Ethnicity & Race Policy and News

NASW Seeks to Dismantle Racist Policing

NASW News Release

Jul 14, 2020

“Racism is real and must be eliminated. Police brutality is real and must be eliminated. Oppressive policing is real and must be eliminated. NASW stands against racism, police brutality and oppressive policing,” said Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW, Chief Executive Officer of NASW.


Facing Racism, Moving Forward

NASW Social Work Talks podcast

Jul 14, 2020

Chad Dion Lassiter, MSW, is Executive Director at the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC), and president of the Black Men at Penn School of Social Work, Inc. at the University of Pennsylvania. 

In this episode, we speak with him about America's racism pandemic, and how the social work profession can best move forward through it.


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

NASW Social Justice Brief

Jul 09, 2020

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, directly and indirectly, to the effects of coronavirus of COVID-19.


The COVID Racial Data Tracker

The Atlantic

Jul 01, 2020

Data shows that COVID-19 is affecting Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other people of color the most.

The Atlantic's COVID Racial Data Tracker is a collaboration between the COVID Tracking Project and the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research.


Where We Stand on Racism

Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW

Jun 08, 2020

NASW is committed to social justice for all and to ending racism. In this video, NASW CEO Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW, speaks about how NASW national and chapter staff are mobilized and increasing our efforts in the face of America's racism pandemic.


Social Workers Cannot Be Silent: Statement and Call to Action Against Racism & Race-Based Violence

NASW North Carolina Chapter

Jun 01, 2020

Racism is America's defining social problem. By not acknowledging and addressing this, social workers are ignoring their ethical obligation. We cannot sit idly by as acts of racism, hatred, violence, and murder are repeatedly targeted toward black and brown people. Silence is not an option, and expressions of outrage and dismay are not enough.


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