abuse problems in the LGBT community in Florida. Separate from his clinical practice, he presents workshops on chronic illness, substance abuse and mental health in the LGBT community.

 

 

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Evelyn Tomaszewski, MSW. Evelyn Tomaszewski is NASW senior policy associate in the Human Rights and Social Justice Department and directs the NASW HIV/AIDS Spectrum Project. She is staff to the NASW National Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues, and she can address the impact of policy, programs, and laws on LGBT individuals and families. Her work focuses on building capacity to address LGBT human rights, violence prevention and early intervention, and HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment.

 

Tracking Outcomes & Demonstrating Your Organization’s Social Impact: #MacroSW 6/2 at 9pm EST

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All organizations, for profit and nonprofit, are often asked to demonstrate their impact on the community. Tracking your organization outcomes and social impact is critical for continued growth and success. Tracking social and community related outcomes can be difficult, but it is not impossible. Join us on 6/2/2016 at 9pm for the #MacroSW chat on “Tracking Outcomes & Demonstrating Your Organization’s Social Impact.” The chat is led by Side Project CEO & #MacroSW chat partner Jeff Fromknecht, MSW who has more than 10 years of experience evaluating social programs.

Chat questions:

  1. What is program evaluation?
  2. Why is evaluation important?
  3. What are the different types of evaluation?
  4. What is a logic model?
  5. How do you share your organization’s outcomes with stakeholders?
  6. What are some evaluation resources that you use?

 

Open Mic Night! #MacroSW Chat 4/7 at 9pm EST

Archive of this chat can be found here.

 
How is everyone doing this semester? All those papers turned in? Reports filed? Papers graded? Conferences attended? Writing deadlines met? Loved ones, communities, cardio, laundry, pets attended to? Yeah, that’s not us either right now. We’re trying to keep up with the semester too.

Come chat with us and blow off some steam! Join host Patricia Shelly and the #MacroSW crew for an hour of YOUR issues, comments and ideas on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 9pm EST.

#MacroSW / #SPSM chat: Suicide Prevention Is A Social Justice Issue 3/26 at 1pm EST

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Suicide statistics are often daunting.  According to the Center for Disease Control “There were 41,149 suicides in 2013 in the United States—a rate of 12.6 per 100,000 is equal to 113 suicides each day or one every 13 minutes”.   When you think about this on the global scale The World Health Organization identifies that someone dies by suicide every 40 seconds.

These numbers are quite jarring and demonstrate how important it is to discuss this on a global scale. In the spirit of World Social Work Day and Social Work Month, we want a global conversation around the issue of suicide and social justice. The need to address suicide from the social justice perspective is explored in this TED Talk by Dr. Professor Siobhan O’Neill:

Here is a particularly moving quote: “Suicide is response to unbearable pain, to hopelessness, and feelings of failure and entrapment”

Dr. O’Neill examines the effect on post-traumatic stress and its impact on the health of people in Northern Ireland.  The economic and social determinants in Northern Ireland led to continued poor health outcomes and suicide.  She makes a call to increase connectedness in the community because this connectedness saves lives.

Moving from a local scale to a more global scale, think about how the social work/social justice community can bring about change. In honor of social work month,  please join us and our guest Dr. Siobhan O’Neill  for special global twitter chat about this issue.

We will tackle the following questions:

  1.  How is Suicide Prevention is a social justice issue?
  2. What social factors potentially impact suicide risk in the area that you serve?
  3. What are some of the barriers to suicide prevention?
  4. What are ways the macro social work/social work community can collaborate with the suicide prevention community?

This chat is a collaboration between Macro Social Work Tweet Chat (@OfficialMacroSW represented by @KarenZgoda) and the Suicide Prevention on Social Media Tweet Chat (@spsmchat represented by Sean Erreger, LCSW @StuckonSW) Thanks again to Dr. Siobahn O’Neill (@ProfSiobahnOn) for the inspiration and joining us in Northern Ireland.

To join us please follow/use the hashtag #MacroSW on Saturday March 26, 2016 at 1:00pm EST / 6:00pm GMT

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NASW Hosts #MacroSW Chat “Social Work, Politics and Advocacy” 3/17 at 9pm EST

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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:

  1. What political advocacy activities are you involved in?
  2. What are political issues that you think the social work profession should be more engaged?
  3. What are the top 3 issues you think NASW should address through political advocacy?
  4. 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.