Social Justice Priorities
Taxes and Spending
We advocate for social responsibility
and racial equity through Minnesota’s public budgets.
support solutions to the state of Minnesota budget challenges that do not focus
merely on funding cuts and deferring responsibilities to the counties, cities,
and other local entities.
support maintaining sufficient revenue to pay for basic human services such as
housing and health care, safety nets and economic security for vulnerable
Minnesotans, and a properly funded education system that provides equitable
opportunities for our children and young people.
We support policies which protect the
lives and support the safety and well-being of our most vulnerable people who,
because of racism and other systemic inequality, have been disproportionately
affected in numerous ways by COVID-19.
We support protecting and fully
funding safety net programs so that peoples’ basic needs are met in a way that
enhances well-being and safety.
We support the protection and
expansion of assistance programs that address the urgent needs of communities
in equitable and community-driven ways.
We support added protections for youth
transitioning from foster care, including supporting a moratorium on ‘aging out’
during the pandemic.
We support additional funding for
eviction/homelessness prevention, housing assistance, emergency shelter, and
expansion and preservation of affordable housing.
We support equity in access to quality
broadband, mental health, and education services.
We support affordable, quality
healthcare and equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
Reimagining Community Safety
As we strive to reimagine community safety
throughout our state and nation, we acknowledge social work’s role in
oppressive criminal justice and government systems.
We promote change in education and practice
and breaking down systemic barriers that historically (and presently)
We recognize our
individual and collective power to reimagine and transform society to become
racially just. We recognize that racism threatens the health and safety of
Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in both urban and rural
communities. Reimagining community safety involves radical creativity,
community-specific solutions, and courageous action.
We empower and support BIPOC
in the creation and sustainment of policies that affect their communities
through support of BIPOC coalitions and the policies they bring forward.
We support the creation of
supportive non-police response services to respond to non- violent 911 calls
(including but not limited to domestic violence and disputes, substance abuse,
and mental health crises.)
We support community
identified needs for reallocation of funds from police budgets to create and
fund community response teams and resources for behavioral and physical health,
domestic violence, human trafficking, housing insecurities, food deserts, job
programs, and other community needs.
We support establishing and
funding self-sustaining community networks.
We support communities of
color and their pursuit for justice and accountability when harmed by police.
We support ending qualified
immunity and increasing police accountability for actions while on duty. This
may include ending public funding of police settlements; instead requiring
police to obtain liability insurance to cover police misconduct.
Community Mental Health and Family Service Equity
our commitment to enhancing the well-being of people living with mental health
and substance use disorders and working toward increased access to appropriate
and culturally relevant services and interventions.
We advocate for accessible and
affordable behavioral health care through decreasing stigma and increasing
funding for prevention, screening, early intervention, community-based and
trauma-informed programs for those living with mental health and substance use
We support the promotion of telehealth
services as a permanent method of ensuring access to needed mental health
We support efforts to increase the
well-being of families from communities of color, increase access for kinship
connections, and better serve children of color in the child welfare system.
We strongly condemn conversion therapy
as a deliberate violation of our professional ethics and principles of practice
as it is discriminatory, exploitive and dangerous, and support efforts to
forbid all practice of conversion therapy.
Licensing & Workforce
Social workers are essential to the wellbeing
of communities across Minnesota. We advocate for laws and regulations that
enhance and preserve the public and private practice of social work, protect
consumers and assure the highest quality of care, and create equity and
transparency under the law for both consumers and practitioners.
We support the recruitment and
development of a racially and culturally representative child welfare/social
We support the recruitment,
development, and retention of BIPOC social workers through efforts such as paid
internships, loan forgiveness programs, support to become supervisors, access
supervision, and culturally relevant licensing practices.
We support continuing education
requirements to promote cultural competence and racial equity.
We support policies that strengthen
social work health and safety practices including the timely distribution of
free COVID-19 vaccinations to frontline workers during a pandemic; pay equity
with other professions; reasonable caseload sizes; and fully funding programs
to have trained professionals to eliminate workforce gaps.
We support the establishment and
maintenance of standards of professional social work practice and active
participation in state programs for the licensing of social workers. We provide
guidance to the state to improve the consistency, transparency, and integrity
of these laws and regulations, and work to ensure policies governing the
practice of social work in our state are responsive to emerging needs and
We support policy that ensures HPSP
services align with social work’s values and practices.
We support mobility efforts that would
allow for easy interstate transfer of social work licenses.