Social Justice Stories

building compassion, tolerance, and responsible citizenship through social justice narratives

Social Injustice

Do you know of any social injustices that have occurred in your local or school community? Did you or anyone you know take action to right this wrong? Why or why not?

The key to addressing social injustice is action - our collective responsibility as community members to protect human rights, speak out against stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination and stand up for social justice! Although we cannot change the past, you can use what you learned from studying the Holocaust to influence the future.

The activities in this section initially focus on Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination. Next, you have a second chance to investigate and explore human rights in your own local/school community. The Power to Choose and Act asks you to take action! The Gallery Walk encourages you to make the connection between the past and the present and to explore the normalcy of pre-war Jewish life. This connection provides you with the opportunity to reflect upon the life that was taken away and the Holocaust as a social injustice of the highest magnitude. Explore the various ways that you, parents and your classmates and friends can make a stand and be heard about an important issue in your community.

As you think about social injustice, what it meant during the Holocaust and how it relates to your own life and community, reflect upon the following questions:

  • Why is it important that we all use our right to speak out and take action to make our communities a better place to live for everyone?

  • How is this related to your responsibilities as a community member?

  • Is there a particular issue upon which you might want to take action?

  • Who might you ask for help and assistance in your plan to make change in your community?

Take action! Remember, even the smallest acts count!