Society & Culture
Voting and Legislative Advocacy - Dawn Brown, MSW
Guest: Dawn Brown, MSW
Host: Shimon Cohen, LCSW
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In this episode, I talk with Dawn Brown, who is a social work educator and the Legislative Chair of the National Association of Social Workers Florida Chapter. Dawn talks about activities and strategies social workers can use to engage in legislative advocacy and how NASW-FL has a big event called LEAD (Legislative Education Advocacy Day) where they bring social work students to the Florida Capitol once a year to meet with lawmakers and attend committee hearings. We talk about the importance of voting, especially this November, and what is on the line. Dawn shares what voting means to her as a Black woman, and stresses that voting is important at all levels of government – national, state, and local. She explains that voting is just the beginning, and that we need to hold elected officials accountable, build relationships with them to push for a social justice agenda, and support candidates for office who are aligned with the goals of racial, social and economic justice. She also talks about how she got into this work. I hope this conversation inspires you to action.
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