Read any good books lately?
Seen any good movies?
Going to finally peruse that text you’re considering for use in your Macro Social Work course?
What have you read or viewed that reflects our values of social justice, service, respect for the dignity and worth of every person, or the importance of healthy relationships?
For this chat, we’ll share our favorite books both literary and academic, movies, and more!
What is your “best of”?
Please suggest books, movies, blogs, podcasts, interviews, text books or that outstanding academic article that all macro social workers should read – where a character is a social worker, or that reflects any aspect of social work.
We’ll gather all your recommendations, and publish it here. Please join host and #MacroSW partner Pat Shelly from @UBSSW on Thursday!
Here’s one suggestion:
2018 Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film: The Silent Child (2017) 22 minutes.
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For this week’s #MacroSW chat, we’ll be discussing what we are witnessing unfolding at the U.S./Mexico border. Social workers are witnessing a new policy of immigration engagement: the active separation of children from their families. This is a new interpretation of immigration policy, and the intent of this new action is not uniformly clear. New media outlets have only sparing instances of viewing or interviewing people at the centers of detention, and government representatives have not been in agreement as to why the policy of separation is in place. In one example of this confusion, Secretary of Homeland Security Kristjen Nielson communicated via Twitter that family separation wasn’t happening, but then communicated later that the practice was occurring. In 2017, Chief of Staff John Kelly described the plan to separate children from families as an attempt to deter illegal immigration (Stahl, 2018).
Social workers are reportedly engaged at the border detention centers, however, reports suggest that social work presence is minimal (Soboroff & Ainsley, 2018). Not much is known yet about the role of social workers in this environment. However, the possibility of social workers intervening in harmful policy is concerning. The forced separation of children from their parents is traumatic and can cause lasting psychological injury to the child, according to Dr. Colleen Kraft, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Scott, 2018).
Among the possible discussion questions for 6/21/18 chat include:
#MacroSW is a collaboration of social workers, organizations, social work schools, and individuals working to promote macro social work practice. Macro social work practice focuses on changing larger systems, such as communities and organizations. It encompasses a broad spectrum of actions and ideas, ranging from community organizing and education to legislative advocacy and policy analysis. The chats are held weekly on Twitter every Thursday at 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m. PST). Click here for a list of chat partners. For information about how to participate in the #MacroSW chat, view our FAQs. For chat schedule and chat archives check out: http://macrosw.com.
Scott, D. (2018, June 18). The family separation crisis is a health crisis. Vox.
Soboroff, J & Ainsley, J. (2018, June 18). McAllen, Texas, immigration processing center is largest in U.S. NBC News.
Stahl, J. (2018, June 18.). The most audacious moment from Kirstjen Nielsen’s child separation presss conference. Slate.
For this chat, we’ll look at the current state of Net Neutrality, and how social workers may be impacted.
Since 2015, the Federal Communication Commission had regulations in place to keep the internet from being anything more than a utility. On June 11, the repeal of Net Neutrality takes effect. This chat will focus on where we are now, and how social workers and the people we serve may be affected.
Why is this an issue? One perspective: only a very small number of telecommunications companies operate broadband service in the United States. This affords these companies a lot of power to handle and manipulate data as it flows through the infrastructure they control. The ACLU lists a few examples of how these companies have manipulated and censored political content prior to the establishment of Net Neutrality. After the repeal of Net Neutrality, political content not in line…
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By Rachel L. West
Join #MacroSW on June 7th for Social Action 104: Intro to Community Organizing. Chat partner Rachel West (@poliSW) will host. The chat starts at 9:00 PM EST/6:00 PM PST.
This is the fourth chat is the Social Action series. This chat will provide an overview of community organizing, touching on community organizing theory and types of organizing.
Q1: What is community organizing?
Q2: What does being a facilitator and coordinator mean?
Q3: What theories and perspectives is community organizing theory born out of?
Q4: What are 4 types of community organizing?
Center for Community Health and Development. (2018). Chapter 1: Section 8. Some
Lessons Learned on Community Organization and Change, Retrieved from The
Community Tool Box: http://bit.ly/2xC2Kxw
Rothman’s Three Models of Community Organizing. (n.d.). Retrieved from
Spangler, B. (2003, June). Coalition Building. Retrieved from
Photo Credit: By Rdmsf01 – Own work…
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