Social Justice Issues

Social justice issues occur globally, nationally, regionally, locally, and within groups. These issues are a result of unequal wealth and resource distribution, unfair treatment of individuals with differing triats (race, culture, sextual orientation, religion, etc), and laws that support segregation.

How to Distinguish Types of Social Justice Issues

Social justice issues can be delineated into two categories, although they are often co-dependent: Inter-Social Treatment and Unequal Government Regulation.

Inter-Social Treatment- this involves treatment of a group(s) of people within the local and regional scale. The basis for this unequal treatment is usually due to a personal belief about that group(s):

  • Racism
  • Sexism
  • Ageism
  • Heterosexism

Unequal Government Regulation- this involves laws and regulations that purposefully or otherwise, discriminate a group(s) from the same opportunities and resources based on differences that are unique to that group(s):

  • Poverty (lacking access to food, clean water, and shelter)
  • Death Penalty
  • Environmental Rights (racism)
  • Access to Health Care
  • Heterosexism
  • Labor Laws
  • Civil Rights (racism and sexism)
  • Access to Education

See “Social Inequality” for further characterization of these two categories.

Pachamama Alliance and The Issues We Face

Pachamama Alliance was formed by a partnership with an ingenious tribe of Ecuador, the Achuar. With the looming threat of big oil taking and destroying their home, the Achuar reached out for help.

Pachamama Alliance’s mission is to change the view of the modern world, in which consumerism is in control and the responsibility for its inevitable consequences are non-existent.

In our case, these consequences are usually a result of unequal government regulation, wherein profit poses more value than people. Corporations are often able to surpass government regulation due to loopholes in within the system. These corporations encourage boundless consumerism and disregard the environmental and social cost. The Achuar, and similar indigenous tribes, are the first to pay the price for this faulty system and will continue to do so if the mindset that drives consumerism is not changed.

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