Mississippi Advocacy

NASW Mississippi Legislative Agenda 2020

Adopted August 24, 2019 NASW MS Board of Directors

  1. Maintain our Social Work licensure with current language in the law.
  2. Oppose changes in composition of the MS Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists.
  3. Support continuation of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion to meet the healthcare needs of the people in Mississippi.
  4. Support adequate funding for all services that affect the well being of at risk population and increase funding where cuts were made to appropriate levels, ensuring proper, effective service delivery.
  5. NASW, MS acknowledges the current flag creates division among large number of Mississippians, we support a new state flag that reflects the MS of today.
  6. Change the wording of the state law to absolutely require full funding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP), using language that the MS Supreme Court could use for ruling. 
  7. Support student loan forgiveness programs for social workers entering public service.  

* NASW MS Advocacy Day at the MS State Capitol February 27, 2020

National Association of Social Workers, Mississippi Chapter

MS PACE Candidate Endorsements 2019

MS Senate

Juan Barnett, Heidelberg

Barbara Blackmon, Canton

David Blount, Jackson

Hob Bryan, Amory

Albert Butler, Port Gibson

Hillman Frazier, Jackson

John Horhn, Jackson

Sampson Jackson, Jackson

David Jordon, Greenwood

Sollie Norwood, Jackson

Derrick Simmons, Greenville

Sarita Simmons, Cleveland

Angela Turner-Ford, West Point

Tammy Felder Witherspoon, Magnolia

MS House of Representatives

Jeramey Anderson, Escatawpa

Otis Anthony, Indianola

Willie Bailey, Greenville

Earle Banks, Jackson

Edmond Blackmon, Jr., Canton

Christopher Bell, Jackson

Cedric Burnett, Tunica

Bryant Clark, Pickens

Alyce Clarke, Jackson

Angela Cockerham, Magnolia

Ronnie Crudup, Jr., Jackson

Oscar Denton, Vicksburg

Jarvis Dortch, Raymond

Bob Evans, Monticello

Michael Evans, Preston

John Gary Faulkner, Holly Springs

Debra Gibbs, Jackson

Karl Gibbs, West Point

Jeffry Harness, Fayette

John Hines, Greenville

Steve Holland, Plantersville

Gregory Holloway Sr., Hazelhurst

Kevin Horan, Grenada

Abe Hudson, Shelby

Lataisha Jackson, Como

Robert Johnson, III, Natchez

Kabir Karriem, Columbus

Carl Mickens, Brooksville

Tom Miles, Forest

Soloman Osborne, Greenwood

Orlando Paden, Clarksdale

Tracey Rosebud, Tutwiler

Thomas Reynolds, II, Charleston

Omeria Scott, Laurel

Rufus Straughter, Belzoni

Cheikh Taylor, Starkville

Kenneth Walker, Carthage

Percy Watson, Hattiesburg

Sonja Williams-Barnes, Gulfport

Charles Young, Meridian

Social Work Advocacy Day at The Mississippi State Capitol

Thanks so much to these Mississippi Schools of Social Work for participating with us!

Table Hosts

  • Jackson State University
  • Mississippi Valley State University
  • University of Southern Mississippi

Participating Schools

  • Belhaven University
  • Mississippi State University - Meridian
  • Mississippi State University - Starkville
  • Rust College
  • University of Mississippi - virtual participation

We were so pleased to have 245 in attendance at the Progressive Democrats Press Conference, visiting legislators, and flooding the Galleries to observe the Senate and House of Representatives in action wearing our Social Workers Vote stickers! Thanks so much for your advocacy efforts, and remember to continue your advocacy efforts throughout the session! See below for updated action on specific bills.

Advocacy Day 2020 is February 27 from noon - 3 pm!

2021 Social Work Advocacy Day at the Mississippi Capitol will be held virtually on Wednesday, February 17,  noon - 3pm

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NASW-MS Supports an Inclusive Flag for Everyone

NASW-MS strongly supports changing the state flag of Mississippi to move forward in the best interest of all Mississippians. The outcry for a change in the state flag has permeated in the state for almost two decades. Thus, the issue of a new state flag can no longer continue to be ignored, dismissed, or deflected.

Read the full statement