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NASW Mississippi Chapter supports removing Confederate symbol from state flag

News reports say there could be enough votes in the Mississippi legislation to remove the Confederate symbol from the state flag.

By Gwen Bouie-Haynes, PhD, LMSW Executive Director, NASW-MS Chapter and the Board of Directors-National Association of Social Workers-MS Chapter The National Association of Social Workers-MS Chapter (NASW-MS) strongly supports changing the state flag of Mississippi to move forward in the best interest of all Mississippians. Recent discussions surrounding systemic & structural racism, racially insensitive symbols, and figures in our society have ... Read More »

Learn about NASW’s role in historic SCOTUS decision to protect LGBTQ employees

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By Elizabeth Felton, Esq., LICSW Associate Counsel at the National Association of Social Workers This week the U.S. Supreme Court made an historic decision that federal anti-discrimination laws protect gay and transgender workers. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) wholeheartedly supported this decision and was involved in the case. Here is how: In July 2019, NASW and several other ... Read More »

Checking Our Biases and Moving Social Work Forward

I am writing to you during one of most difficult times I remember in this country of ours. We are the observers of a President who acts at times like a fascist dictator, not like a caring leader. He has fueled the flames of racism. As Americans, we can respect the office of the Presidency while being critical the man ... Read More »

NASW Kansas Chapter statement on standing up to racism

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Dear Friends/Colleague: Our hearts are heavy. Anger makes sense! Sadness makes sense! As our country mourns the death of George Floyd and offer prayers for his family. Those who knew George Floyd best say that he was a kind and gentle person. Many Black families are saying they are not only mourning the death of George Floyd, but watching in ... Read More »

NASW New Mexico Chapter Statement on Standing Up Against Racism

“…little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”, Martin Luther King Jr. Greetings NASW New Mexico members members. I have spent a long time thinking about what type of statement I should write as the NASW-NM Chapter Executive Director. As ... Read More »

NASW Kentucky Chapter statement on recent protests to end racial injustice

    “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Dr. Martin Luther King   Peaceful protest, civil disobedience and the right to peaceful assembly are Constitutional rights that must be protected, without fear of retaliation, injury or death. Ongoing statements from those elected officials condemning protests and inciting violent action ... Read More »

NASW Kentucky Chapter Decries Protest Where Governor Hung in Effigy

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Protestors gathered on the State Capitol Grounds in Louisville, KY on May 24 to protest restrictions to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). An effigy of Gov. Andy Beshear was hung (at least one of those who participated in this heinous action was fired from his job). Here is a response from the NASW Kentucky Chapter. 100,000 people have ... Read More »