The events of the past week have left us individually grieving and publicly mourning what has become of our country. Pipe bombs mailed to two former Presidents and a dozen other citizens targeted for their political opinions, two cherished Kentucky citizens shot and killed because of their race, and a faith filled group slaughtered in their house of worship because of their religion. We live in a country torn apart by political differences provoked by fear, facts turned to “lies” in a single tweet, and every minority and vulnerable group discriminated against because of ignorance, judgment, and the greed of power. From the highest office in our country comes hateful rhetoric that is tearing people, families, and communities apart, and causing a divide that could take decades to heal. So I ask in midst of the pain and anger, what do we stand for?
Our world is not a reality television show where there are competing sides bullying their way towards the coveted prize and victory over the losing teams. As social workers, we have the skills and training to champion social justice, to empower those who don’t believe their voices matter, and to engage and educate all sides towards productive resolutions. We are a nation that knows better and deserves to be better. As social workers, we are to taught to respect and value our NASW Code of Ethics and to work in the best interests of our clients. So I ask you again, what do we stand for?
Let us be the change we need to see and vote in the best interests of our loved ones, our clients, and our future generations because we cannot continue on the path we are on. Let us honor the generations of men and women who fought and died for our right to vote when we cast our ballots. Let us begin the healing that our country so desperately needs. Silence is agreement, so do not be silent. Cast your votes and send the message that we stand for equality, diversity, compassion, inclusion, and respect. People over party. Hope over hate.
6.04 Social and Political Action
(a) Social workers should engage in social and political action that seeks to ensure that all people have equal access to the resources, employment, services, and opportunities they require to meet their basic human needs and to develop fully. Social workers should be aware of the impact of the political arena on practice and should advocate for changes in policy and legislation to improve social conditions in order to meet basic human needs and promote social justice.
(b) Social workers should act to expand choice and opportunity for all people, with special regard for vulnerable, disadvantaged, oppressed, and exploited people and groups.
(c) Social workers should promote conditions that encourage respect for cultural and social diversity within the United States and globally. Social workers should promote policies and practices that demonstrate respect for difference, support the expansion of cultural knowledge and resources, advocate for programs and institutions that demonstrate cultural competence, and promote policies that safeguard the rights of and confirm equity and social justice for all people.
(d) Social workers should act to prevent and eliminate domination of, exploitation of, and discrimination against any person, group, or class on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, religion, immigration status, or mental or physical ability.
The National Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification (NCNLI) of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)is always looking for dedicated social workers to be part of the association at both state and national levels. While a member of NASW for many years, I had never been in a leadership role until I was asked to run for the South Central Regional Representative position in Kentucky. After being successful in my election, I was honored to serve in the role as a regional representative from 2012-2015. While representing, I was able to network with social workers across the state, help to support causes important to Kentucky social workers, and to provide access to programming to keep social workers energized and passionate about their work. While giving back to the organization at the state level, I was able to finally understand the importance of being a member of our social work Association, NASW. It is our responsibility as social workers to be connected to our membership organization to make change for the lives of our client populations.
If you would like to nominate yourself to the NCNLI, please check out this link and submit your nomination as soon as possible:
My commitment to the organization encouraged me to make a leap from the state to running for a national position on the National Board of Directors. I was successful in campaigning and served in the role of Region IX NASW Representative from 2015-2018. In this role, I was honored to represent Kentucky, Iowa, and Illinois. I learned about the inner working of NASW, was able to sharpen my advocacy skills, connect with social workers around the country, assisted in writing policy briefs to support our NASW policy statements in social work speaks, and was a part of lobbying on capitol hill. These experiences have even further shaped my commitment to this important work that we do. We are the voices for the vulnerable. Being a part of our membership organization and even more so running for office gives us the backing needed to be heard and supported in making change in the lives of client systems. Please consider stepping up to a leadership role in NASW at either the state of national level. You will never regret the experience and will learn far more than you can ever imagine.
We currently have Branch Chair positions on our NASW-KY Board of Directors for 2019-2021. Our Branch Chairs are responsible for planning trainings, events, and activities in your region. We have split our South Eastern region between our Eastern and Lake Cumberland regions, so we now have 9 Branches. Please check out this link to find out more about your region:
Purchase. South Central. Jefferson. Western. Eastern. Western. Northern. Lake Cumberland. South Eastern. Northeast. Bluegrass
If you are interested in submitting your name for our ballot, please include your resume and send to: email@example.com
Amy Cappiccie, Ph.D, LCSW
1st Vice-President, NASW-KY
Please check out our above attachments and join us in Lexington on Saturday, November 10th for our “Self-Care Saturday” from 9am-3:30pm, the South Central Book Club in Bowling Green on November 15, and November 28th for Ethics for Re-Licensure in Louisville with Geoff Wilson, LCSW. These are our last events for 2018 but be prepared for a very busy and exciting 2019!
Get your 2019 calendars ready with the MOST important date for our Social Work Lobby Day 2019 in Frankfort on Thursday, March 7th. Our Rally in the Rotunda is scheduled for 1:00pm-2:00pm and we be preparing some great webinars so we promise to keep you updated! And we welcome all volunteers, ideas, and voices for our lobby day committee too!
We have some very, very exciting news to share in November AND a gift for every member to thank you for your membership. A little token of our “gratitude” will be arriving in your mail box before Thanksgiving and we hope you will wear it proudly!
ACLU of Kentucky 2019 Legislative Priorities Webinar:
Here is a link to register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/c3f166e44d7ff818c5b9141539e44ee6 – after registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Here is the link to the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1979677055448830/?notif_t=plan_user_joined¬if_id=1540323964330741
Our Legislative and Advocacy Committee and Diversity Committee are going strong and we look forward to a very productive and busy 2019. If you would like to join one of these committees, please contact Brenda at: firstname.lastname@example.org