"Social workers should engage in social and political action that seeks to ensure that all people have equal access to the resources, employment, services, and opportunities they require to meet their basic human needs and to develop fully. Social workers should be aware of the impact of the political arena on practice and should advocate for changes in policy and legislation to improve social conditions in order to meet basic human needs and promote social justice."

- NASW Code of Ethics

Often advocacy is seen has this overwhelming and complicated process for making change for clients.

NASW AZ offers some easy ways to become more involved in the political and advocacy process.

Take Action Now

Through NASW AZ's website you have a direct link to send messages to your State and Federal representatives about issues you care about. It may not seem like much, but sending a form letter to your representative lets them know in numbers what their constituents are for and against. This is also an excellent way to read up on issues that social workers are supporting and learn more about the issues being presented at the Capitol.

Go here to start sending letters now.


Vote and vote often. It is not enough to just vote in the Presidential election, but know who is running for office in your district and vote for those who support your values and ethics. Find your 2012 important election dates here and mark them down on your calender!
Call Your Representatives

As scary as this may seem, it is a good way to make contact with those who represent you at the state and federal level. Let them know who you are, be kind, and tell them about the issue you care about and what them to support or oppose. This is an effective way of making personal contact with your representatives and being involved in the political process.

To find the numbers of your representatives go here put in your zip code (you may also need to put in your street address) and it will tell you who your state representatives are and where to get more information on them. For federal representatives go to the National website and follow the same instructions.

Social Work Day at the Legislature

Spend the day with fellow social workers down at the Capitol. Let your representatives know who you are and set up a personal meeting with them to discuss issues you support and care about. Show the Legislature, in numbers, the face of social work.

For more information about Social Work Day at the Legislature please go to our Events page. The date of this years Social Work Day will be posted very soon!