The bi-annual social justice forum is a great way to get involved and make a difference

Getting involved in social justice is a great way to help the Society create a better future for the most vulnerable in the community. There are many ways you can get involved.

The Rule encourages Vincentians to speak out clearly wherever inequality, poverty or exclusion are due to unjust economic or social structures.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded, people experiencing poverty and disadvantage have been hardest hit. We are now seeing the effects of historically unjust policies magnified – as is so often the case during crises.

Members of the Vinnies Social Justice Network all contribute to the Society’s efforts to shape decision-making processes towards a fairer future. While each Central Council has a Social Justice Representative, anyone can get involved. You can join the online social justice community, become a conference or regional social justice rep, participate in your Central Council’s social justice network (in Lismore, Greater Western Sydney, Broken Bay, Sydney Archdiocese or Wollongong), attend this year’s social justice forum (May 28), or take advocacy action as opportunities arise.

This year, there will be dozens of opportunities to shape change. A Federal election is on the horizon, while the NSW state election is just over a year away. The people we elect to represent us have the privilege of making decisions, policies and laws that shape our communities. It is important, therefore, that they understand the issues contributing to exclusion, and support the solutions we know are needed. As the election cycle ramps up, we’ll continue the roll-out of Build Homes, Build Hope  – calling for 5000 new social housing homes per annum. We’ll join with other organisations in calling for a stronger social security system and the fair treatment of people seeking asylum. And we’ll walk in solidarity with First Nations people in supporting the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Register here for the Social Justice Forum 2022.

To find out more about the Society’s social justice agenda email social.justice@vinnies.org.au, or visit socialjustice.vinnies.org.au.

 

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