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June is LGBT Pride Month

On June 1, 2013, President Obama issued a Proclamation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month.  The proclamation outlined the important legislative changes that advance LGBT equity.  NASW members have provided a strong voice in supporting the Administration’s decisions to extend hate crimes protections to include attacks based on sexual orientation or gender identity, the repeal of  “Don’t ... Read More »

Take Action on Elder Abuse: Comment on National Priorities & Raise Awareness

Join NASW in commemorating World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), an observance of the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, this month. Visit the WEAAD resource library for information and ideas about how to plan a program in your community. Schedule a viewing of a WEAAD program addressing governmental and United Nations perspectives on elder abuse on Friday, ... Read More »

Strengthening the Social Service Workforce: The Global Social Service Workforce Alliance Celebrates its Launch

NASW is pleased to announce the launch of the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance. “The social service workforce is a critical workforce for creating protective environments for healthy development and well-being and tackling poverty, promoting social justice, ensuring protection from violence, abuse, exploitation, neglect and providing needed services to care for and support those who need it most,”  commented Ummuro ... Read More »

NASW CEO Angelo McClain attends June 3 White House Conference on Mental Health

The White House Conference on Mental Health brings together people from across the country, including mental health advocates, educators, health care providers, faith leaders, members of Congress, representatives from local governments and individuals who have struggled with mental health problems, to discuss how we can all work together to reduce stigma and help the millions of Americans struggling with mental ... Read More »

House Veterans Affairs Committee Hearing Addresses Wide Range of Issues

On Tuesday, May 21, the Health Subcommittee of the House Veterans Affairs Committee held a hearing on a wide range of issues.  One area covered was The Veterans Integrated Mental Health Care Act of 2013.  This bill would offer more coordinated care, particularly for Veterans in rural areas.  This bill, along with The Demanding Accountability for Veterans Act of 2013, ... Read More »

The Equal Rights Amendment: Still a Possibility

Some of you may think of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) as being from a bygone age. But in fact, potential realization of the ERA is very much alive. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) plan to introduce a resolution on Thursday, May 9 that would eliminate the 1982 deadline originally established to ratify the Act. At ... Read More »

NASW Co-hosts Congressional Briefing on the Rights of Parents with Disabilities

On April 17, 2013 NASW co-hosted a Congressional briefing with the National Council on Disabilities (NCD), American Psychological Association (APA), and Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) titled, Rocking the Cradle: Protecting the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children. The briefing focused on the barriers persons with disabilities experience when they exercise their fundamental right to create and ... Read More »

NASW Calls on Boy Scouts of America to End All Discrimination

In April, NASW sent a letter to the Boy Scouts of America to end  their decades long policy of excluding openly gay scouts and leaders in their organization. On April 19, BSA announced publicly that the proposal to be considered by the Boy Scouts National Council this May recommends removing the ban on gay scouts, but upholding restrictions against openly ... Read More »

NASW Celebrates Equal Pay Day

Today, April 9, is Equal Pay Day. While some steps have been taken to diminish wage discrimination, such as the Lilly Ledbetter Act of 2009, women still only earn less than 80 cents on the dollar compared to men. The White House has long been aware of the significance of this day. President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in ... Read More »

NASW Applauds Appointment of Julia Pierson as Secret Service Director

NASW applauds President Obama for appointing Julia Pierson as Director of the United States Secret Service (USSS). This is a milestone for women and the USSS as Ms. Person is the first woman in the agency’s nearly 150 year history to hold the top leadership position. In January, NASW expressed concern with the change in direction the President was taking ... Read More »