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LGBT Pride Month Update
LGBT Pride Month Update Jun 30th, 2014
June is Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT)  Pride Month. On June 2, 2014, President Barack Obama declared June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. The President’s proclamation outlined the important legislative changes in the advancement of LGBT equity that occurred at the state and federal level.  The President noted that the Obama Administration “proudly stands alongside all... 
NASW-Massachusetts statement on Supreme Court Buffer Zone ruling Jun 27th, 2014
Photo courtesy of the Boston Globe. The National Association of Social Workers – Massachusetts Chapter (NASW-MA) and NASW’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C. are disappointed by a United States Supreme Court ruling on Thursday that unanimously overturned the Massachusetts law that created a 35-foot buffer zone around health clinics offering abortion services.  The Court stated that establishing these zones... 
NASW partnering with Selective Service System to ensure youth do not miss opportunities Jun 26th, 2014
Photo courtesy of Selective Service System. Did you know millions of young men miss out on important opportunities because they fail to register for the Selective Service? The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has partnered with the Selective Service System to help inform young men — and especially at-risk young men — of the requirement to register with Selective Service when they turn 18. NASW... 
One Person, One Action, One Nation: United Against Elder Abuse Jun 13th, 2014
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15   Every year, at least one in 10 older adults experiences elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Moreover, researchers estimate that, for every reported case of elder abuse, another 23.5 cases go unreported. Social workers play essential roles in preventing, identifying, and addressing elder abuse. That’s why every action by every individual is needed to end elder abuse... 
NASW 2014 CONFERENCE BREAKOUT SESSSIONS ANNOUNCED Jun 4th, 2014
forget your ex NASW 2014 CONFERENCE BREAKOUT SESSSIONS ANNOUNCED NASW has a stellar line-up of breakout sessions for the NASW 2014 Conference. Below is a short list of the 100 sessions that will be offered: ? The Power of Happiness: Positive Psychology and its Implications for Treatment ? Recurring Themes in Ethical Social Work Practice: Essential Resources for Even The Most Seasoned Practice ? Addressing the Social Work... 
NASW: Nigeria schoolgirl kidnappings underscore global human trafficking problem May 8th, 2014
Unidentified mothers of the kidnapped Nigerian girls protest for help in gaining their release. Photo courtesy of The Columbian. The terrorist kidnapping of more than 200 girls from their boarding school in Nigeria and the threat they could be sold into the human trafficking market is a tragic and frightening event and social workers around the world should advocate for their release. Social workers should also educate... 
Fight for Minimum Wage Increase Not Over May 1st, 2014
Protestors rally for a higher minimum wage in Seattle. Photo courtesy of the Washington Post. Social workers and other members of the social justice community are disappointed the Senate on Wednesday failed to pass the Fair Minimum Wage Act (S.460). Fortunately, the Obama Administration will continue to press for the passage of the bill. In turn, they are asking Americans in favor of the Fair Minimum Wage Act to press... 
NASW: Nation must do more to address racism in aftermath of Sterling incident Apr 29th, 2014
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Times. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) applauds NBA Commissioner Adam Silver for imposing a lifetime ban and $2.5-million fine on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for making racist and demeaning remarks about African Americans. However, NASW recognizes more work must be done to end racism that is deeply ingrained... 
Administration Begins to Fulfill Promise to Shorten Certain Drug Sentences Apr 25th, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Erick Holder. Photo courtesy of Politico.com. President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have begun to make good on their promise to reform criminal justice sentencing reform and encourage sensible drug policies. A first step toward sentencing reform began with Holder’s March 13, 2014 announcement of a new policy intended to shorten sentences for certain federal drug offenders. Just weeks... 
50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act Reminder More Work Needed on Social Justice Issues Apr 9th, 2014
President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act into law. Photo courtesy of www.learnnc.org. President Barack Obama will join former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush this week at the LBJ Presidential Library Library in Austin, Texas, to honor the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. The gathering of the current and former presidents is associated with the Civil Rights Summit, a three-day event... 

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