Social Justice in the InterMountain West

This blog is not being updated. It is being left open for review,
as an example of what one can do on the subject of social
justice via a google site.
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An Independent blog on
 Social Justice Issues in the
InterMountain West and the World
written and edited by Craig Rock

  (Photo by Lewis Hine on child labor in the U.S, 1911, Library of Congress, click to enlarge. For more collection photos, follow instructions on the SJ Prose, Poetry and Photography Page.) 
An article worth saving
Written by Henry Giroux, featured by Bill Moyers orginally posted by TruthOut

Totalitarian Paranoia
in the Post-Orwellian Surveillance State

A great article on how government surveillance affects our personal and public actions. "Surveillance, in any land where it is ubiquitous and inescapable, generates distrust and divisions among its citizens, curbs their readiness to speak freely to each other, and diminishes their willingness to even dare to think freely."  (quote by Ariel Dorfman.)

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    Green Feather Movement

    Censorship by governments (and more subtly by business) can destroy a society from within.

     This article by Alison Kysia for the Zinn Education project is worth reading:

    "On November 13, 1953, during the height of the McCarthy era, Robin Hood and his band of “merry outlaws” made headlines. Mrs. Thomas J. White of the Indiana Textbook Commission called for a ban of Robin Hood in all school books for promoting communism because he stole from the rich to give to the poor. As a Republican member of the commission, Mrs. Thomas J. White (who is never referenced by her first name) defended her position by stating that “there is a Communist directive in education now to stress the story of Robin Hood. They want to stress it because he robbed the rich and gave it to the poor. That’s the Communist line. It’s just a smearing of law and order and anything that disrupts law and order is their meat.”

    Read More 

    If you are an educator interested in social justice, check out the home page of the 

    Zinn Education Project whose designers believe that "through taking a more engaging  

    and more honest look at the past, we can help equip students with the analytical 

    tools to make sense of -- and improve -- the world today."

    Click here to connect 

JUNE 19, 2014
Once upon a time not so long ago, there was a cold war between the Soviet Union and the United States. Billions were spent on nuclear weapons on both sides. While the armaments industries became rich in the free world, the Soviet economy went under. The country was split up, and the cold war came to an abrupt end. Everyday Americans relaxed for awhile thinking that the American dream would come true and all this extra money and resources would solve the major problems of the day. Colleges around the country offered majors in leisure studies so that Americans could use their extra time creatively. After all, we would have 4 hour work days.

Read this interesting interview with anthropologist David Graeber on who actually was rewarded.


Social Justice Art Show & Forum Series Ends 

To see coverage of previous forums connected to the Las Vegas Social Justice Art Show, click here.
To see examples of art from the recent Social Justice Art Show, Looking the Other Way,  in Las Vegas, click here.

Art on the left created by street graffiti artist named Mogul. 

Universal Declaration
of Human Rights
In times when it's easy to forget justice and dignity on a personal level, it's refreshing to review the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For example, section 1 of Article 25 reads: Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control. To read the entire declaration, click here.
Social Justice Photography  To view this ongoing project, link here.