Advocacy Events

NASW-MN hosts multiple annual advocacy events: The Legislative Launch at the start of the session, Social Work Advocacy Week with an in-person rally at the Capitol mid-session, and the Legislative Recap at the end of session. Follow this page for details and join us!

Social Work Advocacy Week

Calling all MN social workers to advocate February 26-29, 2024. Keep reading for event details and registration.

REGISTER HERE


The Prep: Policy Information Sessions (free CEUs!)

On Zoom: February 26, 27, & 28th

**Virtual Info Sessions will be recorded and available to view by registrants through March 31st, 2024**

Monday, 2/26/24

9:00am-10:30am Policy Prep: A focus on social work licensing reform, title protection, the interstate compact & workforce advocacy (Presenter: Jenny Arneson, MSW, LGSW)
10:45am-11:15am Policy Prep: A focus on End-of-Life Options legislation (Presenter: Rosie Gaston, MSW, LICSW, APHSW-C, A Better Ending)

Tuesday, 2/27/24

9:00am-10:00am Policy Prep: A focus on community safety (Presenters: KJ Schmitt & Kim Christoffel, REP for MN)
10:15am-11:15am Policy Prep: A focus on housing: sustainable funding and protection against income discrimination 

Wednesday, 2/28/24

9:00am-10:00am Policy Prep: A focus on disability wage justice 
10:15am-11:15am Policy Prep: A focus on child protection (Presenter: Miriam Itzkowitz, MSW, LICSW, Institute to Transform Child Protection)

The Action: Social Work Day at the Capitol

In-Person: February 29

Check-In
NASW-MN staff and volunteers will be available starting at 9:00 AM. Visit us in the Capitol Vault, located in the basement of the Capitol.

Advocacy Refreshers
Join NASW-MN Legislative Consultant, Jenny Arneson, for a brief advocacy refresher. Repeating 20 minute sessions will begin at 9:00am, 9:30am, and 12:00pm. 

Rally in the Rotunda
Unite in the Capitol Rotunda at 11:00am. 

Take a Capitol Tour
Take a free guided tour and get an overview of the Capitol. Tours leave on the top of the hour starting at 9:00am. Tours depart from room 126. 

Social Workers view the House Human Service Committee
1:00-2:30pm in room 200 in the State Office Building. Watch legislation in action. 

End of Day Social
2:30-3:30pm. Head back to the L'Etoile du Nord Vault. Connect with other social workers and celebrate your advocacy! 

The Advocacy: Legislator Meetings

February 29th

Advocacy is why we are here. Take your new information, combine it with your lived and professional experience, and tell your story. Your day isn’t complete until you visit with your Senator and Representative. 

Learn who represents you here.

If you see your legislator on the list below, you don’t need to do anything before February 29th. NASW-MN volunteer leaders are requesting appointments and you can join them (details will be shared in your registration materials). 

If you don’t see your legislator named below, make an appointment! You can find contact information on the House member page or Senate member page. Simply email and let them know that you will be visiting the Capitol for Social Work Day at the Capitol on February 29 (or want to meet on-line), and request a time to visit. Legislators are happy to visit with constituents who live in their district.

Legislator (requested) In Person Appointments for Social Workers on February 29

Check back frequently for an updated list:

  • SD4 Sen Kupec
  • SD 4A Rep Keeler
  • SD5 Sen Utke
  • SD5A Rep Knudsen
  • SD 8 Sen McEwan
  • SD8A Rep Kozlowski
  • SD8B: Rep Liz Olson
  • SD11 Sen Rarick
  • SD11A Rep Dotseth
  • SD14: Sen Putnam
  • SD14A: Rep Perryman
  • SD 14B Rep Wolgamott
  • SD18 Sen Frentz
  • SD18A Rep Brand
  • SD18B Rep Frederick
  • SD 22 Sen Draheim
  • SD22A Rep Olson
  • SD24 Sen Nelson
  • SD24A Rep Quam
  • SD 25 Sen Bolden
  • SD25A Rep Hicks
  • SD42 Sen Westlin
  • SD42B Rep Klevorn
  • SD44 Sen Xiong
  • SD44A Rep Fischer
  • SD55 Sen Port
  • SD55B Rep Berg
  • SD56: Sen Maye Quade
  • SD56A: Rep Bierman
  • SD58 Sen Lieske
  • SD58A Rep Pursell
  • SD59 Sen Champion
  • SD59B Rep Agbaje
  • SD60 Sen Dziedzic
  • SD60A Rep Jordan
  • SD60B Rep Noor
  • SD61 Sen Dibble
  • SD61A Rep Hornstein
  • SD61B Rep Long
  • SD62 Sen Fateh
  • SD62A Rep Gomez
  • SD62B Rep Hassan
  • SD64 Sen Murphy
  • SD64A Rep Her
  • SD64B Rep Pinto
  • SD65 Sen Pappas
  • SD65B Rep Perez-Vega
  • SD66 Sen Oumou Verbeten
  • SD66A Rep Finke
  • SD66B Rep Hollins

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Legislative Recap

Wednesday, June 5, 2024, noon-1:00 PM via zoom. Join NASW-MN as we review the highlights of this legislative session, along with the status of our policy priorities. Save the date!