What is Justice?
The American ideal of JUSTICE is a salient value throughout our constitution.
Yet, America, while comprising a mere 5% of the world’s population, has nonetheless managed to account for 25% of the world’s prisoners. No country, much less one that purports a democracy, has managed to incarcerate so many of its inhabitants.
Further, 1 in every 100 Americans is currently behind bars. The number of people (predominantly poor and of color) incarcerated has risen by over 500% in the last 40 years. Women are the fastest-growing prison population. Millions of children report having a parent incarcerated, and in spite of copious amounts of neuroscience data on brain development, and the impact of childhood trauma, we continue to arrest, charge, and sentence young children as adults.
Most of the people impacted by carceral systems in America, and throughout the world are also the same people who have been most impacted by the legacy of colonialism, slavery, capitalism and varied systems of oppression.
Is this JUSTICE? If no? Then what is?
The lens in which most people answer that question, or work to actualize it, including social workers, will undoubtedly be shaped by viewpoints influenced, and thus congruent with white supremacy!
It is essential that as helping professionals, we recognize that our knowledge, values, and ways of knowing have and continue to be shaped by oppressive and reductionist ideas that are often incongruent with JUSTICE.
Our collective exploration and evolution of JUSTICE is then a necessity in the creation of a liberatory society!
Evolving Justice (EJ) is an educational initiative for social workers, advocates, and concerned people that aims:
- To build community;
- Co-create brave space; and
- Facilitate various dialogue(s) towards the emancipatory exploration of JUSTICE in theory and action.
EJ further believes that central to the aim of JUSTICE is a reimagination of humanity in which no one is their worst action, disposable, or denied an opportunity to fully actualize!
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