SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES ARE ROOTED IN RACISM
IF WE ACHIEVE RACIAL EQUITY WE SOLVE OUR SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES
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Challenging extreme inequality is a moral imperative. Inequality undergirds all social injustices. The legacy of distributive, procedural, or interactional institutionalized racism today perpetuates inequality and is a barrier to social justice. Racism prevents equitable access to housing, healthy food, employment, voting, clean environments, and social inclusion as well as creating significant inequities in the criminal justice, education, economic, immigration and health care systems..
The goal of Social Justice is for everyone to be treated fairly and equally regardless of attributes. This occurs when all members of a society have the same basic rights, protections, opportunities, obligations, and social benefits.
We must work intentionally and collectively to build awareness and increase understanding of the negative impact of racial bias and institutional racism has on the well-being of all members of our communities. We hope that information provided will support you in making a positive difference in our all our communities by serving, raising awareness, supporting and partnering with people, groups and communities most impacted by injustice. so you can advocate, organize, and act for justice to live out the values of your convictions and faiths. In all justice areas we are all called and committed to breaking down divisions, healing isolation, and honoring the inter-connectedness of all life by creating just, welcoming, and inclusive communities and organizations locally, nationally and internationally.
The movement toward racial equality includes service, education, advocacy, and public witness (the practice of taking a public position in support of justice) by:
Harnessing the power of love to end oppression
Activating people of faith and conscience to resist the harm inflicted by social injustices
Provide opportunities for experiential learning to deepen the work of justice for people of all ages.
“I cannot hide my anger to spare you guilt, nor hurt feelings, nor answering anger; for to do so insults and trivializes all our efforts. Guilt is not a response to anger; it is a response to one’s own actions or lack of action. If it leads to change then it can be useful, since it is then no longer guilt but the beginning of knowledge. Yet all too often, guilt is just another name for impotence, for defensiveness destructive of communication; it becomes a device to protect ignorance and the continuation of things the way they are, the ultimate protection for changelessness." Sister Outsider: Essays & Speeches by Audre Lorde (Berkeley: Crossing Press, 2007)