The giant, once-in-a-lifetime November 2020 election is less than a year away. And there are special elections peppered around the country throughout 2020. Seems like a good time to review this call to action from the NASW Code of Ethics:
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.
SWTP staff has taken this section of the Code to heart. You can find us on lots of weekends canvassing, phone/text banking, postcarding, etc. How (and in what political direction) you want to take 6.04 is up to you. But we're going to help you decide to step up with this extra little nudge: Send us evidence of your election action (canvassing, phone/text banking, postcarding, etc.)-a picture of you on the case is fine-and we'll send you a personalized coupon that will save you 50% on SWTP exams. You'll never see a steeper discount on the site.
If you're not sure how best to get involved, write us. Regardless of your politics or location, we've got suggestions.
Getting licensed is no joke. Of course you're wildly busy. Take a couple of hours out to make a little extra difference. You'll feel better and you'll save money. Win-win.
November 11, 2019