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Social Action Update - January 2019

Friday, January 11, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Michael Francum
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This update contains an update on activities from the NASW DC Metro Chapter Social Action Committee.  The committee, co-chaired by Shauntia White and Karen Robinson, is gearing up for some exciting work in 2019.  If you are interested in joining in the Chapter’s Social Action efforts, please feel free to email or join us at our February Meeting (see below).


You’re Invited - Congressional Briefing January 24th, 2019

The National Association of Social Workers is pleased to invite you to attend a Congressional Briefing at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center on January 24th (1-2pm) hosted by the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign.  Over the past year, leading national organizations from the housing, education, health, civil rights, anti-hunger, anti-poverty, and faith-based sectors have joined together through Opportunity Starts at Home, an unprecedented multi-sector campaign to advocate for more robust and equitable federal housing policies. The National Association of Social Workers participates on the campaign’s Steering Committee because we understand that our own priorities and goals are deeply impacted by whether people have access to safe, decent, affordable housing.  Because of the deep intersections between housing and other sectors, we are encouraging those who specialize in a variety of fields to attend this briefing and learn more.


The briefing will highlight the release of the campaign’s national policy agenda, entitled “Within Reach.”  The national policy agenda outlines a broad set of long-term and short-term federal policies that the new Congress should consider enacting, such as expanding rental assistance, expanding the supply of deeply affordable housing, and providing emergency financial assistance for households experiencing unforeseen economic shocks.  The report also showcases research demonstrating that housing is a critical driver of outcomes in many other areas of life, such as health, education, economic mobility, food security, poverty reduction.


During the event, attendees will learn more about these policies and will hear from prominent senior leaders that have joined the campaign from a variety of sectors.  To learn more about the event, see the speakers and panelists, and register, please visit:


DC Statehood Capitol Hill Day – February 13th, 2019


NASW DC Metro Chapter staff and leaders will be joining DC Vote for their upcoming DC Statehood Capitol Hill Day.  Join us for our bi-annual Congressional Education Day. We'll be meeting with the new members of the House and Senate and their staff to introduce them to DC Statehood, DC Home Rule and Voting Rights for DC. This is a great opportunity for you to come talk to the decision makers about why DC Equality matters to you. There will be two shifts available from 8a-1p or 12p-5p. Join us for one or both. This is a people-powered effort! Join us!

Training and breakfast and/or lunch will be provided. You'll be teamed up with leaders of the Statehood movement who will help lead the meetings and make sure you have a successful day. If you've never done advocacy or if you are a long-time citizen lobbyist, we will make sure you are set up for success!

Your voice is key to making sure that Congress understands what it means to live here in the District as second-class citizens. We need your help in continuing to move forward on Equality for DC.


Tickets are available on Eventbrite here: 


*Although, NASW DC Metro Chapter supports the efforts of DC Statehood, we will not be coordinating groups for this event.  If you are available to join, we encourage you to choose one of the two available sessions.  NASW DC Staff and Leadership will be participating in this Hill Day.  If you would feel more comfortable connecting with a fellow NASW member, please email after registering and we can connect you. 



NEXT NASW DC Social Action Committee Meeting – February 4th, 2019


We invite you to join us at our next scheduled meeting on Monday, February 4th, 2019 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.  Our meeting will be on the 8th floor of 750 First Street (APA Building near Union Station).  Very light snacks will be provided, but please join us and help shape the legislative and advocacy efforts of the DC Social Work Community.  Please RSVP at


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