Social Action 105: Radical Community Organizing

By Rachel L. West

Given the current political clement and the socio-economic reality many people in the US are facing, I figured now would be a good time for us to take a look at radical community organizing. This topic ties in with last week’s chat on Social work leadership in the face of ethical policy conflicts. This chat will be the 5th installment in our social action series.

Reisch (2013, p. 362) defined radical community organizing as a “form of community practice that encompasses a dynamic set of theories, goals, ideologies, values, strategies, and tactics that seek to achieve a more egalitarian, open, and socially just world through the creation of fundamental structural, institutional, ideological, attitudinal, and behavioral changes in communities, societies and individuals.”

The chat will explore the theories radical community organizing is built upon and strategies that have been used.

Questions:

Q1: What is radical…

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#MacroSW chat for 7/12/2018 at 9 pm Eastern: Social work leadership in the face of ethical policy conflicts.

I’ll be hosting the #MacroSW chat this Thursday

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When Chief of Staff John Kelley was interviewed by NPR last year, this policy was referenced, “They’ll be put into foster care….or something”.  The quote went viral.

As social workers, we may detect a few layers of implied meaning in this statement. First: In this instance, social work practice is presumed to function as a mere cog to further larger policy goals. Second:  those policy goals run counter to ethical practice. Third: that these policy goals may not be deeply considered (the “or something” in this statement). Foster care is a part of a complex system of child and family support, not an ends to a means (in this case, attempt to deter immigration by breaking families apart).
Earlier this summer, our #MacroSW chat focused on the ongoing crisis of U.S. Immigration Policy. Specifically, we discussed the humanitarian crisis of separating children from their families. Regardless of political affiliation…

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Summer Reading: The Best in Social Work-Inclusive Books and Films: #MacroSW Chat June 28, 2018

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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:

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2018 Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film: The Silent Child (2017) 22 minutes.

The…

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#MacroSW chat 6/14/2018: The end of Net Neutrality, and how social work may be impacted

The End of Net Neutrality_How will Social Work beImpacted_.pngFor 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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Social Action 104: Intro to Community Organizing 6/7/18 #MacroSW

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.

Questions:

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?

Resources:

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

http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/CNS/Pages/Publications-guides-and-directories/Community-Assessment-Handbook/Rothman%27s-Three-Models-of-Community-Organizing.aspx

Spangler, B. (2003, June). Coalition Building. Retrieved from

http://www.beyondintractability.org/essay/coalition-building

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THE TALE Movie Discussion (HBO) – #MacroSW 5/24 at 9pm EST

THE TALE posterThis week’s chat discusses THE TALE, a film that explores sexual exploitation and premieres on HBO on May 26 at 10PM EST. We are very exited to work with NASW and HBO for this chat. To enhance the viewing experience, sign up to receive free discussion guides and materials here!  NASW will also feature THE TALE at 2018 National Conference in June.

8Here is background on THE TALE: Can our memories mislead us? Does the mind unconsciously reframe the truth to make it palatable? Jennifer Fox (Laura Dern) faces a host of life-altering questions after a short story from her middle school days forces her to re-examine her first sexual relationship and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive.

An accomplished documentarian working in New York, Jennifer is completing her latest project, about the lives of women around the world. She receives a series of…

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#MacroSW Chat 5/17/2018: Trauma Informed Care in Your Community

The semester may be over…but #MacroSW doesn’t stop.

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For our May 17th chat, we will be talking about Trauma Informed Care in Your Community.  As many of us are aware, there is a clear link between childhood adversity and poor health outcomes.  In this chat, we will discuss the ACEs study, how trauma and adversity impacts our communities, and what can be done to help individuals and communities heal and thrive.

The topic of trauma informed care recently received national attention through a segment on 60 Minutes.  You can view the segment here:
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/oprah-winfrey-treating-childhood-trauma/

SaintA was one of the organizations featured on the segment and have provided some thoughts on next steps in this blog post:
http://sainta.org/call-to-care-next-steps

Our host will be #MacroSW Contributor Rachel Castillo (@SocialWorkComm) with guest Tim Grove (@TGSaintARC).  In addition, SaintA will be joining in on the chat. (@SaintAorg)

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#MacroSW Chat 5/10/2018: Social Work is a Robot-Proof Career

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A McKinsey study in November 2017 stated technology could replace up to 375 million employees worldwide by 2030. Jobs in the social work profession won’t necessarily be caught up in the automation movement.

As newly minted MSWs charge into the workplace after graduation this spring, they can be assured a secure place in the current job market.  Although technology may be shifting and disrupting how social work practice is operationalized, this McKinsey study also shared that careers which rely on empathy or creativity at work can expect to have job security. The social work profession is perfectly positioned for the long haul.

Join us on Thursday, May 10 at 9 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. Pacific) for the #MacroSW chat to discuss the staying power of our profession and how we will continue to incorporate technology into our practice.

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#MacroSW chat for 4/26/2018 at 9 p.m. E/8 p.m. Central – End of Semester Happy Hour (open chat)!

(Note: our originally scheduled chat for this week needed to be rescheduled. We will post updates soon.)

 

 

 

As the spring semester comes to a close, social work students are wrapping up their spring assignments, looking to engage in summer activities (maybe more classes, field work, or maybe even… a break? Do we even have that?)

For social work practitioners, the approach of summer can also mean a shift in how they engage in their respective areas of practice. In my own work experience, hospital social work, summer was often referred to as “trauma season”. Summer wasn’t necessarily a break, but a shift in how I focused my skills.

For this week’s chat, let’s take a breath, reflect on where we’ve been, and what path we are taking as we head into the next phase of the year…and our lives.

While this chat will be somewhat student-centric, all…

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Transcending Transphobia: Delivering Affirmative Care ~ #MacroSW Chat April 19, 2018

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This week, Fae Johnstone @FaeJohnstone (White, Trans, She, They), a trans organizer and consultant from Ottawa, will help us gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of trans identities. Their talk , titled Stepping Up on Queer and Trans Youth Mental Health, is one of two essential resources for this week’s chat.

Please watch the 24-minute video, Stepping Up. In it, Fae explains basic vocabulary (nonbinary, cissexism, gender identity, assigned gender, etc.), plus the extraordinary and depressing statistics on lgbtq youth mental health. They share their own story of walking out the door every day as a queer trans youth.

The second essential resource for this week’s chat is Affirmative Care for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People, with practical tips and training resources.

This chat will give you resources on how to support trans clients, and ideas about how we can collectively address the…

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