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 you cannot change injustices that have already occurred in your community, you can use what you learned from the reading about the actions of the children depicted in the Kids' Power Series to help fight for justice and influence your community's future!

The activities in this section first explore the social injustices that occurred in each of the books included in the Kids' Power Series using the Kids' Power Series: Thinking about Social Justice graphic organizer. This connection helps you to reflect upon the personal meaning of Social Injustice as activity Four Corners: Thinking about Social Injustice encourages you to contemplate the ways in which inequality and/or discrimination has touched you. What Does it Mean in Our School and Community? gives you the opportunity to further develop your exploration of social injustice, to consider the consequences for your local and school community. You then have a chance to actively investigate and explore human rights and social injustice. The Power to Choose and Act asks you to take action in your local community! Explore the various ways that you, your parents, 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 to the children of the Kids' Power Series 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?