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 (


Connect with a group of farmworkers who grow food for your restaurant or favorite restaurant (such as Taco Bells Immokalee workers û


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 – 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 –


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, and the GEEZ folks at

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

You May Also Want to Read

  • by Andy Crouch The reward structure of video games—the simulated authority and vulnerability of virtual reality—is increasingly colonizing our interactions…

  • Two of our talented, justice-loving, and much beloved Sider Scholars are graduating from Palmer Theological Seminary, thus completing their time…

Comment policy: ESA represents a wide variety of understandings and practices surrounding our shared Christian faith. The purpose of the ESA blog is to facilitate loving conversation; please know that individual authors do not speak for ESA as a whole. Even if you don\'t see yourself or your experience reflected in something you read here, we invite you to experience it anyway, and see if God can meet you there. What can take away from considering this point of view? What might you add? The comments section below is where you can share the answers to those questions, if you feel so moved. Please express your thoughts in ways that are constructive, purposeful, and respectful. Give those you disagree with the benefit of the doubt, and assume they are neither idiots nor evil. Name-calling, sweeping condemnations, and any other comments that suggest you have forgotten that we are all children of God will be deleted. Thank you!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.