This article is borrowed from our Women's Study Program:
This outrageous discrimination occurred
THIS VERY AFTERNOON!
Remember those stories about your grandmother not being allowed to vote or
open her own bank account?
That is all in the past, right?
No! No, it is NOT!
An administrator here at The Women's College Seminary contemplated changing her automotive insurance from
Geico to the heavily-advertised 21st Century company.
All was going well during the application process until the company representative insisted that the policy must be in
her husband's name!
She told the company that her husband had his own car with his own insurance and that he would not be
driving her vehicle, but she was told that it is company policy that ALL policies of married couples MUST be
in the husband's name ... not in the name of the wife.
This is only one of the pervasive issues involving treatment of women that the women of today will have to address in
order that our daughters may enjoy true equality in the future.
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|We do essentially the same thing,
although we have a somewhat different
world today. As Bob Dylan wrote,
The times they are a-changin'.
|This is the Human Affair's Program's second incarnation
culturally, and educationally important progressive
program operated by Cornell University from 1969-
1976. As the political climate in the United States
became increasingly conservative, the
University felt secure in simply closing it
down and dispersing the faculty.
SOCIAL JUSTICE and YOU
What is Social Justice? Generally, the concept springs from the writings and beliefs of Jesuit priest Luigi Taparelli in the mid-
1800's and was a refining of precepts of equality taught by St. Thomas Aquinas. Today, it is most often associated with the Roman
Catholic and Episcopalian/Anglican communions (and also with our parent organization, The Love Church Worldwide).
Because "Social Justice" is a spiritual prerogative, it is obligatory that a responsible seminary offer a comprehensive program in the
DEFINITION: Social Justice is variously described as an enterprise or mission whose aim is the creation of a society that
offers its citizens a life of equality, solidarity, and representative governance. This society recognizes, defends, and applauds the
human rights, individuality, and dignity of all.
The Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action offers another definitive view of Social Justice, saying that:
"Human rights education should include peace, democracy, development and social justice, as set forth in international and regional
human rights instruments, in order to achieve common understanding and awareness with a view to strengthening universal
commitment to human rights."
THE HAP PROGRAM FIELD-STUDY CURRICULUM:
> Introduction to Social Justice Program, Lessons to be Learned, Experience to be Gained...and Community Service to be
> Power and Its Ability to Define Social Environment
> Types of Social Circumstances:
This module examines the manifestations of Social Justice and Social Injustice prevalent in society, including: economic (including
poverty and the dissolution of the Middle Class), jobs, professions, unions, gender issues (LGBT), racial/national origin,
religious/cultural background, law enforcement, environmental, political.
> What IS Political? HAP examines the following precept:
"The people who have the most control over us were generally not elected. They were appointed by
people who also were not elected. Unelected people appointing each other to positions whereby they
have life-and-death power over us."
> Campaigns and the Electoral Process: Promises vs. what is actually delivered by politicians after
> Social Justice Leadership: Political, Career Bureaucrats, Human Service Agencies, Religion
> Individual and Group Power to End Injustice and Oppression
> Knowledge Resources: Open government, availability of official documents and procedures, high-speed internet
> Equitable Availability and Distribution of Community / Governmental Resources and Services
prisons and under-represented in positions of corporate and governmental authority, educational,
medical, and other leadership
> Educational Equity
> Workplace Justice: Role of Unions, Unions Under Attack, Gender Neutrality, End of "Glass
> Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice inequities, ability of various socio-economic groups to obtain fair treatment by law
enforcement and the courts.
> Incarceration Studies: This brief module examines the world-leaDing American incarceration rate, racial and socio-economic
imbalances among the prison population, and the prison system as an economic development tool
> Gender-Gay-Lesbian Imbalances in society, including historical, current, domestic, international, cultural, and religious. Will
also feature individual anecdotes
> Values In Society
> The Role of Religion in Social Justice: Conservative churches and religions vs. Progressive, inclusive churches, temples, and
> The Role Played by Social Workers and Psychology in development of societal equity
> Disparity Between Official Government Policies and "Street" Injustices: Examination of "The Rodney King Syndrome",
real-life treatment of economically and educationally disadvantaged citizens, LGBT, physically and mentally handicapped
> Homelessness: Historical and contemporary growth of a homeless population
> Grassroots Organization
> The Arts and Activism
the spectrum through growing societal awareness of Environmental Issues through
ecoomic/corporate compliance, government Environmental Policy, competing and often at-odds
> The Media's Influence on Social Justice: The disparity between Fox News and MSNBC, between The
Wall Street Journal (owned by arch conservative Rudolph Murdock) and the liberal Huffington Post, and local
> The Surveillance Society: Constitutionally "Protected" Rights vs. Government Monitoring of Email,
Cellphone conversations, social networking contacts, movies watched, credit card use, travel, etc.
> Pluralism: Is it practical to work for peoples of diverse races, cultures, religions, etc., to live side-by-side?
> The effect of Social Networking: How Facebook impacts contemporary social outlook, influences political change or
stagnation, and its effect on global issues such as changes in national govern national governments, challenges to dictatorships
> Non-profit Organizations: Their role and management of NGOs, missions, Social Action, and Social Justice Charitable
> Social Policy, Social Service, Social Justice Research
The U.S. vs. Other Developed Nations
> Establishment of Programs and Program Delivery
> Community Project or Practicum
> For Degree Students: there will be a faculty-assisted THESIS, DISSERTATION, or PROJECT
Without Social Justice
for all, we forfeit our
right to be considered
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