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Bits & Pieces: E-Advocacy, Social Work Month & More

By Rachel L. West, MSW, LMSW
The Political Social Worker

From e-advocacy, to Social Work Month and New York Politics; these are a few of the bits and pieces that caught my eye this week.

Social Work Chats began a series on online advocacy this past Monday.  You can read the transcript here.  On Monday March 18th Gary Wexler will be the guest and we will be discussing using social media and online advocacy for community organizing.

Department of Defense Unveils Helpline
DOD now has a helpline for DOD members affected by sexual assault.

Safe Helpline provides live, one-on-one support, and information to the worldwide DoD community. The service is confidential, anonymous, secure, and available worldwide, 24/7 by click, call, or text — providing victims with the help they need, anytime, anywhere.

The service is owned by the DOD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO).  Those who use the service will be helped by staff trained by the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).  You can learn more here.

Non-Profits & Tech
Nonprofit Tech 2.0 has an article on 100 Low-cost or free web-based tools for non-profits.

Lets Get Social Work to Trend
This World Social Work Day (March 19th) the Social Work Helper Team will be working on getting social work to trend on Twitter.  To help simple send out tweets about social work with the hashtag #socialwork throughout March 19th.  You can further help to make this a reality by enlisting you friends, fellow students and co-workers do participate.

Interview with Rachel L. West
Thank you to Sociology Degree Programs who interviewed me for their site.  You can read the interview here.

Making Cents of Being Poor
University of North Carolina at Greensboro Professor Jack Register will be hosting an event on March 27th that aims to explore poverty in the United States.  You can learn more at Musing of a Social Justice Advocates blog.

Ouinn is In
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has announced her candidacy for New York City Mayor.  If she wins, Quinn will be the first women and the first openly gay person to hold the office.  Quinn choose to make her candidacy official on by announcing it on her Twitter account last week.

photo credit: ilovememphis via photopin cc

Posted by Rachel L. West

In addition to being the founder of The Political Social Worker blog, I am a consultant. My consulting practice offers advocacy and community outreach solutions to nonprofits, social good organizations, and private practitioners. Additionally, I offer career coaching to macro social work students and professionals.

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