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Combating Racism Starts With Us

Friday, August 18, 2017  
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Dear NASW-MA Chapter member,


Can we cure racism in our nation and our Commonwealth? I believe the answer lies with us. Barack Obama said before he left office that the three most important words in our constitution are the first three: We the People. Social work's history is rich with examples of advocacy for justice, tolerance, and an end to cruelty and oppression. Indeed, social workers have always been leaders in the fight for civil rights, a single payer health care system, and equal and equitable access to education and housing. We know our victories happen at the local and state level, and it is these victories that can set the precedent for the rest of the nation.


Now is the time for us to organize and advocate, and ensure our Commonwealth exemplifies through policy the values we hold dear as a profession and as a nation.
Into the fall and in the year ahead we are looking to work together to set the stage for the rest of the nation and the world to show that we can make positive change and we can fight intolerance - and win. If you want to get involved with any of our campaigns or committees please be in touch with us. You can contact me at
This weekend there will be a counter-protest and resistance rally on the Boston Common. Many social workers will certainly attend. Please let us know if you'd like to carry the NASW banner.
In peace and solidarity,


Rebekah and the team at NASW-MA Chapter


P.S. You can read National NASW's full statement on Charlottesville here

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