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Poverty and Politics

Yesterday, GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney explained his reasons for seeking the Presidency and said that he is running for the middle class and that he is, “not concerned about the very poor.” His excuse was that, “we have a safety net there. If it needs a repair, I’ll fix it.” He even went further when pressed that his statement ... Read More »

Violence Against Women Act up for Reauthorization

The Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA, has played a crucial role in the lives of women and families since its original passage in 1994.  We have seen both a sharp increase in the reporting of domestic violence, and significant decrease in the number of people harmed by an intimate partner.  Additionally, an increase in legal services has helped women ... Read More »

Submissions for “Social Work in the Public Eye”

Have you or someone you know been quoted in the media about your social work skills? NASW members are highlighted in each issue of the NASW News about the ways they help people overcome challenges and the important contributions they make to society. NASW News welcomes submissions for its “Social Work in the Public Eye” section. Send any news links ... Read More »

NASW Supports the End of the War in Iraq

President Obama recently announced that U.S. troops will return home from Iraq by the end of this year. After nearly nine years, the war in Iraq will end. According to the White House, “The war in Iraq came with tremendous cost. More than a million Americans served in Iraq, and nearly 4,500 gave their lives in service to the rest ... Read More »

Female Veterans and the American Jobs Act

When President Obama spoke recently about the American Jobs Act, he specifically outlined a program designed to increase hiring of veterans.  Although this proposal might not strike the reader as being specific to women, it’s important to remember how many women have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with some form of traumatic stress.  Also, in terms of health, some women ... Read More »

NASW Supports Senator & Social Worker Debbie Stabenow’s Policy Record

Last week, The National Review posted an article entitled “Would You Let a Social Worker Handle Your Investment Portfolio?” attacking Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI), and specifically the Battery Innovation Act that Senator Stabenow recently introduced.  The Battery Innovation Act encourages businesses, local government and universities to collaborate on advanced science and engineering efforts related to battery production.  It is specifically ... Read More »

Political Activism: A Civic and Ethical Responsibility

The recent anniversary of our country’s independence reminds us that as Americans we have certain duties that we owe to our country.  Most particularly, citizens have a responsibility to be involved in the political process through voting and can participate in various other forms of activism, such as campaigning, contacting Members of Congress, and joining political organizations. Social workers have ... Read More »

Oregon Passes Memorial Act in Support of Social Work Reinvestment Act

On May 31, 2011, the state of Oregon passed House Joint Memorial 13 urging Congress to support the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act (H.R. 1106/S. 584).  This measure was passed overwhelmingly with a vote of 58-2 in the House and 28-1 in the Senate.  In Oregon, a study showed that those graduating with ... Read More »

How Do Social Workers Cope with Sadness?

This month, NASW Executive Director, Betsy Clark, focused her NASW News column on “The Challenge of Sadness in Social Work.” Dr. Clark discusses the turmoil, tragedy, and unrest in the world including wars, earthquakes, and tsunamis. She notes that every significant world event is accompanied by indelible images, some of which are horrific and forever etched in our memories such ... Read More »

NASW Joins Amicus Brief on Dukes V. Walmart

On Tuesday, March 29, the Supreme Court will hear the case of Dukes v. Wal-Mart. This case, originally filed in 2001, asks the Court to consider a nationwide class-action on behalf of hundreds of thousands of female Wal-Mart employees, accusing the company of discriminating against them on pay and promotion. Employment discrimination cases are usually focused on specific individuals, rather ... Read More »