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Tag Archives: obama

NASW Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Nomination

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) urges President Obama to submit a nominee to fill the vacant seat of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. President Obama has said he intends to nominate Scalia’s successor. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has ruled out the possibility of scheduling a confirmation hearing until after the presidential election ... Read More »

NASW Pleased Obama Pledges to Focus on Social Justice, Economic Equity in Final State of the Union Address

President Obama made his final State of the Union Address  on January 12. Given the historic nature of his presidency, this was a much anticipated speech. For many, the end of the presidency of America’s first black president is met with both a sense of reflection about the last  seven years and anticipation about his priorities for the remaining 12 ... Read More »

NASW supports the Obama Administration call to ban the use of conversion therapy for youth

The National Association of Social Works (NASW) applauds the Obama Administration for clearly stating “this Administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors.” NASW reaffirms its stance against reparative therapy and other sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) designed to change sexual orientation or to refer clients to practi­tioners or programs that claim to do so. NASW ... Read More »

President Obama’s Immigration Action Step in the Right Direction

The National Association of Social Workers applauds President Obama’s decision to issue an executive action that will likely lead to as many as five million previously undocumented immigrants to be able to remain in the United States. This action was very meaningful to immigrant families with children who were born in the United States (and are therefore U.S. citizens) and to ... Read More »

Fight for Minimum Wage Increase Not Over

Social workers and other members of the social justice community are disappointed the Senate on Wednesday failed to pass the Fair Minimum Wage Act (S.460). Fortunately, the Obama Administration will continue to press for the passage of the bill. In turn, they are asking Americans in favor of the Fair Minimum Wage Act to press members of Congress to pass ... Read More »

Today is Equal Pay Day

This day, April 8, 2014, symbolizes how far into 2014 women have to work to catch up with what men were paid in 2013. Still 50 years after the Equal Pay Act, women who are employed full time, are paid only 77 cents for every dollar paid to men. However, the wage gap for women of color (African American and ... Read More »

2015 Budget Impact on Economic and Social Justice Programs

Part 2 of NASW’s analysis of President Obama’s FY 2015 Budget addresses Department of Justice (DOJ) provisions.  Several programs and services that align with key NASW public policies receive renewed attention and increased funding. Department of Justice Criminal Justice President Obama’s FY 2015 Budget proposal for the Department of Justice calls for $173 million in targeted investments for criminal justice reform ... Read More »

2015 Budget Impact on Economic and Social Justice Programs

President Obama’s 2015 budget created equal measures of excitement and dismay in Congress last week, but NASW was pleased to see that social and economic justice and potential opportunities for the social work profession factored prominently into many areas of the proposal. In the President’s budget, several programs and services created to support vulnerable families receive renewed attention and increased ... Read More »

NASW social justice brief discusses Obama nominees

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW has issued a social justice brief regarding President Obama’s nominations to the D.C. Circuit Court in June. Mel Wilson, manager of the NASW Department of Social Justice and Human Rights, authored the brief, titled “President Obama Nominates Three to the D.C. Circuit Court: Why Should Social Workers Care?” Wilson points out that Obama’s ... Read More »