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Identify Champaign-Urbana social justice responses to “thick injustice.”

Identify Champaign-Urbana social justice responses to “thick injustice.” How are local organizations (on-campus and off-campus) challenging “thick injustice” to make visible the invisible? The responses should highlight local group involvement in institutions (i.e. connection or outcomes from the Champaign County Board, Urbana or Champaign City Councils, planning advisory boards, Student Senate, University of Illinois, etc.); the importance of place (vs. space); and historical context of the issue. In what ways are local groups exercising social justice as a practice?

 

Identify Champaign-Urbana social justice responses to “thick injustice.”  How are local organizations (on-campus and off-campus) challenging “thick injustice” to make visible the invisible?  The responses should highlight local group involvement in institutions (i.e. connection or outcomes from the Champaign County Board, Urbana or Champaign City Councils, planning advisory boards, Student Senate, University of Illinois, etc.); the importance of place (vs. space); and historical context of the issue.  In what ways are local groups exercising social justice as a practice? 

 

Additionally, at the end of your response, write 2-3 discussion questions.  This assignment is 1000-1500 words, and must include documented sources (bibliography at the end).  To receive full credit, post your response to Compass by 5pm on Thursday November 7, and upload the review to your Word Press account. When posting your document to Compass, enter your Word Press website in the comments section.  Please email with questions! dobeler2@illinois.edu

 

 

 

Best,

 
Danny

 

 

 

Refer to the following list of campus organizations and contacts to further explore local practices of social justice.  This  is not an exahustive list and you may add to it.  You may highlight the efforts of one group or of several groups, but be sure to answer all of the above questions. 

 

 

 

  • Graduate Employees Organization – www.uigeo.org/

 

  • Champaign-Urbana Citizens for Peace and Justice: www.cucpj.org/

 

  • Independent Media Center and Books to Prisoners: ucimc.org

 

  • Faith-based organizations and initiatives

 

  • Friday Forum: http://www.universityymca.org/friday_forum/ – Taking on a year-long look at the state of security in America, the Fall Friday Forum series, Beyond Mass Incarceration, will peer deeply into current issues revolving around incarceration and will feature expert views on current issues at the local, state, and national levels. Friday Forum is a weekly lecture series held during the fall and spring semesters that strives to raise awareness about national and international trends and events.

 

  • Carry the Fire: Student organization geared toward ending human trafficking and modern day slavery. Carry The Fire aims to educate the campus community, and equip it with tools to make an impact. https://illinois.collegiatelink.net/organization/carrythefire

 

 

  • Pride: The purpose of Pride is to serve all self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, pansexual, and/or questioning persons and their allies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  https://illinois.collegiatelink.net/organization/pride

 

  • Students for Education Reform: We are a nonprofit founded for students, by students that meets the urgent need for a powerful student organizing body for education reform, demanding change in a system that currently fails millions of students.  We organize education events to spread the word, including school visits, getting involved in the community. We aim to acheive real policy change, thus we can spread the messae help to support policies that will cause change. https://illinois.collegiatelink.net/organization/studentsforedreform/about

 

  • Campus Beyond Oil Campaign: As a grassroots organizations sponsored by the Sierra Club, we are looking to to green our fleets through petitioning, getting student and faculty support, and organize with the administration to help create an oil-free and sustainable future for UIUC.  https://illinois.collegiatelink.net/organization/beyondoil

 

 

Student Groups at the YMCA

 

 

  • Amnesty Internationalis a worldwide organization of more than 2.2 million members working to promote and protect human rights for all people. The UIUC chapter works to carry out this mission through demonstrations, lectures, petitions and letter-writing campaigns to governments at home and abroad.

 

  • Alternative Spring Breakengages students through hands-on, experiential learning with grassroots social and environmental justice organizations. Participants attend service trips across the United States during fall, winter, and spring breaks. These trips as well as pre-break meetings, fundraisers, leadership development workshops, and post-break projects within the local community provide students with opportunities for direct service, activism, and education on a wide range of social issues.

 

  • The Green Observeris the only environmental publication at the University of Illinois, written and published by students. It strives for objective reporting on environmental issues affecting the UIUC campus and encourages all members of the community to get involved in safeguarding the environment.

 

  • Interfaith in Actionworks to bring together students of different faith backgrounds in community service and interfaith dialogue.

 

  • Invisible Conflictsseeks to promote attention and concern to local and international issues and conflicts given little or no attention in the media through local educational events. IC also works in partnership with a community in Pajule, Uganda to support a school for orphan children affected by conflict in Northern Uganda.

 

  • La Colectivais a student organization at the University of Illinois that exists to address the challenges faced by the immigrant community within Champaign-Urbana. Their mission is to advocate social justice and change on behalf of all immigrants while simultaneously serving the community by fostering leadership and providing resources through grassroots initiatives.

 

  • Red Bisonworks to restore and recreate a natural prairie environment and promote natural area rehabilitation. Members get hands-on experience working with prairie, including removal of non-native species, propagation of native plants, seed collection and dispersal, and prescribed burns.

 

  • Students for Environmental ConcernSseeks to educate and inform students and community members about environmental issues and works toward positive environmental change on a national, statewide, and local level.

 

 


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