Tag Archives: social justice

The National Association of Social Workers Commends the Department of Justice on the Smart on Crime Initiative

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) commends Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice (DOJ) on the August 12, 2013 announcement of the Smart on Crime initiative.  Among other things, the initiative proposes to end mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders and prioritize more appropriate alternative sentencing, such as drug rehabilitation programs. The Smart on Crime ... Read More »

NASW Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of President Kennedy’s Mental Health Message

Today, NASW celebrates the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s special message to Congress regarding the state of mental health in the United States.  President Kennedy’s remarks brought the issue of stigma, and access to care, to the forefront of his domestic agenda.  As a result of this initiative, the Community Mental Health Centers Act was signed into law, ... Read More »

Human Rights and the Judiciary

The elections are over, and it’s time to examine how these results will affect the judiciary branch of government: U.S. Supreme Court The lower courts (such as the Appeals Courts) Special Courts (such as U.S. Tax Courts) Court Support Organizations (such as the U.S. Sentencing Commission) Including the nine Supreme Court Justices, there are 874 judgeships in the judiciary branch—all ... Read More »

June is PRIDE Month

June is PRIDE Month.   On June 1, 2012, President Obama issued a Proclamation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, accompanied by a video message of support. The National Association of Social Workers is committed to advancing policies and practices that will improve the status and wellbeing of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.      NASW has long held ... Read More »

Women and the Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers

The minimum wage is typically regarded as gender neutral, but there’s another aspect to this issue: workers whose tips are part of their overall compensation.  From that point of view, women are doing considerably worse than men. The federal minimum wage for tipped restaurant workers is $2.13, the same as in 1992.  Granted, restaurants are supposed to fill in the ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

Global Hunger Challenge

This is a chance for our community to come together and in a small way show our commitment to those whom we work to help every day. In an expression of solidarity with people throughout the world who struggle with food insecurity, the InterAction staff challenges you to join us in the Global Hunger Challenge and live on a food ... Read More »

University of Pittsburgh Conference: Race in America

Race in America June 6, 2010 Keynote speaker: Julian Bond, social activist; leader in the American Civil Rights Movement; politician; professor; and writer The University of Pittsburgh has set the stage for a solution-focused dialogue on race. Pitt’s School of Social Work and the school’s Center on Race and Social Problems will host Race in America: Restructuring Inequality, a national ... Read More »