The National Association of Social Workers – Georgia Chapter (NASW-GA) Chapter extends this invitation to schools of social work faculty and students as well as social work professionals to join us for the 2020 NASWGA Social Work Advocacy Day on February 13, 2020.
Each year the National Association of Social Workers, Georgia Chapter promotes and hosts Social Work Advocacy Day to honor the core value of Social Justice.
Social Work Advocacy Day is significant for three reasons:
Social Work Advocacy Day makes social workers, social work students and faculty more aware of the legacy of responsibility Social Workers share in being advocates for social justice while motivating and equipping them to be advocates for social change;
Social workers, social work students, and faculty are exposed to and informed of the current state as well as national emerging political and social issues which impact the social work profession and those they serve; and
Social workers, social work students, and faculty have an opportunity to observe first hand – state government and the political process; thereby, learning how to employ the method.
Understanding the Political process is extremely important to the social work profession because it is often through the Political process, that social workers help bring forth and facilitate change that is beneficial to their clients, community, and the profession. The National Association of Social Workers and the National Association of Social Workers-Georgia Chapter recognizes and supports Political Advocacy and Lawful Political Involvement of Social Workers and Social Work Students!
We hope you will consider attending the 2020 Social Work Advocacy Day. Please share this information with your faculty, students, and the professional social work community.
2020 Social Work Advocacy Day – Details
Theme: Social Workers for Social Justice!
Registration Cost: $10
(Tote bag, Advocacy Button/Vote, and Snack)
Registration: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. &
Instruction: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Continuing Education: 2 hr. Core CE Provided
Agenda: *NASW-GA reserves the right to adjust the program as needed.
Theme: Social Workers for Social Justice!
-8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.: Registration:
-9:30 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.: Welcome: NASWGA Staff
-10:15 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.: Wendi. L. Clifton, Esq., NASW-GA Chapter Legal Advocate
Presentation: “2020 Legislative Session Update &Budget, Bills of Interest to the Social Work Profession”
-10:55 a.m. to 11:55 a.m.: Yosha Dotson, NAMNI- Georgia
Presentation: “The Social Worker as Advocate: Seeing Georgia in Broader Perspective”
-12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Kathy Brooks, Director 2nd Story Goods, Haiti
Presentation: Perspective – Advocacy Abroad and Home
-12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Film Premier: “Irena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers”
*Attendees with scheduled Representative Meetings may leave.
-1:35 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
*Evaluations, Lunch (on your own) & Scheduled Representative Meetings or Capitol Tours
Venue: Fulton County Government Center
141 Pryor St SW #10, Atlanta, GA 30303
*Reminder: All visitors to the Capitol 18 and older must show photo identification to enter the
Capitol e.g. driver’s license.
Please direct questions about this event to NASW-GA Chapter Staff at 678-691-2112.
Important Update RE: 2020 Social Work Advocacy Day, Feb. 13th
On Wednesday, February 5, 2020, the General Assembly officially adopted an Adjournment Resolution Calendar for the upcoming legislative days, February 13, 2020, through March 28, 2020.
NASW-GA is sorry to report that the legislature WILL NOT be in session on Thursday, February 13, 2020, for Social Work Advocacy Day. Due to time constraints around rescheduling this event in response to the timing of the adoption of the legislative adjournment time-table, NASW-GA is moving forward with the hosting of 2020 Social Work Advocacy Day. We have a full schedule with committed guest speakers who have a lot to share with Advocacy Day attendees. Please note the following:
• Some legislators may be at the Capitol, so if you have scheduled a meeting on Social Work Advocacy Day, NASW-GA recommends that you confirm those meetings before Wednesday, February 12, 2020
• The Capitol will be open on February 13, 2020, for routine operations like tours
• Committee meetings will not occur on February 13, 2020
Parking: Parking is available on the street and around the Fulton County Government Center. The closest parking is the Underground Atlanta Parking Decks (75 M.L.K. Jr Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA 30303) across the street from the Fulton County Government Center at the cost of the attendee. For additional information and arrangements please contact the Underground Atlanta Parking at (404) 577-2202 or visit https://www.atlantadowntown.com/go/underground-atlanta.
Lunch: On your own
Twin Towers State Buildings -aka-Sloppy Floyd building
Schools of social work or individual social work professionals are to schedule lunch on your own. Suggested Lunch venue: Sloppy Floyd Building, 200 Piedmont Ave S.W. Atlanta, GA 30334 (This time is flexible, as lunch will be set by the schools of social work, and individual social worker professionals according to availability, as they may be engaged in meetings/visits.)
Committee Meetings and Visits with State Representatives:
Schools of Social Work or individual social work professionals are to schedule meetings with state representatives of interest and committee meetings. TBA - NASWGA will share legislation of interest and committee schedules once available.
Click on the link to locate your State Representative and view Committees for 2019-2020 Legislative Session: http://www.house.ga.gov/mediaServices/en-US/FindYourLawmaker.aspx
Capitol Tours are to be Scheduled by Schools of Social Work and individual social work professionals
For more information on Capitol Tours click on the link: http://www.libs.uga.edu/capitolmuseum/index.html
Click the link below to download a map of Capitol Hill:
NASW Social Justice Priorities:
The National Association of Social Workers-Georgia Chapter (NASW-GA Chapter) is constituted to advance the purposes of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Like NASW, it adheres to broad ethical principles based on social work core values that inform social work practice. One of these core values is Social Justice. As an ethical principle, Social Justice, in its purest form, means – Social Workers are called to challenge social injustice. How do social workers challenge social justice? By pursuing social change, particularly with an on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed individuals and groups of people. Social workers’ change efforts are focused primarily on issues of poverty, unemployment, discrimination, and other forms of social injustice. These activities seek to promote sensitivity to and acknowledge about oppression and cultural and ethnic diversity. Social workers strive to ensure access to needed information, services, and resources; equality of opportunity; and meaningful participation in decision making for all people. – “Code of Ethics of the NASW”
Five social justice priorities serve as guiding principles for NASW's national office and Chapters:
Criminal justice / Juvenile justice
*For more information on the 2020 Social Work Advocacy Day contact the NASWGA Chapter at