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    THE 2018 ELECTIONS: WHAT DIFFERENCE WILL IT MAKE FOR SOCIAL WORKERS AND OUR CLIENTS?

    by Marc Herstand, MSW, CISWMarc Herstand

    Passage of the Child Victim’s Act to help victims of childhood sexual assault.  Passage of the Higher Education Lower Debt bill to ease the burden on social work professionals with high college debt load.  Passage of common sense gun violence prevention legislation Continue reading

    Praying with their Feet

    by Marc Herstand, MSW, CISW

    Marc Herstand

    “I recently attended an event in Milwaukee sponsored by the Jewish Community Center and the Milwaukee Urban League that featured a dialogue between Bernice King, the youngest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Dr. Susannah Heschel, the daughter… Continue reading

    A Sense of Gratitude

    by Marc Herstand, MSW, CISW

    Marc Herstand

    “Count your blessings”.  So said Rabbi Ron Shapiro to me when I met with him after losing my job which supported our family.  I was very discouraged as we had just bought a house and I did not know how… Continue reading

    A Quarter Century at NASW WI!

    by Marc Herstand, MSW, CISW

    Marc Herstand

    It is hard to believe I have now served as your executive director for 25 years!   I remember the first day I started with NASW WI.  I saw Bill Clinton and Al Gore speak at the Wisconsin State Capitol as… Continue reading

    Charlottesville and Fighting Hate

    by Marc Herstand, MSW, CISW

    Marc HerstandWhite Nationalists, Ku Klux Klan members and Neo Nazis marching with torches, armor and weapons, shouting racist and anti-Semitic slogans. Three Neo Nazis with semi-automatic weapons staring across the street at a Jewish synagogue during Shabbat services while their fellow… Continue reading

    The Impact We Have on Others

    Marc Herstandby Marc Herstand, MSW, CISW

    About seventeen years ago my oldest son Ari was playing in a middle school all city honors band. One performance he made a mistake which made him feel terrible. His all city honors band director, Mr. Saltzman, saw that Ari… Continue reading

    The Inside versus the Outside Game

    by Marc Herstand, MSW, CISW

    One of the challenges of lobbying for NASW WI in the current political environment is balancing speaking out on major social justice or policy issues that are partisan and are not supported by the Majority Party or the Governor (the… Continue reading

    The 2016 Elections

    Marc Herstand

    by Marc Herstand, MSW, CISW

    “America is hard to see”
    Robert Frost

    “…never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it”.
    Hillary Clinton 2016 concession speech

    The results of the 2016 elections surprised and shocked people all over our country. Those who supported… Continue reading

    NASW Modernization

    by Marc Herstand, MSW, CISW

    NASW has always been one Association. Although the 55 chapters (all states plus New York City, Washington DC, Guam, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands) have operated semi autonomously the national office has always set standards for their operations, bylaws, personnel… Continue reading

    NASW WI Response to the Disorder in Milwaukee on August 12th and 13th

    by Marc Herstand, MSW, CISW

    NASW WI is saddened by the violence, disorder and destruction that took place in the Sherman Park neighborhood of Milwaukee on August 13th and 14th.  Sherman Park has always been a neighborhood where residents of different racial,… Continue reading