Understanding the Issues from a Social Justice Perspective
This Libraries event presents the issues from a social justice perspective. That is, we seek to understand how the executive orders and presidential power impact certain groups of people, particularly groups of people who are typically marginalized in our society. Social justice focuses on the fair distribution of resources and opportunities, and on giving to people what is owed to them from society simply because they are human beings. For example, one social justice principle is that all people should be treated with respect and dignity.
As a library, our values and ideals include providing all people with free and equal access to information; we strive to protect intellectual freedom and oppose censorship. In order to achieve these ideals, it is necessary to strive to treat all people with respect and dignity. Today, with the preponderance of fake news and the confusion over what counts as fake news as well as the suppression of open data online, the library is fundamentally concerned with access to factual information, and teaching the ability to discern the truth, so that all people can participate in the democratic process in equitable ways and seek to improve their lives through the use of factual information.
Libraries can also be a source of information for the purpose of civic engagement. This event will provide students with the opportunity to use library resources and the internet to discover factual information in order to become empowered to engage in the democratic process, to improve their own lives as well as the lives of others.
Below are some useful definitions of social justice.