Tag Archives: Advocacy

NASW Meets with Vice President Biden’s Task Force

NASW CEO Betsy Clark, and other mental health and disability rights advocates, met at the White House on Wednesday to provide input for Vice President Biden’s Task Force on Gun Control and Violence. The meeting was led by Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius, and included Attorney General Eric Holder, Pam Hyde from the Substance ... Read More »

NASW Congratulates Senator Barbara Mikulski on Top Appropriations Seat

Senator and Social Worker Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) has been named Chair of the Committee on Appropriations. She follows after Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI) who died in December. Senator Mikulski will be the first woman to hold this powerful position, which reflects the growing representation of women on Capitol Hill. The Senate Committee on Appropriations is a standing committee which ... Read More »

Ask your Senator to Vote for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities with No Amendments

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was drafted and adopted by the United Nations in 2006 to assist with the attainment of human rights and equality worldwide. Using the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as a guide, the CRPD provides a foundation for countries to enact and enforce legislation that recognized the rights of all people ... Read More »

NASW Continues Support of Farley-Kluger Initiative

OVER 40,000 GRIEVING PARENTS AND SIXTEEN NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS URGE CONGRESSIONAL SUPPORT OF THE FARLEY-KLUGER INITIATIVE TO AMEND THE FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE ACT TO INCLUDE TIME TO GRIEVE FOR LOSS OF A CHILD Scottsdale, AZ/Chicago, IL, November 13- Kelly Farley, Founder of the Grieving Dads Project (www.GrievingDads.com) and Barry Kluger, author of “A Life Undone: a Father’s Journey Through Loss Continues,” ... Read More »

Know Your Voting Rights

NASW has been vocal on the issue of voting rights. We encourage social workers to understand their own rights and those of their clients. Voter suppression efforts across the country have resulted in intimidation and confusion about who can vote and what identification they need to bring with them on Tuesday, November 6. Further, individuals in the states affected by ... Read More »

Help Establish the National Women’s History Museum

The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) has created a petition asking Congress to allow them to build on the National Mall. Established in 1996, NWHM has not been able to establish a permanent physical site— to some extent due to Congressional inaction. NWHM has been petitioning for the right to build on the Mall since 2003, and with only one ... Read More »

NASW Supports Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilites

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has joined with the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) in sending a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell asking for their support of the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is an international ... Read More »

The Countdown Is On: Help People Switch Now to Electronic Federal Benefit Payments

The Countdown Is On: Help People Switch Now to Electronic Federal Benefit Payments   Source: U.S. Department of the Treasury, Financial Management Service Everyone who receives Social Security or Supplemental Security Income or other federal benefit payments by paper check is required by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to switch to an electronic payment option by March 1, 2013. This move ... Read More »

Social Security’s 77th Anniversary

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Just in time for Social Security’s 77th anniversary, the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) released an animated, four-minute video that explains the basics about Social Security, including its purpose, who pays for it, who gets it, and what it means to seniors, working families, and children now and in the future.  “This video is a valuable tool ... Read More »