Advocacy

Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Back on the Table?

In November, groups hoping for the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy were disappointed when the Senate Armed Services indefinitely postponed a long awaited hearing on the matter. However, the issue was moved to the forefront during the State of the Union speech, when President Obama uttered the words, “This year, I will work with Congress and our ... Read More »

Michelle Obama and Military Families

First Lady Michelle Obama has made military families a priority throughout her time in the White House. First, she thanked veterans and their families privately for their contributions. Then, she publicly stated her support alongside Dr. Jill Biden at the 2009 World Series. Now, she has delivered the most meaningful contribution of all: a promise of funding. According to Mrs. ... Read More »

Congresswoman Barbara Lee: Peace Advocate

In October, Representative Barbara Lee (CA-9) introduced H.R. 3699, a bill to prohibit any funds being expended to increase the number of members of the United States armed forces serving in Afghanistan. The bill currently has 27 cosponsors and has been referred to the House Committee on Armed Forces. Rep. Lee, a social worker, was the only opponent to George ... Read More »

The Administration’s Plan for Middle Class Families

Recognizing the impact of the economic recession on working families, President Obama and Vice President Biden held a meeting of the Middle Class Task Force on January 25, 2010 to discuss ways to reduce the financial burden for this group and increase investments for them. Over the past year, the Task Force has held several meetings on this topic and ... Read More »

Supreme Court Ruling on Corporate and Union Spending

On Thursday, January 21, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. In essence, this decision holds that corporations and unions may spend money from their general funds on political and campaign activities. We are presently analyzing the impact of this decision on NASW and PACE, and will provide you with ... Read More »

NASW Health Care Reform Roundup – January 21, 2010

Democrats Regroup on Strategy for Health Care Reform Democratic congressional leaders are currently developing a new strategy to pass health care reform after the stunning loss of a Senate seat in Massachusetts. Although their new strategy will be finalized after some days have elapsed and is not yet final, several conclusions are apparent from their public comments. First, Democrats fear ... Read More »

Take Action – "We Can Do Better" Campaign

Background The nation’s child protection system is stretched too thin. From 2001-2007, 10,440 children died at the hands of their caretakers. In fact, there was a 35 percent increase in child maltreatment deaths during 2001-2007.  Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the many who have worked countless hours addressing child maltreatment, the U.S. continues to fall short of protecting its ... Read More »

News from the Hill – January 2010

Social Work Reinvestment The Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act continues to be a major focus of NASW. The bill currently has 80 House cosponsors and 11 Senate cosponsors and we need your help to secure more! Contact your Senators and Representative today in support of this important bill. NASW is working with the ... Read More »

Martin Luther King Day—National Day of Service

National Association of Social Workers Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service NASW Encourages Mental Health Providers to Give an Hour to Serve Veterans NASW joins the nation in honoring the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through a national day of service. In response to the Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) conflicts, NASW ... Read More »