The concept of social justice is different for each of us. For JFSJ, social justice is about promoting the human rights for all children through education, community participation and leadership.
Our understanding of social justice, however, is not a hard and fast definition. The most inclusive definition we have seen is: “Social justice is the ability people have to realize their potential in the society where they live.” In your own lives and communities, social justice may mean something different or have a different focus because you recognize needs — and the potential that exists — subjectively.
Kirsten Moller, executive director and co-founder of of Global Exchange, believes that: “Social Justice means no kids going to bed hungry, no one without shelter or healthcare and a free and lively discussion and participation by all people in the political direction and organization of our communities and nation.”
Adams, Bell and Griffin define social justice as both a process and a goal: “The goal of social justice education is full and equal participation of all groups in a society that is mutually shaped to meet their needs. Social justice includes a vision of society that is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure.”
The tie that binds these different definitions is community, respect for each other and building a better world.
Because we believe that the definition and understanding of social justice is subjective, we want to hear from you. JFSJ will be hosting a social media campaign in 2014 and 2015, and we want you to tell us what does social justice mean to you? You can share your thoughts, engage in lively debate and learn from each other on our Facebook page and on Twitter. We hope you will participate and look forward to what you have to say!
We want you to gather your thoughts and answer the question, “What is social justice?”
Share your opinions, engage in discussions, lively debates and learn from one another on JFSJ’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
“Jayme felt that as humans we had the ability and power to do something about these, and that taking action to fight these injustices was the right and responsible thing to do. It is important to spread awareness of these issues so everyone understands how real they are. I feel so fortunate to be involved with Jayme’s Fund and to encourage others too.”
~ Dylan Mahalingam
“We would like to thank you, your board members and the hundreds of people who work to advance the goals of social justice. This important vision is put into action by empowering our students with the Family Relationship Series and the Leaders in Prevention Program. It is because of your support that these programs have been such a success.”
~ Derry Cooperative School District