As counselors, the work we do on a daily basis extends far beyond the clinical setting. Considered human/social service professionals, our most important work is that of advocating on the behalf of our clients; ensuring their well-being and overall quality of life is at its best.
Recently the world became familiar, almost 3 months to late, with the untimely, uncalled for, and senseless murder of Mr. Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia. Hunted down while jogging, the perpetrators had no compassion and/or regard for this young African American man’s life and up until the evening of May 7th, 2020, when arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and booked into the Glynn County Jail, had remained free to continue living their lives as if Ahmaud’s life did not matter.
So many times, we are faced with hearing about and watching the news of other African Americans being senselessly killed, yet we don’t necessarily think that we will ever have to experience such in our own neighborhoods and/or surrounding counties.
While this case hits home for me, as I was reared and have resided in Coastal Georgia for 38 years of my life, I am well aware that this case resonates with so many more, directly and indirectly.
The violent, unjust, and oppressive acts perpetrated upon ethnic minorities has become all to common in our lives and there comes a time when we as human/social service professional, more specifically: counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapist, psychologist, and other behavioral providers, can no longer be complicit and begin to bring awareness not only to the social injustices and/or oppressive acts but also the the psychological impact these acts have on ethnic minorities and their allies.
With that being said, I am issuing a CALL To ACTION for the many Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapist, and Psychologist to come together and MAKE SOME NOISE!
It is time that we not only offer our clinical services to our community, but that we begin to ADVOCATE for and STAND alongside our communities.
Let’s MAKE SOME NOISE in the name of Multiculturalism, Social Justice, and Advocacy for not just Ahmaud Arbery but all of the African American men and women who have been unjustly killed.
Lets Rally, Use our Social Media Platforms to Educate, Empower, and Call out Injustices, Write our Local/State/National Legislative Leaders, Publish Op-Eds, Write and Sign on to Petitions demanding Justice!
Current Petition Campaign(s)
In order to Effect Change we must DEMAMD Change!!!!
Please sign this Petition to the State Bar to hold Jackie Johnson accountable for her gross diligence and Prosecutorial Misconduct!
Petition for J. Johnson Resignation