Social Justice Challenge

Where you live should not decide whether you live or whether you die. – U2

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Add Your Links for Your Reviews for Poverty Month

July 21st, 2010 · 2 Comments


Reviews for AIDS Crisis theme

May 28th, 2010 · Leave a Comment

Did you read a book, watch a film or read an article this month on the AIDS crisis as part of the challenge?  Please add your direct link to the Mr. Linky below. We will round them up at the end of the month (coming up oh so quickly!)

Thanks so much for your participation!

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May is/was AIDS Crisis month

May 27th, 2010 · Leave a Comment

I really dropped the ball, and I officially apologize: I’ve been a bad host, and I’m sorry. Time got away from me. I am glad to see that some of you have moved forward and posted about this month’s theme without any prompt from me.

I have updated the AIDS Crisis resource page.

Please leave a link to your posts about this theme:

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April 6th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Sometimes when we think of hunger, we get these vague sort of ideas about what it feels like when we’re really hungry and then imagining that several times over and then you have someone who is starving to death. We see pictures of those who are starving and it looks awful, but can we know how it feels?

Kwashiorkor is a childhood protein deficiency disease. Basically what that means is that the child is not getting protein and also essential nutrients. When you see pictures of starving children with their tummies sticking out, this is often kwashiorkor, as an extended abdomen is a symptom of the disease.

It lowers the body’s resistance, making children susceptible to disease even if they receive a vaccination because their body is unable to produce antibodies.

I invite you to watch the following video. It is NOT easy to watch, but I think we all joined this challenge to understand more deeply the injustice in the world…which means we need to understand the pain in the world.

ACTION STEP: Educating yourself today on kwashiorkor is an important first action step. Consider taking time this month to fast from a day’s worth of meals you would normally eat and donate the money you would have spent to an important organization fighting hunger in the world.

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April 5th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Of the many topics we’re covering in the Social Justice Challenge, hunger is one we might all think of immediately when we think of the world’s imbalance.

It’s not comfortable to think about, because most of us have easy access to food. But it is essential to actual living.

To kick things off this month, I’m asking you to post an image on your blog…something you think about when you hear the word hunger.

Find a picture that represents hunger to you, post it (feel free to add a little commentary) and then come back here and add your link. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to find an image and leave the link in comments. Let’s start opening up our hearts to the world of hurt this month’s theme is going to bring us. But don’t worry! The practical steps for this month will be more obvious and easy to do.


Reviews for Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

March 25th, 2010 · 4 Comments

Did you read a book, watch a film or read an article this month as part of the challenge for domestic violence and child abuse?  Please add your direct link to the Mr. Linky below. We will round them up at the end of the month (coming up faster than I thought!)  Thank you so much for your participation!


Today is World Water Day!

March 22nd, 2010 · 1 Comment

March 22nd (today!) is World Water Day.  We covered the topic of water last month but obviously, it’s something that we will never stop learning about or taking action. (Plus, it’s never too late to go back and cover our past topics.)

Thanks to author Mitali Perkins post today, we’ll be adding more picture books to our water resource page.  While at Mitali’s, I discovered this great video in honor of World Water Day.

Take the time to watch it:

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Actor Patrick Stewart Talks About Domestic Violence

March 17th, 2010 · 2 Comments

A five-minute video in which actor Patrick Stewart talks about his personal experience with domestic violence with Amensty International:

A longer thirteen-minute video in which Patrick Steward talks about violence against women:


#gno Twitter Party TONIGHT to Share and Learn Tips to End Violence Against Women

March 16th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Sorry about the late notice on this event, I’ve just found out about it myself this morning.

Mom It Forward hosts a twitter chat every Tuesday night and tonight’s topic goes hand in hand with this months social justice topic:  Ending Violence Against Women World Wide.  Chat begins  Tuesday, March 16, 9-11 p.m. EST (TONIGHT) with the twitter hashtag #gno (Girls Night Out).  You can find out all of the details about the chat on the Mom It Forward site.

I’ll be tweeting under our @read4justice Twitter account.  I hope that you’ll join in!

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“I Chose to Live:” One Woman’s Story of Surviving Sexual Abuse

March 9th, 2010 · Leave a Comment

I just saw this article via Twitter and after reading this beautiful essay on Glamour I knew that I needed to share it with you.

Scarred by years of sexual abuse, Maia Morgan could have given up, turned inward, self-destructed. Instead, she soared away from her haunted past. The story that won our sixth-annual essay contest is heartbreaking and hopeful.

Read it here.

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