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LEAD 2014 RECAP
NASW-FL held a very successful Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD) with more than 800 professional social workers and students representing 14 of the schools of social work around the state. Training was held on April 7th, and a rally was held on April 8th before attendees went to meet with their legislators about several important legislative issues.
At the training, attendees were trained on legislative advocacy by Anjali Van Drie and David Brown. Participants were also given a detailed analysis of HB 7169/SB 1666, the child welfare bill, by Pam Graham. Pam has been instrumental in working on and advocating for the bill at every stage of the process. Representative Matthew Hudson (R-80) welcomed participants on behalf of the Florida Legislature.
At the rally, NASW-FL President Mitch Rosenwald fired up the crowd, along with Representative Mia Jones (D-14). Representative Jones has been honored as the national NASW Elected Official of the Year, and spoke about the role of the social work profession in advocating for social justice. Trophies for participation were given to Florida Atlantic University with 136 attendees, and the University of North Florida (the state’s newest CSWE-accredited program) who brought 80% of their students to LEAD.
In addition, several members statewide contacted their legislators from home in NASW-FL’s concurrent call-in day. Thanks to all who participated in either event.
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