September 27, 2014
Back in August, social workers on Twitter reached out to ACOSA requesting that we address the Michael Brown shooting and events that unfolded in Ferguson, Missouri following his death. Over the past month a handful of ACOSA members volunteered their time to come up with an appropriate response to these events.
Our call to action provides clear steps that social work professional organizations, schools of social work, and individual practitioners can take to advance social justice. Actions range from hosting forums and lecture series to conversations with neighborhoods and colleagues. The social work profession cannot be silent on this matter. You will find the statement attached to this email. Please note that ACOSA is continuing to work on a strategy that will enable us to examine the issues raised in Ferguson. We will continue to update you with ways in which you can get involved.
We have compiled a list of schools, associations, news outlets, and blogs to send the statement and will also be posting it on ACOSA's social networking accounts.
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Mark S. Homan at
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to work on this project: Chris Avilla, Bruce Hall, Jacob Lesniewski, Heather McCabe, Amy Murphy-Nugen, Michael Reisch, Monica Leisey, Jason Plummer, Vilissa Thompson, Rachel West, Michel Coconis, Juliet Dorris-Williams, Johny Augustine, Valerie Radu, John Ramey, and Wendy Shaia.
ACOSA Ferguson Statement 9-22-14.pdf