Social & Economic Justice

"Human Progress is neither automatic nor inevitable...Every step towards the goal of Justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concerns of dedicated individuals"
- Martin Luther King Jr.

    Social Justice is defined as a set of moral principles that lead the individual to believe that everyone deserves equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities. Social workers aim to open the doors of access and opportunity for everyone, particularly those in greatest need. Economic Justice, a by product of social justice, can be defined as a set of moral principles for building economic institutions, the ultimate goal of which is to create an opportunity for each person to create a sufficient material foundation upon which to have a dignified, productive, and creative life beyond economics. Social and economic justice work together so that individuals, families, communities, and everything else has an equal opportunity to succeed. Unfortunately this is not the reality in which we live in; the wealthiest 1% control 50% of the world's resources, leaving everyone else to work with half of the equation. It is our jobs as social workers to ensure that those who are considered less fortunate and do not have a voice of their own receive the much needed support and resources. One of the best ways to accomplish this is through the process of advocating for social and economic justice.

Code of Ethics & Social/Economic Justice

6.04 Social and Political Action

(a) Social workers should engage in social and political action that seeks to ensure that all people have equal access to the resources, employment, services, and opportunities they require to meet their basic human needs and to develop fully. Social workers should be aware of the impact of the political arena on practice and should advocate for changes in policy and legislation to improve social conditions in order to meet basic human needs and promote social justice.

(b) Social workers should act to expand choice and opportunity for all people, with special regard for vulnerable, disadvantaged, oppressed, and exploited people and groups.

(c) Social workers should promote conditions that encourage respect for cultural and social diversity within the United States and globally. Social workers should promote policies and practices that demonstrate respect for difference, support the expansion of cultural knowledge and resources, advocate for programs and institutions that demonstrate cultural competence, and promote policies that safeguard the rights of and confirm equity and social justice for all people.

(d) Social workers should act to prevent and eliminate domination of, exploitation of, and discrimination against any person, group, or class on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, religion, immigration status, or mental or physical disability.

Advocacy class

a) 2 pictures + quote

b) Definitions of each
    - How they relate to Social Work Practice

c) My experiences with social & economic justice
     - upbringing
     - volunteering at local food bank in H.S.

d) Current expeirences with Social/Economic Justice
     - Education
     - Field Placement
Robert Karpe,
Apr 18, 2015, 11:03 AM
Robert Karpe,
Apr 18, 2015, 11:17 AM
Robert Karpe,
Mar 16, 2015, 2:28 PM