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Remove justice and what are kingdoms but gangs of criminals on a large scale? What are criminal gangs but petty kingdoms? -St. Augustine

The Importance of Justice

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From A civil rights activist

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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From a Former Politician

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” – Robert F Kennedy

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UNICEF reports that across the world, there are over one million children entering the sex trade every year and that approximately 30 million children have lost their childhood through sexual exploitation over the past 30 years.

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From a Philosopher

“Justice alone will never do justice to justice.”–A very brilliant philosopher.

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World Day of Social Justice

The United Nations has chosen today, February 20th, 2012, to commemorate social justice and to challenge people to if be aware of the injustices being committed everyday on a world-wide scale. Here on Rediscovering Social Justice, we each decided to commemorate today by defining social justice and talking about what the term means to each of us individually. If you take the time to read our ramblings, we thank-you, and we also encourage you to share your own ramblings with someone else today as well.

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The Social Justice Phenomenon

Have you ever stopped to think about what the term “social justice” actually means? I know I haven’t, but I’ve been thinking about it lately in light of the fact of how popular the social justice movement has become in recent years. Being passionate about social justice is increasing becoming the “cool” thing to do. Everyone from Hillary Clinton to Demi Moore to my neighbor next door seems to be passionate about something. Why?

Let’s start with the what. To me, the term “social justice” denotes a measure for a particular standard of living (this includes physical, mental, emotional, etc. standards) that Western societies generally find acceptable. Injustice is anything that falls below that measure. I don’t think that there are any all-encompassing definitions out there per se that tell you exactly what all the social justice issues are; I think it’s more of a societal concept that varies from society to society depending on which issues that particular society is faced with. It just takes one person to identify an issue and develop an infectious passion for combatting that particular issue, and a social justice movement is born.

Now that we’ve got the what down, we can move on to the why. Why are people so passionate about social justice? What’s the driving force behind this passion? Continue reading

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In Honor of Black History Month

“If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don’t want a long funeral. And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell them not to talk too long. Every now and then I wonder what I want them to say…Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter.” —Martin Luther King Jr.

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