"Social justice is more than an ethical imperative, it is a foundation for national stability and global prosperity. Equal opportunity, solidarity and respect for human rights -- these are essential to unlocking the full productive potential of nations and peoples.."
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the 2011 World Day of Social Justice
20 February 2011
Social Justice are two key words to my very being therefore I wanted to dedicate this Sunday Song to UN Social Justice Day, which falla today. Queens 'Is this the world we created' is a painful, yet humbling, song which takes a birds-eye view on the principles of the planet and reflects them back for our consideration. As the song asks:
There are many different reasons that people get involved in movements for justice. Within the UK there have been stirrings of something. From a backtrack on cuts in housing benefits to noises about enabling religious institutions to bless same sex marriages there are protests and supporting groups winning. However, this Sunday, - whether religious or not - take some time to consider a simple truth. Over half a million people got active and lobbied hard to protect the forests from being privatised (myself included), can we now show the same passion to ensure things like Disability Living Allowance aren't destroyed or immigration capped all for want of 'a lower deficit'.Is this the world we created?
We made it on our own
Is this the world we devastated
Right to the bone?
If there's a God in the sky looking down
What can he think of what weve done
To the world that he created? (Lyrics by Freddie Mercury and Brian May)
Or is the UK's main campaigning (outside of uk uncut) only concerned with middle class comforts? If so then we cannot claim to be truly campaigning for social justice, just social comforts.