In Pictures: #RiseUp2017 Convention with People’s Action

In Pictures: #RiseUp2017 Convention with People’s Action

People’s Action–a new national network of over 50 grassroots power-building organizations in 29 states–held its founding convention in Washington, DC. The event brought over 1000 activists from across the network including Progressive Maryland members and staff. Continue reading “In Pictures: #RiseUp2017 Convention with People’s Action”

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Challenges of Rural Organizing

Challenges of Rural Organizing

I grew up in a small town in rural Alabama where, to the average resident, there were no signs of political activity. It doesn’t help that the Alabama state legislature has been hoarding power since Reconstruction. But nationwide, there’s a huge problem with a lack of opportunity for civic engagement in rural communities presenting challenges to those organizing for social justice. Continue reading “Challenges of Rural Organizing”

#MacroSW Organizing Chat: Building Relationships for Political Action

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As the new presidential administration comes into power, basic assumptions about the role of government in assisting the most marginalized have been thrown into question. Social workers should be deeply concerned about proposed changes to social service programs and the government agencies that administer them. Continue reading “#MacroSW Organizing Chat: Building Relationships for Political Action”

Fighting an Anti-Social Work Agenda: Understanding Power

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Social workers are uniquely qualified in the skills needed for effective community organizing, however few actually engage in the work. Our profession, while derived from organizing, has shifted to focus on individual problems at the expense of a critical analysis of the systems that create those problems. This new chat series on organizing will help social workers better understand how they can engage communities to create the change they want to see. Continue reading “Fighting an Anti-Social Work Agenda: Understanding Power”