Goal for This Lab

  • Understand GIIP’s definition of social justice and environmental issues
  • Define and distinguish between macro/micro ENTRY and best practices
  • Assist students to explore and refine realistic projects and “need statements”

What is Social Justice?

Social Justice is a process, not an outcome, which

  1. Seeks fair (re)distribution of resources, opportunities, and responsibilities
  2. Challenges the roots of oppression and injustice
  3. Empowers all people to exercise self-determination and realize their full potential
  4. Builds social solidarity and community capacity for collaborative action.

UCB- School of Social Welfare, Symposium on Social Justice

What is Sustainability?  What activities degrade our natural environment?

“Sustainable Development’ is a broad – and often misused – concept that encompasses integration of economic objectives, such as efficiency and prosperity; social objectives, such as equality and social justice; and ecological objectives, such as the conservation and sustainable management of the biosphere.”
Foundation for Sustainable Development, www.fsd.nl

Macro vs. Micro Problems



Violence Against Women Domestic Abuse in SC
Women’s Reproductive Rights Fundraiser project for Planned Parenthood clinic
Labor Rights Restaurant Workers Wage Increase
Access to Education ESL Education Support in Salinas
Environmental Sustainability Overfishing campaign at Lake Washington
Environmental Racism Toxic Waste dumps near Oakland
LGBT Rights Anti-bullying Campaign in Iowa
Minority Rights and Equality Repealing “Stand Your Ground” Law in FL
Immigrant Rights State Advocacy around the Dream Act
Government Transparency Mapping lobby spending on local bills
Conflict Prevention & Resolution Serbian peace camp
Digital Divide Teaching immigrant parents computer skills
Free Speech Edward Snowden Coalition
Justice System/ Prison Reform Anti-Racist Coalition against “Stop & Frisk” Policy

Deeper Examples

Macro Issues #1: Abolitionist Movement

Organizations/ Key Actors involved:  Local Anti-Slavery Societies, British merchants, Quakers and  other “dissenting denominations”- Methodists, Presbyterians, Unitarians, members of British parliament, John Quincy and anti-slavery representatives, Fredrick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, etc.

Best Practices: International political pressure (unitarians), petition, boycott, itinerant speakers, anti-slavery conferences (no women or blacks allowed), books (H.B Stowe)

 Macro Issues #2: Women’s Suffrage

Key Actors and Their Best Practices:

International Woman Suffrage Association (IWSA): Groups divided by political differences to work on lobbying, grassroots organizing, radical civil disobedience, and legal opposition, bi-yearly international congress meetings: exchange of books and pamphlets, letters, visits, speaking tours,

Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU): grassroots recruitment of 86 local women’s organizations, bringing suffragists from NZ and Australia

Second Socialist International (1900): passed first women’s suffrage resolution

Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU): “suffragettes” used radical civil disobedience: confronting speakers, chaining themselves to fences, street demonstrations, imprisonment, hunger strikes

International Council on Women: Tactics for women’s rights included development of machinery for women’s tasks, promoted international communication between women, participated in important International Conferences (league of Nations and Hague Peace Conference)


Free write: Put 5 minutes on the clock and go crazy. Write about a macro or micro problem that you’re passionate about.