There are as many ways and causes in which to get involved as there are people on this earth; recognizing our diversity, Justice by the Pen has begun its movement by focusing on seven interconnected social justice themes.
1. What is Global Majority Justice:
Global majority justice is the struggle to create a more equitable world. Although people of color and the “third world” are usually called “minorities”, they are actually the majority of the world. JBP has created this theme to work on issues affecting people outside of the US, such as wars, colonial settlement building, genocides, sweatshop or child labor, farming and land rights etc. We will focus mostly on global issues that we as Americans are perpetuating, either through our foreign policy or monetary support.
2. The Issues
Issues in any particular community will vary. Therefore, local JBP groups will spend time pinpointing the issues they feel are most pertinent to address. Below are potential problems local communities may consider:
- Wars/genocides/revolutions: There are several places around the world that are mired in wars, whether civil or international. The US military continues to occupy and strike other nations, causing death of innocent civilians, while our tax money is directly funding these operations. There are internal conflicts within nations, such as Syria, Sudan, DR Congo, etc. due to revolutions attempting to overthrow a government, tribal fights over land/resources, or civil wars caused by rebels backed by international governments.
- Occupations: Against popular belief, there are still nations currently occupied by colonial powers. Autonomy and self-determination struggles are in need of solidarity and support from the international community.
- Economy: The current globalized economy and transnational corporations have created a new form of interconnectedness. With this global interdependence comes exploitation through organizations such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in the name of “development.” Additionally, capitalism has led to abuse of cheap labor and child labor in the global south through transnational corporations, resulting in perpetual poverty and continued reliance on the “first-world” economy.
- Indigenous struggles: Around the world, indigenous communities’ lands are being targeted for industrial projects such as the building of dams or other infrastructure/ industrial projects, leading to unconsented relocation or unfair compensation for losses.
- Immigration: Individuals who have lived in the US the majority of their lives and have contributed to the economy through honest work and the paying of taxes, are now facing deportation due to inconsistent application of the law.
3. Direct Actions:
Below are a few suggested starting points and direct actions. Each local youth group will identify their community’s needs and solutions. There are three levels of suggested activism.
Choose your ways and get involved: Learn – Advocate – Engage
Advocating and Engaging: Standing up against wars and the powers that perpetuate them takes a long-lasting, consistent, and dedicated movement. Therefore, often times advocacy work and actual “hands-on” efforts are interchangeable direct actions. Activists can participate by publishing writings against US wars, help fund-raise for people undergoing emergency hardships, participate in a variety of creative actions such as theater, movement arts, music and visual arts to raise awareness about specific issues such as land or water rights, join a boycott-divestment-sanctions movement (BDS), help indigenous struggles against the building of dams and other forms of illegal international development projects, protest USAID and World Bank through partner groups. A number of direct actions can be developed from the work being done by United For Peace and Justice, http://www.unitedforpeace.org/issues.