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

Join social workers from around Minnesota for this special week dedicated to state policy and advocacy. Come to one or all of our virtual information sessions to get up-to-date information, tangible language about social work priorities, and the confidence you need to meet with Legislators. Then, join us in person at the Capitol for a full day of advocacy.

Virtual Information Session Schedule

Register to receive the session link. Attend one or all of the sessions!

Attend live for in-person CEU credit or watch the recorded session later for independent study CEU credit.

FEBRUARY 27

9:00-10:00 AM

Kick-Off, Session Update, and Advocacy Preparation
Featuring Speaker Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan

10:15-11:15 AM
Elevating and Diversifying the Social Work Profession
Featuring Speaker Jenny Arneson, LGSW, NASW-MN

11:30 AM -12:30 PM
Advocacy from an Anti-Ableist, Intersectional, and Disability Justice Lens
Featuring Speaker Brittanie Hernandez-Wilson, The Arc Minnesota


FEBRUARY 28

9:00-10:00 AM

Mental Health: Legislative Themes, Investment, and 988 Crisis Line
Featuring Speaker Shannah Mulvihill, Mental Health Minnesota

10:15-11:15 AM
Community Safety and Emerging Cannabis Legislation
Featuring Speaker Justin Terrell, Minnesota Justice Research Center

11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Child Welfare & Family Services
Featuring Speakers from Foster Advocates

12:45-1:45 PM
Housing
Featuring Speaker Zara Wolfe, Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless and Sheri Riemers (Nindaanisequay), White Earth Nation of Ojibwe | Pine Point Community | Bear Clan


MARCH 2 ADVOCACY DAY SCHEDULE

10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Meet NASW-MN staff and volunteers in room 316. Pick up materials get set up for success.

1:30-2:00 PM
Social work rally in the Rotunda!

Before 1:00 or after 2:30
Meet with Legislator(s)

8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Attend Committee hearings during these hours (except during the rally from 1:30-2:00 PM) Agendas set earlier that week. Agendas set earlier that week and can be found here.

9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Capitol Tours: meet in room 126 for 45 minute tours departing at the top of each hour.

8:00 AM-2:00 PM
Food is available in the Capitol Cafe (Rathskeller).

LEGISLATOR MEETING PLANNING DETAILS


We want social workers to meet Legislators on March 2. Social workers are the experts in our profession and we want Legislators to hear your voice! Here’s how to see your Senator and Representative on March 2:

Step 1: Find your Legislator: LCC-GIS (mn.gov)

Step 2: Check below to see if you live in a district where a NASW-MN volunteer leaders are scheduling appointments with select Legislators. More appointments are emerging so check back often. Registered participants are welcome to join these meetings.

If you see your Legislator’s name below, you do not need to do anything more! Plan to be in person on Thursday, March 2, to join other social workers in a meeting with your Senator or Representative. You will receive access to a Google folder with event information including meeting details.

  • 5: Senator Utke
  • 10: Senator Wesenberg
  • 11: Senator Rarick
  • 14: Senator Putnam
  • 14B: Representative Wolgamott
  • 18A: Representative Brand
  • 20B: Representative Jacob
  • 24A: Representative Quam
  • 40B: Representative Becker-Finn
  • 42B: Representative Klevorn
  • 51: Senator Wicklund
  • 52: Senator Carlson
  • 54: Senator Pratt
  • 55: Senator Port
  • 56: Senator Maye Quade
  • 57: Senator Duckworth
  • 58: Senator Lieske
  • 59: Senator Champion
  • 60: Senator Dziedzic
  • 60B: Representative Noor
  • 61B: Representative Long
  • 64: Senator Murphy
  • 65: Senator Pappas
  • 66: Senator Oumou Verbeten
  • 66B: Representative Hollins
  • 5A: Representative Knudsen
  • 10A: Representative Kresha
  • 11A: Representative Dotseth
  • 14A: Representative Perryman
  • 18: Senator Frentz
  • 20: Senator Drazkowski
  • 24: Senator Nelson
  • 40: Senator Marty
  • 42: Senator Westlin
  • 47: Senator Mitchell
  • 51B: Representative Coulter
  • 52B: Representative Richardson
  • 54A: Representative Tabke
  • 55B: Representative Berg
  • 56A: Representative Bierman
  • 57B: Representative Witte
  • 58A: Representative Pursell
  • 59A: Representative F. Lee
  • 60A: Representative Jordan
  • 61: Senator Dibble
  • 62B: Representative Hassan
  • 64A: Representative Her
  • 65B: Representative Pérez-Vega
  • 66A: Representative Finke

If you do not see a pre-scheduled meeting with your Senator or Representative, please take Step 3: reach out to your Legislator and request an appointment.

Step 3: Email to request an appointment.
You can include, “I’m a social worker who lives in your district. I will be at the Capitol on Thursday, March 2, with other MN social workers and I would like to request time with [insert name]. Thank you, [name and address]”

We promise that it’s easy and important!


Sponsors




Refresh-logo

U of MN School of Social Work logo




Center for advanced studies in child welfare logo




U of MN-Duluth School of Social Work logo


St cloud state logo





Minnesota State University Social Work Logo

minnesota capitol