Activism and Social Justice

Activism and Social Justice

The Web is a fantastic tool for informing yourself about social justice issues, organizing with others, and getting involved in a myriad of ways. This page - always a work-in-progress - is a listing of webpages designed to encourage activism and education.

*Making A Personal Social Justice Plan

Healthy Living
Social Justice Issues
Radical Politics
Food for Thought

The Virtual Vegetarian -
some very good information on vegetarianism and healthy eating
The Vegetarian Resource Group -
recipes, nutrition info, FAQ...
The WebMD Health and Wellness Center -
for help with general health questions

Responsible Shopper -
What does your shopping support? Find out here.

Feeling distressed about sweatshops? Try buying clothes from:
American Apparel, No Sweat Apparel, or Justice Clothing Company.
(***I have a couple of important concerns about American Apparel: (1) They have allegedly tried to stop workers from organizing a union. (2) Their advertising is sexually exploitative of women (and men!).

For menstruating women: consider using cotton, reusable Lunapads instead of disposable menstrual products. It's definitely worth it.

Earth 911 -
Information about water pollution, conservation, and other environmental topics; also, find local resources and information.

*My Earth-Friendly Living webpage -
Suggestions for an environmentally friendly lifestyle.

PETA's Caring Consumer page -
Lists of companies that do and don't test on animals, as well as animal ingredients that are often used

The EPA's Green Vehicle Guide -
find out how your car scores!

Charity Navigator -
Evaluates the financial health of American charities.

  • Social Justice Issues

  • National Coalition Against Domestic Violence -
    As someone who used to work in a battered women's shelter, I have so much to say on the issue that I won't even get into it here. But take a look at this site, especially the section "The Problem", which talks about who batters, why they do it, why victims stay, etc.

    What Do You Know About the Separation of State and Church? -
    a fun and informative quiz.

    RAWA -
    the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan

    About-Face -
    fighting negative images of women in advertising, and promoting healthy alternatives

    FAIR: Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting -
    a media watchdog group which publishes a newsletter and has its own radio show

    Gender-Neutral Pronoun FAQ -
    why and how could we use gender-neutral pronouns?

    A Person paper on Purity in Language -
    a hilarious satire about how people rationalize the continued use of sexist language. I highly recommend reading this entertaining and thought-provoking piece.

    Reproductive Rights -
    by the ACLU

    Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do: the Absurdity of Consensual Crimes in A Free Country, by Peter McWilliams -
    This book can be summed up in one sentence: "Consenting adults should not be put in jail unless they physically harm the person or property of a nonconsenting other." The whole book is online here, and I highly recommend it.

    The Street Harassment Project - includes cards you can print out and give to men on the street who harass you.

  • Radical Politics

  • "So basically, if Republicans weren't hypocritical, they'd be Libertarians."

    Your electoral options:
    Green Parties of North America - peace, social justice, and the environment; The Communist Party USA - a Marxist-Leninist working-class party, working for equality in a socialist framework; The Libertarian Party's webpage - personal and economic self-government; Links to political parties, at Yahoo

    Anarchist stuff:
    I didn't realize I was an anarchist until it was brought to my attention that, according to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, anarchism is:

    1. a political theory holding all forms of governmental authority to be unnecessary and undesirable and advocating a society based on voluntary cooperation and free association of individuals and groups 2. the advocacy or practice of anarchistic principles
    If you've never thought about why government might be more harmful than helpful, you can read Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau.

    Everything you ever wanted to know about anarchy (but were afraid to ask)

    A very well-done Anarchist FAQ, including lots of links.

    The Anarchist People of Color webiste ("The Revolution Will Not Be Mayo-nized") is excellent.

    What do anarchists actually do? Check out Anarchism in Action.

    More information can also be found at the Spunk Library, a huge compendium of anarchist texts.

    Starhawk's Pagan Political Agenda

    Politics of the Future, a page on social change, SF, future studies, utopias, and so on.

    Hakim Bey and ontological anarchism (I'm not even going to try to explain).

  • Food for Thought

  • "Crime, particularly among the poor and downtrodden, is often a last gesture of liberty."
    - Isabelle Eberhardt, The Oblivion Seekers

    "It makes me sad when kids think that individuality means running with a herd of black sheep, instead of a herd of white sheep."
    - Jaffer

    "I have had essentially the same conversation over and over again with many men throughout the years. He will say something about feminism being anti-male, and I will reply that I actually think feminism is pro-female, and it's a little egocentric, isn't it, to think that someone is against you just because they are for themselves. Since this conversation usually fails to make any headway, I have come to the hypothesis . . . that the fixed idea that feminism is anti-male is really a defense mechanism. It is a defense mechanism against a deeper fear, namely the fear that feminism is not about men at all. . . . The fear is that feminism is about women going off to take care of themselves, leaving us men to take care of ourselves."
    - Harry Brod

    "How dare he want me all to himself? Was I an object, to be taken and owned? What kind of anarchism was that?"
    - Emma Goldman, Living My Life

    "It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion, it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the great man is he who, in the midst of the world, keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude."
    -Ralph Waldo Emerson

    "Far from being an expression of natural differences, exclusive gender identity is the suppression of natural similarities. . . . The division of the sexes has the effect of repressing some of the personality characteristics of virtually everyone, men and women. The same social system which oppresses women in its relations of exchange, oppresses everyone in its insistence upon a rigid division of personality."
    - Gayle Rubin

    "For the degradation of being a slave is only equalled by the degradation of being a master."
    - Virginia Woolf

    "Rise up in the cafeteria and stab them with your plastic forks!"
    - Pump Up the Volume

    Take me back to Beth's World of Wonders.