Working for Justice

And what does the Lord require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy

and to walk humbly[a] with your God. Micah 6:8

"What is required of ME to ensure that the rights of others are met?"
Haile Selassie (Ethiopian emperor, 1892-1975)
  • Throughout history it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph.

Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Nobel Peace Prize winner, 1980
“The Christian must act together with all men of goodwill, bringing his humble strength to support the building of a world more just and humane. I want to affirm with emphasis: this world is possible. The social order we seek is not a utopia. It is a world where political life is understood in terms of active participation by the governors and the governed in the realization of the common good. We cannot sow seeds with clenched fists. To sow we must open our fists."

Videos to watch and reflect on

Bryan Stevenson on "We Need to Talk About Justice"

Bono on "Action for Africa"

Songs to listen to and reflect on

"Another Day In Paradise" - Phil Collins

She calls out to the man on the street
"Sir, can you help me?
It's cold and I've nowhere to sleep,
Is there somewhere you can tell me?"

He walks on, doesn't look back
He pretends he can't hear her
Starts to whistle as he crosses the street
Seems embarrassed to be there

Oh think twice, it's another day for
You and me in paradise
Oh think twice, it's just another day for you,
You and me in paradise

She calls out to the man on the street
He can see she's been crying
She's got blisters on the soles of her feet
Can't walk but she's trying

Oh think twice...

Oh lord, is there nothing more anybody can do
Oh lord, there must be something you can say

You can tell from the lines on her face
You can see that she's been there
Probably been moved on from every place
'Cos she didn't fit in there

Oh think twice...

"Mr Wendal" - Arrested Development

Here, have a dollar,
in fact no brotherman here, have two
Two dollars means a snack for me,
but it means a big deal to you
Be strong, serve God only,
know that if you do, beautiful heaven awaits
That's the poem I wrote for the first time
I saw a man with no clothes, no money, no plate
Mr.Wendal, that's his name,
no one ever knew his name cause he's a no-one
Never thought twice about spending on a ol' bum,
until I had the chance to really get to know one
Now that I know him, to give him money isn't charity
He gives me some knowledge, I buy him some shoes
And to think blacks spend all that money on big colleges,
still most of y'all come out confused

[CHORUS:] Go ahead, Mr.Wendal (2x)

Mr.Wendal has freedom,
a free that you and I think is dumb
Free to be without the worries of a quick to diss society
for Mr.Wendal's a bum
His only worries are sickness
and an occasional harassment by the police and their chase
Uncivilized we call him,
but I just saw him eat off the food we waste
Civilization, are we really civilized, yes or no ?
Who are we to judge ?
When thousands of innocent men could be brutally enslaved
and killed over a racist grudge
Mr.Wendal has tried to warn us about our ways
but we don't hear him talk
Is it his fault when we've gone too far,
and we got too far, cause on him we walk
Mr.Wendal, a man, a human in flesh,
but not by law
I feed you dignity to stand with pride,
realize that all in all you stand tall

Mr.Wendal, yeah yeah yeah, Lord, Mr.Wendal

Media by John Butler Trio

Critical Analysis - Part II

The Tampa Affair

You are to watch this slideshow. While you are watching the slideshow I want you to write down three thoughts or emotions you felt.
After watching the slideshow you will share one of your thoughts or emotions with the class when the teacher directs you.
You are then to work individually on a process of inquiry researching into the Tampa Affair.
To do this you must answer the following questions:
- When did the Tampa Affair occur?
- What did the government originally say happened in relation to the boat sinking?
- What resulted out of the government telling the Australian people a certain story of the boat sinking?
- What did an inquiry into the boat sinking and original story find out?
- What impact does the Tampa Affair have on you in relation to your opinions and attitudes towards asylum seekers and Australian government policies?

Answer the questions and put them up onto your wikispace.Identify what each song is about?Identify three specific points in relation to the issue from each song.

Light Up Ya Lighter by Michael Franti and Spearhead (the impact of war)

Time is Ticking Out by The Cranberries (enviornmental awareness)

Another Day in Paradise by Phil Collins (homelessness)

Prayer of the Refugee by Rise Against (refugees and their experiences)