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“If you want peace, work for justice.”
Pope Paul VI’s words take on extra meaning as Election Day gets closer. Consider President Obama’s recent spin on that adage:
“If you want more justice in the justice system, then we’ve all got to vote – not just for a President, but for mayors, and sheriffs, and state’s attorneys, and state legislators.”
Voting is essential to our work for social justice. And, as President Obama suggested, all politics are local. That means showing up at the polls in every election, not just for President, but also in off years to elect officials to serve on city councils, school boards, state legislatures, and more because there’s a political connection to virtually every social justice issue. Continue reading “Linking Theory to Practice–Social Justice Practice, that is…”
Guest Contributor: Barbara Perez, President and CEO of the YWCA Greater Cincinnati
In Cincinnati, African-American girls are five times more likely to be suspended from school than white boys and nearly nine times more likely to be suspended than other girls. Nationally, black girls are suspended from school more than any other group of girls and at a much higher rate than white, Asian and Latino boys.
This is one of the consequences of “zero-tolerance” policies which use suspension, expulsion and even arrests in response to a range of school-based incidents. While originally enacted to address cases of violent behavior and drug use, the Department of Education recently reported that 95 percent of out-of-school suspensions are now passed out for nonviolent, minor disruptions such as tardiness or disrespect.
Continue reading “Black Girls and Zero Tolerance: A Call to Action”
UC Social Justice is the blog for the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice of University of Cincinnati College of Law. As part of the Center, our blog is about bridging divides–between theory and practice, our own university and greater Cincinnati, as well as building relationships across the nation and the globe.
This is the place were we will discuss and analyze the law and issues relating to social justice. It’s also where we hope to connect to our growing community of partners and friends.
Welcome to UC Social Justice!