Social justice

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Getting angry (or not) about abuse, injustice, illness

July 22nd, 2017   

I get angry about abuse and injustice, but (so far at least) not so much about my own illness. Friends are surprised by my apparent complacence. I’ve been surprised by their surprise, intrigued by my own inconsistencies, and curious about triggers for other people’s anger.

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What role for ridicule in resistance movements?

March 17th, 2017   

Ridicule works, the meme claims. But to achieve what, I wonder, raising seven questions about the effects (and effectiveness) of ridicule when the aim is non-violent resistance against abusive forms of power.

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Swimming with Tony Abbott

August 23rd, 2014   

No, I’m not trying out for Team Australia, or Team Abbott, or even Team Tony. There’s no danger of that. But I do need to talk about a disturbance of the peace that arose at my local swimming pool around the time he was elected. I reckon there’s some connection, and I would really welcome your input…Joan Beckwith.

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Upbeat stories for downbeat times

May 10th, 2014   

While the Australian government spends like drunken sailors on fighter planes, mega-agencies for ‘border-protection’ and sweeteners for Big Business, it also preaches ‘heavy lifting’ for ‘the other 99%’. Such dispiriting politics call for counterexamples; please feel warmly invited to add your contributions to the four stories in this post…Joan Beckwith.

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Six ways political protest is more than self-indulgence

March 4th, 2014   

I lost faith in the power of political protest on 19 March 2003 – when millions of people out on the streets across the world failed to avert allied invasion of Iraq. At the same time, I do not see rallies as purely self-indulgent, and so diverge from a recent critique of protest in Australia. I still occasionally attend rallies, and here are six of my reasons for doing so…Joan Beckwith.

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Social Justice Calendar

January 2nd, 2014   

The entries in this social justice calendar have come from several sources. Your comments, corrections, and suggested additions are most welcome and can be made at the end of the full post…Joan Beckwith.

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Social justice Christmas wish-list

December 22nd, 2013   

Dear whoever will listen, of whatever religion, could you please attend to the social justice Christmas wish list? With thanks in advance, Joan Beckwith.
Visitors to the site, please feel free to add items to the end of the list. You can do so at the bottom of the full post…Joan Beckwith.

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2020socialjustice is ONE YEAR OLD

November 1st, 2013   

A year ago I knew little about communication technology, and the internet offered possibilities that were both attractive and terrifying. Having survived the first year, I am sufficiently encouraged to continue. I hope 2020socialjustice will become increasingly interactive during its second year, and warmly invite you to get involved. Best Themis blessings, Joan Beckwith.

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Sustaining ideas at election time

September 9th, 2013   

This collection of brief posts first appeared on the 2020socialjustice Facebook page leading up to, and immediately following, the Australian federal election on 7 September 2013, in which Tony Abbott, leader of the Liberal Party, became Prime Minister of Australia. My hope is that this next term of federal politics will mobilise people power…Joan Beckwith.

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Social justice with or without social media

July 16th, 2013   

Why would anyone connect social media, Nelson Mandela, power, wealth, corruption and poverty in Liberia? Not obvious perhaps, but they were all parts of a recent conversation that left me wanting to pull the threads together…Joan Beckwith.

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