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Voting Is Social Work: Empowerment and the National Social Work Voter Mobilization Campaign
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Fall 2018 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER.
Read the complete article at:
by Terry Mizrahi, Ph.D., and Mimi Abramovitz, DSW
(Editor's Note: The New Social Worker is pleased to
endorse the National Social Worker Voter Mobilization Campaign, also
known as #VotingIsSocialWork.)
Voting is the hallmark of a democracy. Yet, the voting gap
deepened during the last 30 years as court decisions, voter suppression
laws, and gerrymandering intentionally eroded the hard-won franchise,
especially among marginalized Black Americans. Alexander Keyssar (2009)
documents this in the book The Right to Vote. The social work profession is fighting back.
Voting Is Social Work
Social workers have always understood the importance of voting to
political action, community power, and social change. Since its
founding in 1955, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has
promoted open access to the ballot box. (See “Voting Rights and Voter
Participation” in the NASW publication Social Work Speaks and the
related article in the Encyclopedia of Social Work online, 2013).
In 1983, Richard Cloward, a prominent social worker, and Frances
Fox Piven launched The Human SERVE campaign to increase voter
registration among clients at public and nonprofit agencies. In 1993,
their efforts, supported by many allies, paid off with the National
Voter Registration Act (NVRA), better known as the “Motor Voter Act.”
Under this law, states now permit people to register to vote when they
get or renew drivers’ licenses or when they apply for food stamps and
other government benefits. Access to information at these new venues
vastly expanded voter registration.
Social workers participate in political activities in higher
numbers (Rome & Hoechstatter, 2010) and vote at higher rates than
other professions (Halvor, 2016). We do so for many reasons. It is in
our professional DNA; our professional organizations endorse voter
registration, and data show that voter engagement advances individual
well-being, civic participation, and social justice (Martin &
Claibourn, 2013). We also do it because we can. Our field work
departments and social agencies have access to millions of highly
under-represented clients, constituencies, and communities, including
those most likely to be targeted by voter suppression and gerrymandering
From the Field: Surprise and Concern in 2016
Did social work agencies engage clients in the 2016 presidential
election? Not very many! MSW students in one urban social work school
assessed the voter education activities at 65 different agencies. While
22% of the agencies were engaged in proactive and creative activities,
62% did little or nothing to promote client engagement.
Why Some Agencies Were Not Engaged
The non-engaged agencies claimed that 1) undocumented, formerly
incarcerated, and/or homeless clients could not vote, 2) clients only
sought services that helped them get better, 3) agencies lacked the
resources needed to prioritize voting, and occasionally 4) that it
wasn’t professional and legal. One student placed in a non-engaged
school setting observed: “We were often told that the students were too
young to vote. This might be true, but it’s not too early to teach
children about the election and voting registration process. These voter
activities can also be used by the school to involve parents to vote
and participate in other empowering ways.” Rocha, Poe, and Thomas (2010)
report on some of the perceived barriers to political participation.
The Practice Wisdom of Engaged Agencies
In contrast, the engaged agencies provided important practice
lessons. A youth-serving agency provided clients with voter registration
information, registered qualified participants, and regularly discussed
the upcoming election with them. Another program defined and educated
underage youth participants as future voters and helped older youth to
register to vote. A residential treatment center organized workshops for
clients where they discussed the electoral process, emphasized the
importance of voting, and distributed registration forms and local
polling place addresses. Another agency organized a community forum:
“Why Should I Vote When I Don’t Like the Candidates?” A high school for
older students created a step-by-step voting guide, provided the social
work interns access to classrooms to ask students if they were
registered, helped students fill out forms, and discussed campaign
issues following the televised debates. At a community-based agency in a
school that served as an election-day polling place, students engaged
voters waiting in line by providing snacks along with voter education.
This youth agency also gained considerable visibility and support for
this creative effort.
Read the rest of this article at:
Here are articles from the Fall 2018 issue:
Student Role Model - Gabriela Solis (in PDF format only)
Social workers often focus on successful outcomes. But has this
emphasis diminished the role of process in social work practice? Can we
resist the urge to "fix" and instead "sit with"?
What? Another group project? Social workers and social work students often work in groups. Learn to embrace the process.
Social workers use varying terms related to culture and social
diversity - cultural competence, cultural awareness, cultural
sensitivity, cultural humility, and cultural responsiveness. What do
they mean? What’s the difference?
Your professors said you would be working at three levels of social
work - micro, mezzo, and macro. But your job seems to be all micro. Are
you doing something wrong?
You made it through the job interview for the social work job you
want. Now what? Do not neglect to follow up. Write a thank-you letter,
connect on LinkedIn, and prepare for the next interview. The search
isn't over until you start your new job.
You are excited about your new position as a social work manager
and have many ideas about what can be done differently. You can’t wait
to start, but it may be beneficial to take some time to consider several
Collegiate Recovery Programs (CRPs) provide a supportive
environment within the college campus culture for students in recovery.
The person-in-environment approach is one that is in sync with social
A series of #MacroSW Twitter chats has focused on social action in
social work, including: vision, community assessment, action planning,
and community organizing.
Is automation a threat to social work practice in the field? Or is it a tool?
AmeriCorps is similar to the Peace Corps, but volunteers stay in
the U.S. Volunteering for the program can offer benefits to aspiring
The New Social Worker is an endorser of the National Social
Worker Voter Mobilization Campaign. Terry Mizrahi and Mimi Abramovitz
write about the campaign's background and ways social workers can get
involved in getting out the vote in 2018.
As a social worker, what can you do to prevent youth suicide? The
good news is that there are several psychotherapies that have been shown
to reduce suicidal thoughts and behaviors in youth. Expert Jonathan
Singer provides 5 tips for social workers.
Book review of The Hidden Among the Hidden: African-American Elder Male Caregivers
Book review of Explorations in Diversity, Examining the Complexities of Privilege, Discrimination, and Oppression
Book Review: After the Cradle Falls: What Child Abuse Is, How We Respond To It, And What You Can Do About It
Book review of Narratives on Positive Aging: Recipes for Success.
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The Call for Proposals is open for the 30th Annual Management Conference, to be held May 29-June 1, 2019, in Chicago, IL, at Loyola University Chicago. Proposals are due January 20, 2019.
This year’s theme, “Accelerating Impact: Harnessing the power of human, social, and financial innovation,” focuses on leveraging innovation across multiple areas to increase the impact of services for underserved populations.
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