Social Justice: What you can do

 "History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was
not the strident clamour of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Let your politicians know! 

  1. Get contact info for politicians
 
  1. Contact politicians and express your passion and concern about the issues
  • write a letter
    • Politicians really do pay attention to their mail. Especially the volume of mail. As letters mount up on an issue, it will achieve greater importance. At the national level, one letter is considered to represent thousands of people’s opinions. The ratio declines as you move down the government hierarchy, but at the municipal level, fewer people write, so the letters still have clout. Your letter does not have to be typed. Handwriting is fine. So is word processing. The key is that your letter is original and not recognizable as a pre-printed message. Always sign your letters. Include your address for their response. Your letter does not have to be technical. You do not have to know everything about an issue to write and express your opinion. It does have to be clear. State explicitly what you want the politician to do. Include a specific question requesting his or her response. If the response misses the point or is inadequate, write again.
       
    • see contact info above for names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses
    • styles of address
       
  • watch for online petitions such as Do the Math
    • the most effective input is a visit, next a personal letter or personal email note, then an online petition
       
  • write a 'letter to the editor' of your newspaper
     
  • contact the media, call in to radio and TV shows
  1. Visit your MP and MPP
  2. Attend a rally

     
  3. Get involved in elections
    • educate yourself on the social justice and poverty reduction policies of each political party and vote accordingly
    • attend town hall meetings and speak up on the importance of poverty reduction
       
  4. Fundraise
    • there are many groups advocating for poverty reduction that could use support
       
  5. Contact Fairlawn Social Justice to ask questions and to find out how you can get involved: FairlawnSocialJustice@gmail.com

Shirley and Rene at the "Stop the Cuts Rally" at City Hall On Oct. 26, 2011. They joined with approximately 10,000 people from all walks of life who were there to say that children and jobs that generate tax revenue are not "gravy"!