Thoughts on Social Justice
Social justice is one of those terms that is bantered about a lot…especially in the UU faith. It is assumed that everyone knows what we mean by those two words. To the contrary, I think most of us would have a difficult time defining, much less comprehending, what these words entail….and how that relates to the committee we have here at UUCG.
In this new GNUUS column, I will be breaking apart the different action levels of social justice, so that we all may better understand how to talk the talk and walk the talk. Here are a few working definitions of social justice, just for fun. Maybe some of you have your own definition.
“Social justice involves the struggle to create societies where income, wealth and power are collectively shared rather than concentrated in the hands of a powerful few.” ~Centre for Social Justice
“The fair and proper administration of laws conforming to the natural law that all persons, irrespective of ethnic origin, gender, possessions, race, religion, sexual identity, etc are to be treated equally and without prejudice.” ~Businessdictionary.com
“When you give food to the poor, they call you a saint. When you ask why the poor have no food, they call you a communist.” ~Brazilian Catholic Archbishop Helder Camara, who inspired the movement of liberation theology
You get the idea….
JoAnn Weiss, Chair of Social Justice Committee