Advocacy

NASW Member Voices: It is crucial Democratic Coalition that delivered Midterm Elections Successes Must Stay Intact for 2024

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By Mel Wilson, LCSW, MBA The political climate approaching the 2022 Midterm Elections may very well be ranked with the years leading up to the Civil War as a period when the nation was facing the greatest threat to democracy. While that danger has by no means dissipated, it has certainly has been stalled by the Midterm Elections outcome. Predictions ... Read More »

Guest Blog: Biden Administration should eliminate, not expand, Title 42 to prevent further harm to migrant children

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  By Hannah Liu Immigration and Immigrant Families team, Center for Law and Social Policy For more than two years, children and families fleeing danger have been turned away at the U.S.-Mexico border without a chance to seek asylum under a misguided policy called Title 42. Last week, the Biden Administration announced that it would be expanding the policy to include ... Read More »

NASW Member Voices: Will America be America Again?

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By Chad Dion Lassiter, MSW I was browsing a free book on the Internet recently and the first line stopped me. It started with Amartya Sen’s quote, “A misconceived theory can kill.” Immediately, I thought about the amount of death that has pummeled the United States over the past few years. More than a million deaths from COVID-19 to date, ... Read More »

NASW Works With Voting Coalitions for Important 2022 Midterm Elections

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By Paul R. Pace While every election matters, the November 2022 midterms are imperative because human rights like voting, reproductive health and LGBTQIA+—issues central to social work’s mission and values—are in deep jeopardy. In some states, these rights are explicitly on the ballot, says Tanya Rhodes Smith, instructor in residence and director of the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political ... Read More »

NASW Member Voices: White House Move to Decriminalize Marijuana at federal level should be followed by states

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    By Mel Wilson, LCSW, MBA In a recent surprise announcement, President Biden informed the nation that he was taking two significant steps related to federal marijuana policy. In that announcement, he stated that his administration will pardon individuals who have been convicted in federal court of simple possession of marijuana. However, the vast majority of those arrested, convicted, ... Read More »

Comment on proposed rule to strengthen non-discrimination protections in health programs

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW)  is encouraging its members to comment on an important proposed rule to strengthen nondiscrimination protections in health programs through Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. NASW will be submitting comments and encourages social workers to do so as well. The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) and partner organizations have created comment portals (listed ... Read More »

Please help the NASW Mississippi Chapter address Jackson’s water crisis

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Crumbling infrastructure and recent flooding in Mississippi caused an already struggling water treatment plant in the state capital of Jackson to collapse. Residents in the city of 150,000 are having difficulty getting water to drink or to flush toilets, prompting the city to close schools and business and residents to wait in long lines for water. The NASW Mississippi Chapter has mobilized volunteers ... Read More »

NASW Combats Troubling Business Practice Harming Social Workers and their Clients

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In July 2022, many NASW members alerted their state chapters to a disturbing and potentially deceptive marketing practice impacting social workers nationwide — involving CareDash, a healthcare review and referral website for a wide variety of healthcare providers, including clinical social workers. CareDash has been posting the profiles of thousands of social workers — without their consent or knowledge — ... Read More »

NASW Member Voices: Money in Politics Increasingly Benefits Wealthy, Special Interests

Voting and Money Influence

By Dr. Jessica Hare, BSW, MSW, DSW American Promise joined forces with the National Association of Social Workers and Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy on June 27, 2022 for a conversation on “The Power of Political Social Work.” Social workers witness how the influence of money in politics is shaping and reinforcing systems that increasingly benefit wealthy donors ... Read More »