Sometimes there’s an event that pierces our hearts and we are reminded of or awakened to the injustice in our society. The murders of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd are just those events. People in communities across the country take to the streets to express their outrage and cry out for justice.
We as social workers know that there is significant work needs to be done to make meaningful and lasting change. Those in power can slow or block that change. By being a part of these nationwide protests, we can harness and channel the energy and power to work on collective and collaborative solutions. We start by refusing to be distracted or derailed. The difference between a riot and a revolution is a riot doesn’t change much afterwards, a revolution does. We social workers don’t rationalize or justify the violence and looting but look beyond to the underlying inequities of racism, poverty and disempowerment. By working together, respecting, listening and hearing what people are saying.
A Social Work Conversation on Racial Injustice, Black Death and Need for Far Reaching Societal Reform
Saturday, June 6th at 11am – 12:30pm
Facilitated by Janlee Wong, MSW, Executive Director, NASW-CA
We need to do this… no we are compelled and obligated to do this. Join us for this conversation to share how we feel and what we can do individually and together.
Register by clicking on this link: https://www.naswca.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1386693&group=
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