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
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
Thanks in advance for everything you're about to do!