Attention all social work activists and allies!
What is the most important thing you have to say about social work? What is your vision for our work? Do you want to belong to a community of social workers who are committed to deepening and strengthening our skills as practitioners of justice-centered, anti-oppressive practice?
My own vision is one of deep commitment to justice-centered social work practice. Social workers committed to this philosophy must regularly ask ourselves how we resolve the inconsistencies between our commitment to social justice and our agreement to work within systems that often contribute to systemic inequity. Rather than passively maintaining the status-quo, we strive to co-create personal and community healing with social work service recipients. We acknowledge and account for the institutionalized hierarchy that permeates social work systems and strive to minimize the power and privilege differentials that pervasively influence social work systems, policies and interventions.
Our comprehensive understanding of the human impact of injustice, racism, sexism, homophobia, classism and poverty, ageism, historical trauma, colonization, ecological degradation, genocide—and other unnamed forms of oppression—informs each step of our practice as we strive to combat inequality with anti-oppressive interventions. We share our professional voice with those whose own voices have been silenced; we use our education, skill, compassion and ability to co-create healing and justice through the practice of social work.
I am growing this vision and want to do this work in learning community. A community-based, grass-roots commitment to radical social work activism, where street-level practitioners have a voice and forum to shape and grow our practice in ways that honor our commitment to justice. The Social Work Activist Reader.
How you can be involved: Call For Action (Papers)
1) Be a contributing writer to the newly forming social work activist zine (The social work activist reader: holding the vision of justice in practice). Contributors can email submission offerings to firstname.lastname@example.org and should include your name and email address. Articles should be in areas of social work that help to build our vision of social work activism and justice-centered, anti-oppressive practice. The zine will be published quarterly with our first publication planned for this summer.
2) Be a contributing writer to the SW activist blog: http://socialworkactivistreader.blogspot.com/ . Articles should be in areas of social work that help to build our vision of social work activism and justice-centered, anti-oppressive practice. Contributors can email submission offerings to email@example.com , and should include your name and email address. Articles that are accepted will be posted on the blog for community comment. Please say if you would like your article to be considered for the blog, zine, or both.
3) Follow the blog! Comment! Help co-create this vision of justice in our lives and practice. There are many ways to be a part of this change and community vision.
4) Join the list severe https://lists.riseup.net/www/info/justicecenteredsocialwork . A discussion list for radical, progressive social workers and human service workers committed to anti-oppressive, anti-racist social work practice.
5) Check out my website http://www.justicecenteredsocialwork.com/ for more information about my framework, philosophy and intention.
I am greatly looking forward to meeting you and co-creating this vision in our practice! Please feel welcome to email me with any questions or thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Heather Greene, LCSW