Matthew Cohen, MSW

Matthew Cohen, MSW

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NASW Calls On Social Workers To Join The March On Washington

Fifty years ago a march changed the destiny of a country, in a little over a week from now the Nation might witness another pivotal moment for its future. The NASW is calling on Social Workers to organize and join next Saturday’s “March On Washington” in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the historic March. 

NASW-NYS was kind enough to bring the following to our attention:

National Action to Realize the Dream

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) in conjunction with the DC Metro Chapter is organizing a delegation of marchers for the 50thAnniversary March on Washington, called the National Action to Realize the Dream March. In 1963, Whitney M. Young, Jr., NASW Pioneer® and former NASW President, and Dr. Dorothy I. Height, NASW Pioneer®, were organizers of the march. In 2013, NASW is mobilizing members to participate in the march.


Some of the issues the march will focus on are jobs and the economy, voting rights, women’s rights, immigration, gun violence, and LGBT equality. The march has taken on a much greater importance given the recent social justice and civil rights setbacks such as essentially overturning the Voters Rights Act, the proliferation of voter suppression policies in many states, and racial profiling that result in violations of civil rights and even death.

The march will take place on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC. A rally at the Lincoln Memorial will be followed by a march to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.

If you would like to participate in the march, please contact Dina Kastner, Senior Field Organizer, at 202-336-8218

Details about meeting up at the march will be distributed to those who RSVP. For more information about the march from the march organizers, visit:

Solidarity will be the key for developing the professional strength needed for Social Work to influence policy in the coming years. Events such as this help to bind Social Workers together and provide invaluable experience for future initiatives. If you plan on attending the march and would like to share your experience with the SJS community, email




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