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Journal of Community Practice Call for Papers
Beyond Lip Service: Bringing Racial Justice to Black and Brown Communities

Guest Editors: Kelly L. Patterson, Anna Maria Santiago, Robert M. Silverman

In the wake of global protests spurred by acts of police brutality in the United States, the Journal of Community Practice is seeking paper proposals for empirical, theoretical, and practice-based articles for a special issue examining racial justice in Black and Brown communities. Racial justice goes beyond paying lip service to disparities. Instead, it entails institutional changes aimed at addressing them. Addressing disparities undergirds four of the 12 Grand Challenges articulated by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare: closing the health gap; promoting smart decarceration; reducing extreme economic inequality; and achieving equal opportunity and justice.

Paper proposals are solicited that provide a comprehensive understanding of this topic which focuses on how institutional relationships contribute to inequality. A critical perspective questions modern societal structures, values, beliefs and ways of life, and pays particular attention to the socioeconomic and political structures of both community and society.

Abstracts and manuscripts should be labeled FOR SPECIAL ISSUE – BRINGING RACIAL JUSTICE for consideration by the special issue editors. Abstracts should clearly identify how the paper is linked to the special issue theme, provide background and purpose, data and methods of analysis, results and key conclusions and implications. Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words and submitted by email to by August 3, 2020. The Guest Editors will provide abstract dispositions by August 17, 2020.

Final manuscripts should be submitted online by October 30, 2020.


Call for JCP Editors

ACOSA is searching for a new editor or co-editors of the Journal of Community Practice (JCP).

ACOSA seeks an editor or editors who have a demonstrated commitment to the range of macro theory, research and practice in social work and related disciplines (e.g., organizing, planning, administration, organizational development, community development, social change, policy practice); demonstrated experience in the field of macro practice, and experience with editorial functions or roles (e.g., use of online administrative tools, manuscript review).

Applications should be submitted by September 12, 2020. The new Editor(s) will be announced at the 2020 Council on Social Work Education - Annual Program Meeting APM.

Please submit your application for the editorship by email (PDF attachment) to:

Contact Jan Ivery, ACOSA Co-Chair at further information.

DOWNLOAD Call for Editors and Application Instructions


OUR LATEST ISSUE IS ONLINE: 28:2 (April - June 2020)


Community practice, social action, and the politics of pandemics
Anna Maria Santiago & Richard J. Smith

From the Archives

Lillian Wald reports on organizing to combat the 1918 influenza pandemic in New York City
Paul H. Stuart

Political social work in 1923: Belle Moskowitz encourages her social work colleagues to engage in political action
Paul H. Stuart


A critical glocalization approach: Attending to power in the innovation space
Maria V. Wathen

#Mapping a movement: Social media, feminist hashtags, and movement building in the digital age
Heather L. Storer & Maria Rodriguez

Non-governmental organizations and the sexual and gender minority community in North Macedonia: Narratives about community practice and building
Kristefer Stojanovski, Elizabeth J. King, Viktorija Bondikjova, & Antonio Mihajlov

From the Field

Youth dialogue and design for educational possibility: Eliciting youth voice in community development
Katherine Richardson Bruna, Carla A. McNelly, Kimberly Greder, & Jane Rongerude

The Unity Wall Project: A student-led community organizing effort to advance public discourse on social justice
Nicole Ruggiano, Taylor Ellis, Kimberly Gibson, Shayla Smith, Carrie Turner, Allison Curington, Carroll Phelps, Alexis Ferruccio, & Keslie Fendley

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