Challenge #4: Economic Justice

Challenge #4: Economic Justice

It’s time for our fourth challenge in bringing social justice to our families and kids – Economic Justice.  The challenge is based on the social justice principle: Guarantee Equitable Distribution of Resources. In a just economy people will be compensated fairly for the work they do. In 2016 economic inequality is so extreme that economic […]

Why do we support “Black Lives Matter”?

Why do we support “Black Lives Matter”?

Last week the Black Lives Matter sign in front of our house disappeared. I mentioned it to my 4 and 7 year old kids without thinking. They immediately asked, “Why?” I froze. How should I respond? Luckily they were distracted by something and I got a chance to figure out what I want to say. […]

Race: Just put it on the table!

Race:  Just put it on the table!

Here it is, the end of March, and we’ve only posted once on this month’s theme, Racial Justice! There is so much to say on this topic. WHAT’S UP WITH OUR LACK OF BLOGPOSTS??! Seriously. Sorry, everyone. It’s two things for me—I just started a new job so this month has been one blurry smear […]

Upcoming Chats for Parents/Caregivers

Upcoming Chats for Parents/Caregivers

Parenting for Social Justice Chats at The Putney Public Library, Putney, VT Wednesdays:        March 16th          April 27th           May 11th 6:00pm-7:30pm RSVP for childcare – angela@act4socialjustice.com Do you need ideas for how to talk with your kids about social justice issues like racism, economic inequality, incarceration, homelessness, and gender? Join us for these interactive chats […]

Challenge #3 – Racial Justice

Challenge #3 – Racial Justice

It’s time for our third challenge in bringing social justice to our families and kids!  The theme for the month is, “Treat every person with dignity and respect: Racial Justice.” Teaching our children (and ourselves!) to treat everyone with dignity and respect regardless of the color of their skin is an excellent place to start. […]

Housing Justice Organizations

Housing Justice Organizations

I get to squeeze in one last post this month, since it’s a Leap Year!  29 whole days to talk about and think about housing justice.  How did you do in bringing this conversation to your children?  Before the end of the month I wanted to post a little bit about housing justice organizations. There […]

Can’t afford rent!

Can’t afford rent!

Yesterday my friend shared that she will be paying $450 a month for rent at her new place. Her new landlord said, “The rent is really cheap.” Yes, in this economy that is cheap rent for a safe and clean apartment (in our town much crappier apartments go for $800+). The reality is that as […]

Crenshaw

Crenshaw

I have a new book to recommend, for readers ages 8 to 12.  “Crenshaw”, by Katherine Applegate, is a book about a boy whose family teeters on the edge of homelessness, and the big cat who comes to be his imaginary friend. I special-ordered this one from my library in honor of Challenge #2’s theme, […]

Challenge #2: Housing Justice

Challenge #2:  Housing Justice

It’s time for our second challenge in bringing social justice to our families and kids!  The theme for the month is, “Meet everyone’s basic needs in a dignified way: Housing Justice.” Here are some ideas for reading with, talking to, and taking action with your youngsters. In the upcoming weeks we will be sharing our […]

Taking Back Our Food and Our Power

Taking Back Our Food and Our Power

A couple days ago Birch came home from school with an excited announcement, “Mom, there’s a food drive at my school. The class that brings the most donations gets a pizza party.” So this afternoon we went to the grocery store to buy peanut butter and spaghetti. It was probably the first of many such […]