Solidarity: We Seek the Same Justice
Have you heard anyone talking about justice recently? We certainly have.
Movements around the world have been calling for justice for decades, centuries sometimes. But talk of justice has usually been reserved for radicals, activists, and those on the margins of society. Perhaps, at last, that is starting to change.
We are increasingly hearing calls for climate justice, racial justice, gender justice, economic justice, and much, much more. These growing movements are led by those most affected by the oppression and destruction they seek to end. And while at first farmers in India, queer young people in Ghana, and indigenous climate activists don't seem to have a lot in common, their struggles are deeply connected and intertwined in their struggles against the same systems -- systems that were not only designed to ignore their needs but to crush dissent.
Activists and social change professionals are being brought together around the globe through the realization that they are all calling for the same thing -- Justice.
When we developed the Justice Based Approach back in 2017, we were committed to challenging the silent world of NGOs to go deeper and look at the systemic causes of injustice that they so rarely tackle head-on. We used to joke that we wanted NGOs to act more like activists and activists to act more like NGOs. From the start, we wanted to convene those working for change on the ground and recenter the story of our work onto justice -- taking the radical intentions of the rights-based movement of the 1990s and reenergizing them by recognizing how inju