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

Net neutrality was eliminated this week by the U.S. government. This chat is an especially timely one.

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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#SaturdaySchool & #MacroSW Present #SoJustProfiling: 5/31 at 9pm EST & 6/2 at 9am EST

What can we do about #RacialProfiling? Join the #MacroSW chat on May 31st.

IMG_8367.PNGOur chat this week on racial profiling is a collaboration between #SaturdaySchool and #MacroSWand will also use the Twitter hashtag #SoJustProfiling. The chat will be led by #SaturdaySchool‘s host Rhonda Ragsdale (@profragsdale).

rpdM42MN_400x400-2Rhonda Ragsdale is a social justice educator and international consultant, working in fields that range from tech and cultural relations to food justice. With advanced degrees in History and Sociology from Rice University, Prof. Ragsdale served as an Associate Professor of History at Lone Star College from 2008-2013 before establishing her independence as a consultant, researcher, educator and activist. At Lone Star College, Ragsdale co-founded the Center for Diversity Studies and the White Oak Community Garden, along with an innovative, system-level Honors curriculum based on hybrid, team-taught learning communities, while also leading the development of a system-level online History course.  It was during this time that Prof Ragsdale initiated the weekly, social justice…

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

As #MacroSW Chat partner Karen Zgoda @karenzgoda says, “this remarkably well-made film explores in-depth the trauma child sexual abuse survivors may experience.”

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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Why We Have to Social Work This: #MacroSW #NPQ

This thoughtful editorial deepens the definition of social work,  and refutes the notion that our profession is comprised of only “short-term actions and well-intentioned goals, lacking in meaningful planning or impact.”

Congratulations to The MacroSW Collaboration (#MacroSW Partners) for the publication of the editorial “Why We Need to Social Work This“, in the Voices from the Field section of Nonprofit Quarterly.

NPQ Abstract: Last fall, an NPQ article said “we can’t social work” our way out of inequality, meaning case work alone is inadequate. But, as a group of social workers points out, social work actually places great emphasis on political action and building community to achieve structural change.

Read the piece here:

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