NASWVA Town Hall on Advancing Racial Justice and Equality
June 23, 2020, 6-7:30 p.m.
Facilitators: Facilitating the town hall are Executive Director Debra Riggs, CAE, and NASW Virginia President Vickie Black.
All chapter members are invited to attend this free virtual Town Hall on Advancing Racial Justice and Equality! After releasing an angry call to action statement against racism and unacceptably violent law enforcement in early June, the chapter is taking this second step in its effort to share grief and pain about the murder of Minneapolis resident George Floyd and the many other unarmed African Americans killed by police violence in the past 400 years.
The gathering also will serve as a time of deep listening by white social workers who want to use their privilege to support African American social workers and clients willing to share their experiences and insights. We want to be present for the difficult emotions of a nation waking up to the ugly truth about systematic oppression and racism in modern America.
How do we acknowledge centuries-old and recent pain and trauma, and eventually use it in unifying ways that enable all Virginia social workers to add their training and skills to accelerate progress for racial justice and equality? Are we at a place yet to even begin the difficult work and conversations needed to carry forth our own peaceful “marches” through our daily work and common chapter mission toward a more just society?
Please join us for this critical conversation of candor. This is the time when chapter members need to come together to talk and especially to listen.
This event is free and limited to NASW Virginia Chapter members. To receive the Zoom link needed to join the town hall conversation, visit this page (you will be required to sign in as a member): https://netforumpro.com/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=NASWVA&WebCode=62320TownHall