Ethnicity & Race Policy and News

NASW condemns deadly racist shooting in Buffalo, NY

NASW news release

May 16, 2022

The memories of those murdered in Buffalo reaffirm our efforts to change policies that allow such tragedies to occur. We must work to eradicate the violent radicalization and systemic racism that continue to destroy so many lives.


NASW congratulates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson her historic appointment, confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court

NASW news release

Apr 07, 2022

Judge Brown Jackson will be the first Black woman to serve on the highest court and has demonstrated a fair-minded approach to justice.


MORE Act: Comprehensive Marijuana Reform Legislation

Apr 01, 2022

The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act aims to correct the historical injustices of failed drug policies, which have disproportionately impacted communities of color and low-income communities.


NASW Anti-Racism Statement

Jan 30, 2022

NASW adheres to its commitment of being an anti-racist organization. Anti-racism is defined as uplifting the innate humanity and individuality of Black, Latin A/O/X, Indigenous, Asian and Pacific Islander, and other People of Color; demonstrating best practices in diversity, equity and inclusion; and taking conscious and deliberate actions to ensure equal opportunities for all people and communities. Anti-racism requires active resistance to and dismantling of the system of racism to obtain racial equity.


The War on Drugs: 50 Years of Learning from Prohibition Policy, Criminalization and Stigmatization

Social Work Advocates Magazine

Dec 15, 2021

Social workers are involved in systems that perpetuate the harms of the drug war — including criminal justice, child protective services, and one-size-fits-all treatment policy. In developing a historical analysis, examining our values, challenging oppression, and building community, social workers can make an impact.


Social Workers Can Help Combat Antisemitism by Educating Themselves First

Social Work Advocates Magazine

Dec 15, 2021

The NASW Specialty Practice Sections webinar Antisemitism and the Modern Social Worker is available on demand at the Social Work Online CE Institute.


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