What is Social Justice?
Social justice means equal rights, opportunity, and treatment for all.
- Equity: the fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups
- Access: greater equality of access to goods and services
- Participation: expanded opportunities for true participation of all in the decisions that govern our lives
- Rights: equal effective legal, industrial, and political rights
Social Justice x Service
The Active Citizenship Continuum
The Active Citizenship Continuum shows that the more that we engage with the root cause of why we are serving and why there is a need present in our community, we become more active in our communities. Having a deeper understanding of these issues allows us to be a more active citizens. A lot of people begin learning about these issues through service.¹
Sustainable service is ongoing and meaningful community service that builds relationships and yields positive results for all stakeholders, especially community partners. Sustainable ensures that current community needs and how those services are delivered (in a socially, economically, and environmentally responsible manner) do not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.²
There are many forms of service, including direct and indirect service. Direct service is being in direct contact with the people/agency that you are working with and serving. Indirect service is engaging in helpful activities that don't directly work with the people.
Learn more about social issues here:
If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come here because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.
- Lilla Watson
- “Alternative Breaks & Active Citizenship.” Break Away, 2020, alternativebreaks.org/.
- “Asset Management for Sustainable Service Delivery.” Asset Management for Sustainable Service Delivery , BC Climate Action Toolkit, www.toolkit.bc.ca/Plan-Do/Asset-Management-Sustainable-Service-Delivery.