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Founded in 1955, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with more than 120,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.


NASW deeply disappointed by confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to U.S. Supreme Court


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is deeply disappointed the Senate voted 50 to 48 on October 6 to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to a lifetime appointment to serve as a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. 

NASW is displeased the Senate made this choice considering Kavanaugh lacks the temperament and judicial philosophy to decide on cases that will significantly impact the health and well-being of millions of Americans. His appointment tilts the philosophical balance of the Court in favor of those who would overturn settled law such as abortion rights as decided by Roe v Wade.   

Additionally, Kavanaugh’s appointment is unacceptable because his judicial record has shown that he is dangerously deferential toward big businesses and the wealthy elite and is willing to cede excessive power to the executive branch of government.

Kavanaugh’s record demonstrates his disregard for the rights of workers, women, and immigrants. His egregious insensitivity to the right to health care - especially reproductive health care for women - is cause for deep concern.  

NASW’s disappointment with Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation has been reinforced by the disregard for survivors of sexual violence that was displayed by many members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

Their treatment of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was shameful.  Dr. Ford showed extraordinary courage in testifying about being sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh when he was 17 years old. That many members of Congress and the White House would question the veracity of Dr. Ford’s accusations is an insult to the millions of women who experience sexual violence around the world.

Time has run out on stopping Kavanaugh from becoming an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court. However, his confirmation must be seen as a wake-up call alerting us that “courts matter."

We  must not fall into despair over this setback. Instead, Kavanaugh's appointment should become an incentive for us to mobilize for the upcoming national elections in 2018 and 2020. Gaining political power through the ballot will go a long way in preventing President Trump from appointing another far-right justice to the Supreme Court. The stakes are clearly high.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), in Washington, DC, is the largest membership organization of professional social workers. It promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers. NASW also seeks to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through its advocacy.

WV Substance Use Response Plan - Six regional public forums to review and provide feedback begin Oct 15

Six public meetings will be held 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm (on-site registration opens at 4:00 pm) on the following dates: 

•    Tuesday, October 15, 2019 – Beckley
Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center, 200 Armory Drive, Beckley, WV 25801
 
•    Wednesday, October 16, 2019 – Parkersburg
WVU Parkersburg, Multipurpose Room 1536, 300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg, WV 26104
 
•    Monday, October 21, 2019 – Charleston
University of Charleston, Ballroom (3rd Floor Geary Student Union), 2300 MacCorkle Avenue, SE, Charleston, WV 25304
 
•    Tuesday, October 22, 2019 – Martinsburg
Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, Training Center, 510 South Raleigh Street, Martinsburg, WV 25401
 
•    Wednesday, October 23, 2019 – Wheeling
Wheeling University, Swint Hall Troy Theater, 316 Washington Avenue, Wheeling, WV 26003
 
•    Thursday, October 24, 2019 – Fairmont
Robert H. Mollohan Research Center, 1000 Galliher Drive, Fairmont, WV 26554

 

Public comments, which will be considered by DHHR’s Office of Drug Control Policy and the Governor’s Council on Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment during the review process, may be submitted during one of the six public meetings. Pre-registration at https://helpandhopewv.org/odcp is recommended but not required. On-site registration begins at 4:00 pm.

Attendees can download and review a summary of the plan prior to the meeting. Those who are unable to attend can download the plan and provide online feedback.  All feedback must be received by October 25, 2019.