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TAKE ACTION with us at the State House!

Monday, May 15, 2017  
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Here's what's happening:
 
Several NASW-MA priority bills are being "heard" by legislative committees on Monday and Tuesday. What makes the most impact? Your stories and experiences as social workers.
 
As we struggle with the news from Washington, the biggest impact we can have is to advocate for justice and compassion here in Massachusetts.
 
We'd love to work with you to craft testimony, have you join us at the State House, and lobby legislators for bills that will make a difference to social workers and the people we serve.
 
Read below and be sure to contact us to learn more, to get involved, and to get support so you can be an effective activist - you're not in this alone. NASW-MA is your activist arm!
  • Monday, May 15th - Judiciary Committee Hearing starts at 1pm, but best time to attend is 3-5pm. Bill to Protect Rape Survivors Rights which would give women the right to end custody and visitation for the father when a child is conceived through rape.

Here's what you can do:
  •  Call/email NASW-MA to let us know you'd like to get involved: 617-227-9635 or chapter@naswma.org  
  • Think about your social work practice (current or previous) and see if any of your experiences involve a problem that would be resolved with one of the above bills.
  • We need your stories. Legislators listen when they hear examples. Ask your colleagues and friends to think about their practice also.
  • Take a few hours to come to the State House for the hearing on the issue that matters most to you.
  • Talk to us! We'll help you draft testimony or write up your story to submit to the committee.
  • Our Goal? To get as many social workers involved as possible. That's what influences legislators and makes them support and pass bills. That's how we change Massachusetts.

 

Get Involved in NASW-MA Social Justice Issues

Join an NASW-MA Political Action Group
Click on a committee to email & get involved! 

No experience or knowledge needed, just interest ... newcomers always welcome!

 -  PACE - Political Action for Candidate Election
 -  Criminal Justice Committee
 -  Addiction & Mental Health SIG (Shared Interest Group)
 -  Other SIGS and Committees - email chapter@naswma.org


Check out NASW-MA priority bills and issues for the 2017-18 legislative session. 
What catches your eye? What are you passionate about? 

NASW Massachusetts Chapter
617.227.9635 x12
 

Build our power as social workers. 
 Elevate our profession.
 
 


National Association of Social Workers - Massachusetts Chapter
14 Beacon Street, Suite 409, Boston MA 02108
tel: (617)227-9635 fax: (617)227-9877 email: chapter.naswma@socialworkers.org
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