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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... 
Today is Equal Pay Day Apr 8th, 2014
This day, April 8, 2014, symbolizes how far into 2014 women have to work to catch up with what men were paid in 2013. Still 50 years after the Equal Pay Act, women who are employed full time, are paid only 77 cents for every dollar paid to men. However, the wage gap for women of color (African American and Hispanic) is significantly wider than for women in general. Today, President Obama’s Administration issued and... 
Special Issue of Health & Social Work on Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families Mar 26th, 2014
Approximately 2.2 million service members make up the U.S. all-volunteer force in the active, National Guard, and Reserve components, representing less than one percent of all U.S. citizens. Furthermore, veterans constitute seven percent of the country’s population, or almost 22 million persons, with ten percent of those being female. The largest living cohort of veterans served during the Vietnam era. Advancing medical... 
NASW Statement on Brooks Appointment to White House Office of National AIDS Policy Mar 25th, 2014
Douglas Brooks. Photo courtesy of TheBody.com. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) congratulates Douglas Brooks, MSW, LCSW, on his appointment as director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP).  Brooks brings the necessary leadership skills to oversee implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and HIV Care Continuum initiative in a way that will engage the many communities... 
NASW needs your help to fix Voting Rights Act Mar 21st, 2014
Photo courtesy of the Christian Science Monitor. The National Association and its partner organizations need your help in urging Congress to pass legislation to fix the Voting Rights Act. The U.S. Supreme Court last June declared the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional when it came to identifying jurisdictions that must get “pre-clearance,” or federal approval to change voting laws. Pre-clearance enabled... 
2015 Budget Impact on Economic and Social Justice Programs Mar 14th, 2014
Part 2 of NASW’s analysis of President Obama’s FY 2015 Budget addresses Department of Justice (DOJ) provisions.  Several programs and services that align with key NASW public policies receive renewed attention and increased funding. Department of Justice www.justice.gov Criminal Justice President Obama’s FY 2015 Budget proposal for the Department of Justice calls for $173 million in targeted investments for criminal... 
2015 Budget Impact on Economic and Social Justice Programs Mar 14th, 2014
President Obama’s 2015 budget created equal measures of excitement and dismay in Congress last week, but NASW was pleased to see that social and economic justice and potential opportunities for the social work profession factored prominently into many areas of the proposal. In the President’s budget, several programs and services created to support vulnerable families receive renewed attention and increased funding. Here’s... 
March 10th – Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Mar 10th, 2014
One in four people with HIV in the United States are women or girls over the age of 13.   It is estimated that over 25,000 women and girls in the U.S. do not know they are living with HIV. On March 10, National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health is reaching out to ask our help to reduce the stigma of HIV and reach out and educate. Social workers can make... 
GLobal LGBT Equity is a Social Justice Issue Mar 1st, 2014
The National Association of Social Workers has a strong position against discrimination of persons based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.  Criminalizing relationships based on one’s sexual orientation or gender identity violates fundamental human rights, limits one’s ability to fully engage in their community and society, and hinders effective public health responses to HIV and AIDS.     President... 
Commission to Eliminate Child Maltreatment Fatalities Holds First Meeting Feb 26th, 2014
The 12 member Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF), created by the Protect our Kids Act (Pub.L. 112-275), held its first meeting on February 24 in Washington, DC. The goal of the commission’s work over the next two years is to develop recommendations, to be presented to the President and to Congress, regarding how to reduce fatalities from child abuse and neglect for federal, state, and... 

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