PRACTICAL WAYS TO PRACTICE SOCIAL JUSTICE, from the mischievous folks at Simple Way and GEEZ Magazine

Go out to eat with someone who is homeless, or invite them to your home or cafeteria to eat with you.

 

Leave a random tip (and – why not? – a thank you note) in the restroom at your place of work or study for the folks who clean them.

 

Find out who makes your favorite brands of clothes and if those companies reflect the values of Christ.  If not, write the CEOs a letter asking them to change.

 

Start tithing 10% of all income directly to the poor (http://www.relationaltithe.com/).

 

Connect with a group of farmworkers who grow food for your restaurant or favorite restaurant (such as Taco Bells Immokalee workers û http://www.ciw-online.org).

 

Give your winter coat away to someone who is colder than you are.

 

Ask to see the budget of your school, child's school, or place of employment, etc. What do the workers get paid compared to the administrators? Make sure folks know: if you are proud of the way things are done, affirm the folks who make those decisions; if not, begin a conversation with both workers and administrators about how to improve.

 

Ask where your campus/place of employment/church gets its energy. Is it renewable? If not, propose a plan for moving toward renewable energy (talk to folks at Eastern University û www.eastern.edu – about how they have done it by an optional ecological tax that is tacked onto tuition – it's only a few dollars per student).

 

Write one CEO a month – affirm or critique the ethics of their company (you may need to do a little research).

 

Try sitting in silence for 15 minutes a day.

 

Kill your TV (consider gutting your TV and turning it into a pot for a plant) – or go TV free for a year.

 

Go down a line of parked cars and pay for the meters that are about to expire. Leave a little anonymous note of niceness.

 

Beat a war machine into a plow, without hurting anyone of course (Isaiah 2:4) – NOTE: you might want to plan on a little sabbatical after this one, a little reading and writing retreat – in jail.

 

Write to one social justice organizer or leader each month, just to encourage them in their work.

 

Experiment with a post-oil era by going fuel-free for a week – ride a bike everywhere, carpool, walk or hitchhike.

 

Try reading only female writers for a year (since many of our problems seem to be stemming from men).

 

Go to a retirement home and ask to visit a few old folks who don't get any visitors.

 

Spend some time with someone who cleans your campus/place of employment/church, get to know each other, share your stories.

 

Invite one of the college/office cafeteria staff to your home for dinner.

 

Track to its source one item you eat regularly.

 

Try flushing your toilets with dirty sink water (for a little guide, check here – http://thesimpleway.org/practical/water.html).

 

Buy only used (thrift) clothes for a year.

 

Cover up all brand names, or at least the ones that do not reflect the upside down economics of God's Kingdom.

 

(Hang out with the Simple Way folks at http://thesimpleway.org, and the GEEZ folks at http://www.geezmagazine.org/.)

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