Social justice council
The Social Justice Council was established in 2008. It is an autonomous fellowship which is independent of any established social justice groups. Although we are not affiliated officially with any political or religious groups, we are part of the Community Action Network at Mt.St.Michael’s College under the auspices of the Sisters of Charity and ultimately the Catholic Church.
The mission of the Social Justice Council is to:
- Encourage a tradition of service amongst its members and the College community
- Create awareness of social justice issues arising globally and locally amongst the College community
- Try to ease the suffering of oppressed people through action
On the final dot point, members may wish to raise funds, write letters, lobby decision makers and challenge prejudices.
Group members will decide which social justice issues will have focus for the year.
It is recommended the focus will be in two areas – a local (Australian) issue and a global issue so that the group’s efforts may be concentrated. This is not meant to be an exclusive list and other issues will be discussed according to the group’s desire.
The group will meet once a cycle for the year and people will be elected to service positions within the group at the start of each year.
The social justice issues for 2014 are:
- Raising awareness of the College community about indigenous people and supporting the Australian Catholic University’s Indigenous Unit. The Indigenous Unit comprises people who are studying to complete a Bachelor of Education degree so that they may become teachers.
- Raising awareness of the College community about malaria and the loss of life from a largely preventable disease. The group will support the ‘Aussie for Mozzie’ organisation.