Social Justice Challenge

The 2010 Social Justice Challenge is more than a reading challenge. As Amy said in the challenge’s introductory post:

“Reading opens new worlds to us and can sometimes expose the injustice in our own. We have all been powerfully moved by the injustice we have learned about in books and decided we wanted to host a reading project that would encourage us to learn more about these issues in the world.”

This is the crux of why we — Natasha, Amy and I — are hosting this, the Social Justice Challenge.

What is it? Each month has a different theme:

January • Religious Freedom
February • Water
March • Domestic Violence & Child Abuse
April • Hunger
May • AIDS Crisis
June • Genocide
July • Poverty
August • Illiteracy and Education
September • Modern Day Slavery
October • Homelessness & Refugees
November • Women’s Rights
December • Child Soldiers & Children in War

And each month, in addition to reading selections, we’re also challenging participants to take action, to do something to counteract the injustice we’ve been learning about and highlighting that month.

Why am I a part of the Social Justice Challenge? Well, this is why: I am passionate about social justice. I try to live intentionally, conscious of how my choices and actions impact others. My heart is broken by the pain of others, by the injustice in this world.

Join us! Check out the challenge site, which has tons of resources about the individual themes (with more to come!) (and while you’re there, subscribe!), and subscribe to the challenge Twitter account @read4justice.


4 responses to “Social Justice Challenge

  1. Ooooh, hey! Do you think I could swipe this as I plan the English curriculum at CHS for next year? I LIKE it!

  2. (and if so, can I get an advance copy of the reading list, please?)

  3. Oh, I forgot about this challenge! It’s such a great idea, so I hope I can work it in!

  4. I am in on this one. I love to read for pleasure but, to me, it’s important to also read responsibly and with purpose. I do some of that already. What I like about this challenge is that there is a specific focus each month and you have asked us to commit to doing something about that month’s issue. Plus, we are doing it in a community of like minded readers. Good luck to you, Hannah, during this next year. Thanks for being one of the sponsors. If there is anything I can do to help, let me know.

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