We are all global citizens: each of us belongs to multiple communities that overlap with a common center. Our goal? Social justice. Here are some steps we can all take to enact social justice in the New Year.
1. Assume responsibility for your participation
As global citizens, we participate in our immediate and broader communities — whether we mean to or not. Do you know who is making decisions on your behalf at the global and national levels? Do you know if you like those decisions? As peace activist Paul Chappell says, “A democracy is as wise as its citizens.”
Start by educating yourself about — and introducing yourself to — your local representatives. We may be used to being removed from the process, but our elected officials are human beings with websites, phone numbers, and email addresses: hearing from constituents matters! In the United States, visit websites like Open States and Gov Track for updates on current bills and decisions impacting social justice or injustice.