· Review your Course Announcements for possible information related to this week’s Discussion and Assignment.
· Review the Learning Resources on social justice issues. Select one to focus on for this Discussion. You may choose the issue that you focused on last week or a different one.
· Use the Learning Resources and any additional resources that you found from your own research to determine how the issue has been addressed thus far (e.g., rallies, protests, policies, and laws), how the public perceives the issue, how power differentials affect the issue, and how to promote social change to address the issue.
BY DAY 4
Post a brief description of a contemporary social justice issue in which you are interested. This can be the same issue that you discussed last week or a different one. With this issue in mind, respond to the following questions:
· Have there been large rallies and or protests related to the social justice issue? If so, have the rallies or protests made a difference in addressing or furthering the issue? Why or why not?
· How have policy, laws, and public views about the issue changed over time?
· Who holds the power on the issue and who lacks the power? What are the implications?
· If you could promote social change in relation to the issue, what would the outcome look like?
Contemporary Social Justice Issue
My selected topic for this discussion on contemporary social justice is empowering the District of Columbia (D.C.) young women of color. Young women of color in D.C. are disproportionately impacted by poverty, lack of educational options, and high crime and violence rates, making this a significant problem. The potential impact on the lives of young women of color in the District of Columbia has led me to label this a social justice problem. Access to high-quality education and healthcare, vocational and professional development, and economic autonomy are all areas where young women of color in the District of Columbia might benefit greatly.
Williams, C. (2018, September). A blueprint for action: Supporting young women of color in the District of Columbia. Links to an external site. https://media.thewomensfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/28165335/WAWF_Report_Blueprint-for-Action_Final_Web-1.pdf