Social Justice

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Our Social Justice Priorities

Five social justice priorities serve as guiding principles for NASW's national office and Chapters:

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Social Justice Briefs

Voter Intimidation: A Tool in the Far-Right’s 2024 Strategic Plan

As with racial gerrymandering, voter intimidation as a tool for disenfranchisement is not new. Like gerrymandering, voter intimidation can be traced directly back to the end of Reconstruction, which ushered in the Jim Crow era. The Compromise of 1877 was an off-the-record deal between southern Democrats and representatives for the Republican presidential candidate (Rutherford Hayes) to settle the disputed 1876 presidential election. The southerners threw their support behind Hayes and, in return, Hayes withdrew federal troops from South Carolina and Louisiana—effectively ending Reconstruction in those states and the rest of the South. The end of Reconstruction immediately resulted in southern legislatures passing a series of laws requiring the separation of whites from “persons of color,” soon known as the “Jim Crow laws.”

The Ominous Cloud of Gerrymandering Hovering Over the 2024 Election

The political turmoil that has engulfed the country in recent days is unsettling, frightening, and to many, unlike anything experienced in modern times. The closest parallel is perhaps the political atmosphere that existed in the decade leading up to the Civil War. Like the national divide in pre–Civil War America, the tensions today are not simply philosophical differences. We are seeing a deeply felt battle over America’s, existence and the outcome could lead to the end of democracy as we know it.

Reimagining Policing: Strategies for Community Reinvestment

Policing in America has a long history of preserving the violent legacy of slavery and upholding white supremacy. The tragic and unjust murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Aubrey, Tony McDade, Eric Garner, and so many other Black and Brown Americans by police officers has led our nation to reexamine the systems that we look to for safety and justice.

Implications of Coronavirus (COVID-19) for America’s Vulnerable and Marginalized Populations

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is exponentially increased among those on the margins of our society. Therefore, it is critical that these families and individuals included in federal and state governments’ efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19, and that they are protected from related social and civic disruptions that will occur as the virus spreads.

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Undoing Racism Through Social Work, Vol. 2

NASW Report to the Profession on Racial Justice Priorities and Action

NASW convened racial justice scholars and activists to build a collaborative vision for anti-racist social work. Learn about priorities for social work education, training, practice, workforce, research and policy in this report.

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NASW Members who attended NASW's 2023 Advocacy Day

NASW Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

Nearly 100 social workers from 44 states and two U.S. territories attended 143 meetings with Congressional offices in the U.S. House and Senate on June 28, 2023

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Racial Equity

Learn how NASW and our members are addressing the racism pandemic.

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Social Work Blog

Read articles about social justice issues related to social work.

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