Could the November 3rd election be any more important? It's hard to imagine what it would take to raise the stakes any higher. 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.
Here at SWTP, we're making every effort to act on what section 6.04 is suggesting. While some effective election action is off the table during the pandemic, there's still lots to do: phonebanking, textbanking, fundraising, postcard and letter writing. What you do (and for whom you do it) is a personal choice. But we're here to nudge you to ladder up in 2020 to increased dedication to this vital part of social work practice.
Send us a picture, or some other evidence, that shows you've stepped up your election action and we'll send you a coupon worth 50% off SWTP exams. There's no bigger coupon for SWTP exams out there.
Not sure where to start or what to do? Write us, we'll try to help you out. Or just pick a candidate, go to their website, and click VOLUNTEER. With the election fast approaching, volunteer programs are up and running and always looking for additional help.
You may find that increasing your political engagement helps relieve stress, even as you're dedicating more time to doing stuff. Social workers are busy people. Busy people get stuff done.
Thanks in advance for everything you're about to do!