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National NASW Endorses Barack Obama for President
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National NASW Endorses Barack Obama for President

October 2008


The National Association of Social Workers enthusiastically endorses Barack Obama for President in 2008. Mr. Obama holds the ideals of the profession in high regard as evidenced by his support of important legislation such as the Mental Health Parity Act, End Racial Profiling Act, and Healthy Families Act.

Mr. Obama attended Columbia University and moved to Chicago after graduation to become a community organizer in the tradition of Saul Alinksy and in the hometown of legendary social worker Jane Addams. He spent several years working to transform the South Side of Chicago and once noted, “It’s as a consequence of working with this organization and this community that I found my calling. There was something more than making money and getting a fancy degree. The measure of my life would be public service.” He pursued his law degree from Harvard Law School and was elected the first African American President of the Harvard Law Review. He served in the Illinois Senate for seven years before becoming a U.S. Senator.

Barack Obama is an ally to social workers and the clients we serve including women, children, and people of color. He has vowed to promote equal opportunity and end discrimination, empowering people to make positive changes in their communities and in their lives. He is a supporter of civil rights legislation aimed at closing the pay equity gap, ending racial profiling, and reducing hate crimes. Mr. Obama has promised to make health care affordable and has pledged to protect a woman’s right to choose.

Barack Obama is an ally to the profession and it is our responsibility to ensure that social work issues stay a priority in his campaign. As president, Mr. Obama will be making important appointments that affect the social work profession such as Secretary of Health and Human Services and Director of the National Institutes of Health. These key decisions will have an impact not only on the profession but the entire nation.

There are several ways to ensure that social work plays a prominent role in the next administration. You can volunteer with the Obama campaign, make phone calls, and attend campaign events. For more information contact or visit


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