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Charlotte, the Social Work Response

Friday, September 23, 2016   (2 Comments)
Posted by: Valerie Arendt
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The recent police involved shooting of Mr. Keith Lamont Scott has reignited the feelings of despair and marginalization that members of our community hold, and the resolve needed to sustain hope in a time of deep despair is significantly challenged.
 
Although the City of Charlotte has experienced both violent and peaceful protests, each method reflects shared pain, frustration, and a sense of urgency to be heard and to see real change. This call to action is shared among ethnically and socioeconomically diverse populations. We are all in this together. And as social workers, it is critical that we remember our collective organizing value of social justice.
 
Social justice is not an issue that we address in intermittent moments of cultural competence trainings. Social justice is an integral element of social work practice that constantly shapes and frames our work with individuals, families, organizations, and communities. Therefore, all who value social justice as a humanistic right for each citizen of North Carolina (and beyond) hold a stake in addressing the issues that place our community at-risk of an ongoing crisis. We are all impacted, either directly or indirectly, and must view this as a social, systemic problem.
 
Our condolences are with Mr. Scott's family. We cannot express our sorrow deeply enough. In moments of impending crises, social workers organize, mobilize, and activate the services needed to support the health and well-being of all. We would also like to offer a safe space for all who would like to be heard, and get actively involved in developing real change.
 
While we are currently in the process of organizing a community forum in Charlotte, ultimately, we would like to develop a similar platform across the state. The recent incident in Charlotte is not exclusive to this beautiful, resilient community. Each community in North Carolina sits in solidarity with Charlotte. We are with you, and the NASW-NC Chapter wants to lead the movement in actualizing social justice for all who call North Carolina home.

If you are interested in starting a social work dialogue/response/action in your area of North Carolina, please fill out this form. Please feel free to share your experiences, ideas, concerns and if and how you would like to participate. Your input and voice matter.

Thank you for being a part of such an amazing profession.

NASW North Carolina 

Comments...

Reia Chapman says...
Posted Thursday, September 29, 2016
Glad to be instrumental in organizing and see NASW taking action. When this happened I organized over 80 mental health professionals in Charlotte, mostly social workers, and across the country to provide volunteer support to those impacted by this tragedy. We are here on the ground and doing the work which is what our profession calls us to do. We must start challenging the biases within our profession and calling out the harm that is done when we don't address race, gender, class, privilege---intersectional oppressions. Liberation is all of our responsibility.
Roberto L. Hess says...
Posted Sunday, September 25, 2016
Thank you for this affirmation, that as change agents we have an obligation to stand up for social equality and justice for all.

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