Advocacy

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 »

NASW Health Care Reform Roundup- January 13, 2010

NASW Remains Active on Health Care Reform Congress is working now to reconcile differences on health care reform legislation. Negotiating room is limited by the very close 60 vote margin in the Senate for initial passage. Democratic leaders must find compromises on divisive issues such as abortion coverage, taxes and fees to pay for expanded coverage, inclusion of a government-run ... Read More »

Secretary Clinton to Give Speech on Global Reproductive Health Friday: Tune in and Take Action

Jan 8, 4pm - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton just completed a major speech commemorating the 15th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in support of women's rights to reproductive health and family planning. Secretary Clinton highlighted the importance of ensuring women's access to reproductive health and family planning services and helping women and girls lead healthy, productive and fulfilling lives. She also emphasized that we must advocate for equity on behalf of women and girls and that they should, and will, be a central part of the United States foreign policy. View the speech at www.icpd2015.org Read More »

Social Work Month 2010: Social Workers Inspire Community Action

Celebrate Social Work Month – March 2010 The 2010 Social Work Month theme is “Social Workers Inspire Community Action” Since its inception, the social work profession has worked to improve life for millions every day. Social workers operate from values that recognize each person as relevant to society and believe that, when needed, society should help each person achieve his ... Read More »

HIV/AIDS Travel Ban Lifted in US

January 4, 2010, marked a critical moment: the official end of the HIV/AIDS related entry, stay and residence restrictions (aka, the “travel ban”) in place since 1987. NASW Social Work Speaks policy statements clearly support the removal of the ban, and views this and related restrictions as discriminatory and limiting a client’s right to care and treatment. Social workers and ... Read More »

NASW Health Care Reform Roundup – December 23, 2009

In an effort to keep you informed of the work NASW is doing on health care reform, we will periodically send out a roundup of activities. NASW offices are closed December 24 – January 1. While we will be monitoring the developments of health care reform, the next Health Care Reform Roundup will be distributed the week of January 4. ... Read More »

NASW Advocacy: News from the Hill – December 2009

Employment Non-Discrimination Act NASW continues to work diligently on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (H.R.3017/S.1584).  With 194 sponsors in the House of Representatives and 44 in the Senate, E.N.D.A. has begun to attract enormous attention.  The Employment Non-Discrimination Act is dedicated to the principle that every worker should be judged solely on his or her merits.  Further, hardworking Americans should not ... Read More »

NASW Health Care Reform Roundup – December 16, 2009

Senate Continues Consideration of Health Care Reform The Senate is currently debating health care reform legislation. Numerous amendments are pending and each will require 60 votes for passage, a high threshold for inclusion. NASW has mobilized its members on reproductive rights, coverage for routine patient care costs associated with clinical trials participation, and we anticipate further mobilization on other issues ... Read More »

How does NASW decide policy and legislative positions?

NASW has an exhaustive process to determine our public policy statements. The policy statements are compiled in Social Work Speaks, a comprehensive collection of policies adopted and revised by NASW’s key policy-making body, the Delegate Assembly. The Delegate Assembly, an elected body of 277 professional social workers representing NASW’s diverse membership, meets at regular intervals (every three years since 1981) ... Read More »

Urge Senate "Aye" Vote on Health Care Reform

Take Action Today – Click here! Action Requested Please contact your Senator today and urge them to support passage of health care reform legislation. Tell them passage of this legislation (H.R. 3590) is vital to rebuilding the nation’s health and economic security and you urge an “aye” vote on the floor. NASW members that are constituents of the following Senators ... Read More »