NASW-NYC seeks to address on an ongoing basis the realities and intersection of poverty, diversity, multiculturalism, and oppression in New York City. Over the past few months NASW-NYC has been confronting institutional racism by inviting and promoting discussion of specific local and national events, including the debate in New York City around the police tactic of “stop-and-frisk” and the death in Florida of Trayvon Martin, a teenager whose killing was ostensibly justified under that state’s “Stand Your Ground” law.
In this section you will find three important social justice statements released by NASW-NYC in Summer 2013 with regard to these issues and events. We are pleased to be able to add, parenthetically, that on August 12, 2013, U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that the stop-and-frisk practice is unconstitutional and that it had violated the rights of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers.
We welcome responses from our members on any and all of these issues and we look forward to engaging you in further discussions.
*Institutional racism is defined as “the social, economic, educational, and political forces or policies that operate to foster discriminatory outcomes or give preferences to members of one group over others.” Institutional Racism and the Social Work Profession: A Call to Action, p. 4.
Undoing Racism Workshop Schedule