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    2 Feetof Justice 2 Feetof Justice Presentation Transcript

    • Justice: Concern for Social Change
      • Christian “justice” means more than healing the immediate symptoms of poverty. It also challenges us to heal the causes of systemic poverty and institutionalized injustice.
      • Works of Mercy
        • 1. Are concerned with the present symptoms of injustice.
        • Example: Mentally ill person who is cold at night.
        • Give him a blanket
      • Works of Social Change
        • 1. Are concerned with the underlying causes of injustice
        • End the policy of deinstitutionalization
        • 1) Release into society those who are not of danger to self/others.
        • 2) Provide support services
          • CASCADIA support services (there is a year long wait).
      • Works of Mercy
        • 2. Focuses on individual needs.
        • Example: Family Living in a Car
          • Give them temporary housing in homeless shelter
      • Works of Social Change
        • 2. Focuses on changing social structures
        • Portland has lost nearly 1,000 low-income units since 1978 (most recently the St. Francis Hotel (courtesy of Northwest Pilot Project)
      • Works of Mercy
        • 3. Looks for immediate solutions.
        • Example: You see a homeless person passed out from alcohol.
          • Call 911. They will send Hooper Detox Cheers Wagon
      • Works of Social Change
        • 3. Looks for long-term solutions
        • Blanchet House for chronic alcoholics and addicts seeking recovery – shelter provided during process
          • Only can house 18 MEN at a time
      • Works of Mercy
        • 4. Provides a direct help with temporary results.
        • Example: You see a family with children who are hungry at the end of the month.
          • Invite them to eat at St. Francis Dining Hall
      • Works of Social Change
        • 4. Provides indirect help that is aimed at permanent change.
        • Raise Minimum Wage
          • $6.50
          • x 40 hours per week
          • x 50 weeks per year
          • = $13,000
          • Federal Poverty Level for a family of 4 =
          • $16,200
          • Average Amount of time a person would have to work per week to afford median-priced apartment nationally at minimum wage =
          • 90 hours/week
      • Works of Mercy
        • 5. Often involves haves sharing with have nots
          • (“Power Over”)
      • Works of Social Change
        • 5. Often involves the
        • haves and have-nots
        • working together
          • (Power with)
      • Works of Mercy
        • 5. Often involves haves sharing with have nots
          • (“Power Over”)
        • 6. Helps People Survive
      • Works of Social Change
        • 5. Often involves the
        • haves and have-nots
        • working together
          • (Power with)
        • 6. Helps People
        • Thrive
      • Works of Mercy
        • 5. Often involves haves sharing with have nots
          • (“Power Over”)
        • 6. Helps People Survive
        • 7. “Give a person a fish, he/she eats for a day…”
      • Works of Social Change
        • 5. Often involves the
        • haves and have-nots
        • working together
          • (Power with)
        • 6. Helps People
        • Thrive
        • 7. “Teach a person to
        • fish, he/she eats for a
        • lifetime.”
      • … Accompany them to the pond and ensure they get a spot (part three)…