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

National Eviction Crisis in the Era of the Coronavirus Pandemic

The economic shock caused by the coronavirus pandemic has impacted millions of renters, whose housing instability has been worsened by unemployment. Unemployment rates are highest among Black and Latinx workers. More resources are needed, and we need to enact policies focused on long-term
solutions, including an emergency assistance fund.

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.

Addressing COVID-19 and Correctional Facilities: A Social Work Imperative

COVID-19 has quickly spread in many of the nation’s jails and prisons. Policymakers, correctional staff, and public health service providers can play an important role in responding to the prevention and urgent service needs of people impacted by incarceration who are particularly vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19.

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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