Justice

The Justice section will focus on criminal justice news, prison reform, and mass incarceration related issues.

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    Tackling Microaggressions in a Post-Trump Era

    As a member of several online Facebook groups, one trend I noted was the concern from Women of Color (WoC) on the increasing level of micro-aggressions when they posted or commented on the experience of living in a Post-Trump election as a WoC. Posts or comments were and still are commonly met with calls for […]

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    Walking The Walk is The New Activism

    “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein In times of change, challenge, and disillusionment, you might be feeling like you want to stand up, speak up, and protest. If you are a helping professional that urge might be so strong and very deeply rooted in […]

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    Environmental Justice for Indigenous Populations

    Climate change has an inordinate effect on vulnerable populations.  The EPA has published multiple fact sheets outlining the effects of climate change on various vulnerable populations, all of which are populations that social workers encounter. As just one example the health of indigenous peoples are affected by climate conditions because their culture relies on their […]

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    Social Movements Rise From Need

    After the election, I felt a sense of dread. This isn’t so much of a political statement as it is a sense that we just chose a colder and less compassionate way to deal with our nation’s citizens. What’s helping me pull out of this sense of disappointment is watching the human response. I remember […]

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    Since When Did Human Rights Become a Debate?

    There is a worrying trend in popular media, whereby “debate” and “free speech” are becoming synonymous with “listening to hate speech”. This is particularly true regarding two recent votes: for Britain to leave the European Union (Brexit) and for the United States voting for the new president. Some people have suggested that pro-equality activists are […]

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    Recognizing Police Misconduct in the U.S.

    In 1991, Rodney King was detected speeding down a Los Angeles freeway when he led police on high-speed car chase out of fear his probation violation would be revoked for a traffic violation. After pulling to the side of the road, the officers ordered King to exit his vehicle and when a Taser failed to […]

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    Working Full Time but Cannot Afford Food

    As a Wal-Mart employee in Tampa, Florida, David Alvarez was responsible for routinely throwing away food that was past its prime. After completing this task, Mr. Alvarez went home to a dinner of ramen noodles or peanut butter sandwiches, as he could not afford much more on his wage of $9.15 an hour. Although this […]

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    My Block, My Hood, My City Is Combining Social Justice with Service Learning

    Most youth have never traveled outside their own block or neighborhood. As a result, their worldviews are geographically bound and constricted by their neighborhoods. For youth who do not travel outside their neighborhood boundaries, their well-being, sense of self-efficacy, and educational and economic outcomes depend almost entirely on the neighborhood’s infrastructure, socio-economic, and resource characteristics. […]

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