Chapter Activities for Racial Justice

Around the country, NASW chapters are organizing for racial justice.

NASW Kentucky Chapter on Grand Jury Decision on Breonna Taylor Murder

Sep 24, 2020

NASW-KY is deeply disappointed by a grand jury decision to bring no charges against three police officers in the death of Breonna Taylor. Instead, one officer was charged with wanton endangerment for shooting into a home next to Ms. Taylor's residence.

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White Supremacy Culture at Work: Teaching Social Workers to Recognize and Disrupt

NASW Ohio Chapter

Sep 11, 2020

Based on the work of Tema Okun and others, this workshop will introduce social workers to the ways that white supremacy culture is embedded in our workplaces. Social workers must be able to recognize the ways that professional practices are modeled off of the norms of dominant white culture. We can then begin to challenge these institutionalized norms with alternative models that promote greater equity for people of all cultures and backgrounds.

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Racial Justice Forum

NASW New York State Chapter

Sep 03, 2020

We know broader systemic change within the profession is not possible unless individual social workers, and we as a collective profession, do the work to confront, examine, and unlearn the racism we perpetuate. The Racial Justice Forum aims to provide a deeper understanding of social justice issues for participating social workers as well as knowledge about the clients we work with through open discussion in a safe forum. The Racial Justice Forum was created to promote change within ourselves and our communities, with the ultimate goal of making inclusiveness a habit practiced by the profession as a whole.

Register in advance.

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2020 March on Washington

NASW Ohio Chapter

Aug 28, 2020

NASW Ohio is proud to support the efforts of a small group of organizers who are working to get a group of Ohioans to the 2020 March on Washington. The 2020 march will be August 28 and will recall the goals of the 1963 march including policing and justice demands. The group is organizing five buses and ninety hotel rooms to bring a total of 280 people to the march from Columbus while following COVID-19 precautions.

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Anti-Racism Action Work Group

NASW New York State Chapter

Aug 24, 2020

Register in advance for this event, part of NASW-NYS chapter's Anti-Racism Action Work-group Series.

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Summer Book Club Series: "I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness"

NASW New Jersey Chapter

Aug 20, 2020

Join NASW's New Jersey Chapter for a guided discussion on Austin Channing Brown's 2018 memoir "I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness."

Register now and read/listen to the book in advance of the meeting.

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Social Workers for Racial Justice Book Club: White Rage

NASW Massachusetts Chapter

Aug 20, 2020

Join NASW-MA for a discussion of the book "White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide," by Carol Anderson. The discussion will be facilitated by Gary Bailey, Assistant Dean for Community Engagement and Social Justice and Professor of Practice at Simmons University School of Social Work.

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Moving Toward Antiracism: Developing Actions for Social Work Academic Institutions

NASW Massachusetts Chapter

Aug 18, 2020

This event is designed to move social work schools along in their journeys to become antiracist institutions where racial justice is embedded across all activities, including hiring, student retention, classrooms, and field placements. It includes a keynote, a panel discussion featuring decision makers at schools of social work, and workshops.

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Town Hall I: Acknowledge Historical Racism and Current Racism in the Profession of Social Work

NASW New York State Chapter

Aug 04, 2020

Before we begin setting goals to create an equitable profession, we must acknowledge historical and current racism in social work practice. This Town Hall will focus on our history and the voices of current social workers in the field.  Please join us for this important work.

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White People, What the #$@&%*!" Are You Doing About Racism?

NASW Maryland Chapter

Aug 04, 2020

Social Workers Unraveling Racism (SWUR) invites you to join the second installment of the Community Conversations series.

SWUR is a committee of the Maryland Chapter of NASW founded in 2015 in response to Freddie Gray's death and the subsequent Baltimore Uprising. We are social workers in Maryland devoted to racial justice. We are committed to the examination and education about how racism impacts ourselves, our profession, our clients, and society. Our goal is to use these learnings to enact change in our communities and to eliminate racism in our world.

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Protest in North Carolina (Photo from NASW-NC member Chris Budnick)


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 June 2020 Protest in Fairbanks, AK (Photo by NASW-AK member Leigh Bolin)


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NASW is committed to ending racism through public education, social justice advocacy and professional training. We need your help to do this work.