Individually, we can do relatively little about social justice issues, but by joining other people of goodwill around the world in solidarity, through supporting existing national and global organizations (examples listed below) and getting involved in their campaigns and petitions, much can be, and has been achieved. It is easy to become an internet social justice activist! Login to these sites and submit your email address to receive campaign information and petitions for signatures in support of their projects.
ACSJC (Australian Catholic Social Justice Council):
The ACSJC is the official Catholic website for social justice issues. From here you can get information on the social teachings of the Church, a list of current social justice issues, statements and publications of the ACSJC. The site gives a deep insight into the ethical and spiritual basis for social justice action.
Edmund Rice Centre:
The Edmund Rice Centre is involved in a range of projects and activities across the four areas of its operation in research, community education, advocacy and networking. The Centre's objectives are to:
- Conduct and encourage research into the causes of poverty and inequity in society, especially with regard to youth and Indigenous Australians.
- Promote teachings that support awareness, understanding and action in the areas of justice and community issues.
- Promote experiential learning activities through organised and reflective immersion programs in Australia and internationally.
- Encourage the development of skills in advocacy and social action.
- Facilitate liaison and networking opportunities amongst agencies involved in social justice and community education activities.
Robin Hood Tax:
At present, the top rich 1% of the world’s people own more than half of the world’s assets. Taxing the rich by changing national tax laws to redress this imbalance is universally opposed by the politically powerful and rich. One little way to deal with this problem is to implement the Robin Hood Tax. The big idea behind this tax is to generate hundreds of billions of dollars annually by levying a small tax of less than ½ of 1% on financial transactions in the stock markets. If this tax is supported by the rich nations of the world and the funds used to help the struggling developing nations, it has the power to eliminate extreme poverty, put food on the table for all, get every child on earth to school and provide health care for all. Eleven EU member states will be imposing a ‘Robin Hood’ tax on financial transactions in 2016 after it was proposed in 2011 to counter financial crises.
Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP):
JVP members are mostly US Jews inspired by the Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, equality, human rights, respect for international law, and a U.S. foreign policy based on these ideals.
JVP opposes anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab bigotry and oppression. JVP seeks an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem; security and self-determination for Israelis and Palestinians; a just solution for Palestinian refugees based on principles established in international law; an end to violence against civilians; and peace and justice for all peoples of the Middle East.
SumOfUs is a worldwide movement of people working together to hold corporations accountable for their actions and forge a new, sustainable path for our global economy.
Avaaz is a 40-million-person global campaign network that works to ensure that the views and values of the world's people shape global decision-making. ("Avaaz" means "voice" or "song" in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world. Their team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz's biggest campaigns here, or follow avaaz on Facebook or Twitter.
ONE is an international campaigning and advocacy organization of more than 6 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa The facts show extreme poverty has already been cut by 60% and can be virtually eliminated by 2030, but only if we act with urgency now.
Amnesty International is a global movement of over 7 million people committed to defending those who are denied justice or freedom.