Social justice is a sensational topic in this digital era, especially because everyone has a medium to raise their voice about any discrimination, injustice, and inequality happening worldwide. A few months ago, we witnessed how the “Black Lives Matter” movement nearly put fire on the internet.
In this recent situation, when the raging pandemic affects every one of us in some way or the other, social injustice has been rising drastically. To ensure that everybody around us remains unaffected, we have to take the initiative to make it happen. Here are some proven ways to advance social justice in your community.
Find your area of interest
The things we believe in are often taught during our childhood. So, our family belief also plays an essential role in how we engage ourselves in social justice. However, as it is a sensitive issue before you proceed, you should examine your belief that any other external factor does not influence it.
If you want to become a strong ally in the social justice movement, it will require self-reflection, openness to growth, and learning. The subject itself is an enormous arena that you cannot handle single-handedly. Examine how a social activist, a criminal defense attorney, and a columnist raise their voices differently. You can find your own voice, too. But you have to figure out which area moves you.
After you figure out what to do to restore and preserve social justice, the next step is to educate yourself about the particular field. This part can be overwhelming. Adequate research is needed to familiarize yourself, but it will not be very hard if you are passionate enough.
The next part would be to learn about various topics, such as food security, voting rights, gun violence, racial and gender discrimination, and unequal wages so that you can address those issues when needed. You can even have a better understanding of any current issue by learning about its history. A thorough understanding of the subject is a critical step to promote social justice and to take action.
Understand the power of social media
The use of technology can help fuel social justice, and social media is one of the powerful technology weapons to raise your voice against any injustice. We have witnessed a few cases where the world united and brought justice to the system. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms are used to share thinking with a large audience.
You can also engage in various activities like sharing an opinion, posting articles, sharing several experiences. It will help the community to develop, raise awareness about any vital issue and collaborate with others of similar interest. You can even create or join a group for a better reach to people on Facebook. On Twitter, it is easy to stretch a conversation on an issue by re-tweeting.
Practice what you preach
We have already shed light on how upbringing and family beliefs influence a person’s development and openness. Just like charity begins at home, it won’t be wrong to say that social justice starts at home as well. Even if you grow up to be a different person from your family for the better, it is always advisable to start the journey of speaking up on social justice from your home itself.
You can even include your family members, educate them about ongoing issues and help them gain perspective on social justice and human rights. Let your children and younger generation be informed about the facts. Remember, they are the future.
Donate and support
Even if you cannot physically attend a movement or cannot get enough time to devote yourself to the matter, you can still help. Campaigning and volunteering are the greatest ideas to make a change, but NGOs look forward to some financial assistance once in a while to move forward. Giving small charitable gifts and sending a lump-sum amount qualifies as a donation and involvement to the movement.
There are several groups and people who cry out for help for equality and justice, and their voices often go unheard. They may even reside in your local community. Find those people whose messages resonate the most with you. Support their events and camps to make them successful.
The answer to injustice is to take action to fight for what is right. Injustice can break a person entirely if handled poorly. Hence, it is also true if we say that preventing injustice can help improve someone’s life. The list comprises only a handful of ways; there are tons of other ways, too. Help the person in need in every way possible and bring an end to injustice in your community.