10 Things You Can Do To Help End Injustices

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Did you ever hear the saying, “life is not fair” when you were a child? Well, if you are like me and millions of other children you most likely did. Well, unfortunately, that sentiment is true.

Life isn’t always fair. In fact, many times it isn’t fair for a lot of people. The truth is, life is filled with injustices ranging from systemic racism, homelessness, discrimination, and police brutality to unfair workplace practices, inequality with women’s and children’s rights, penal system inequalities, and global issues.

Injustices even occur in everyday life in how people treat each other. This can be extremely frustrating and distressing if you are a young adult who is just beginning to gain insight and independence. It can be quite jolting to learn that the world you thought you lived in is just an illusion – for the most part.

Taking action…

It can be so disheartening that it prompts you to take action, but how? The good news is there are ways you can help fight injustices in the world such as protesting and marching, donating to a worthy cause, speaking up when you see injustices, reaching out to your state representatives about your concerns, and researching injustices that are occurring in the US and around the world.

You can help improve the lives of millions of people simply by your actions.

The key to ending injustices is to become aware and active when you see or hear it. It doesn’t take grandiose gestures to make a difference. Small steps can lead to big changes if enough people take them. Taking these steps, joining with others who share your passion, and staying up-to-date with what is happening in the world can help end injustices so life is fairer for everyone.

It’s been a rough year

Let’s be honest, 2020 has been BRUTAL. Between natural disasters, COVID-19, the killings of African-Americans by the police, and global protests, this year feels like a never-ending rollercoaster that we all want to get off of. There is so much happening in the world that it can spark feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. It seems like injustices are running rampant with no end in sight.

Instead of fretting over the things you can’t change, like natural disasters and COVID-19, you can pour frustration, angst, and boredom (from everything or almost everything being closed due to the virus) into something productive – fighting injustices. Not just one type of injustice – all injustices. It is summer and you have plenty of time, so why not make a difference in this world – or at least this country or your state, town, or city?

How to start ending injustices

So, where do you start? What can you do to help end injustices? Should you protest, donate to organizations devoted to fighting injustices, boycott, or what?

Those are all great ways to help end injustices, but there are also other ways you can contribute to these causes. In fact, listed below are 10 ways you can end injustices that do not involve any of the suggestions above. Remember that small actions can make a big impact if enough people do them. So, pick the one that feels most comfortable for you and go for it!




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Actionable Steps


1

Do your research

Your first steps should be to do your research. Learn as much as you can about injustices in your country and/or throughout the world. Some common issues include: pay inequality, bullying, political corruption, unjust labor practices, international disputes, women’s, elders’ and children’s rights, homelessness, court system injustices, business corruption, etc. It helps to know everything or almost everything there is to know on the topic.

People will listen to and respect you more if you thoroughly understand the cause(s) you are championing. So, research the issues that touch your heart by going to your local library, talking to activists and experts in the field, and/or googling “injustices” in the US and/or around the world. Find out who or what is causing the injustices and who has the authority or power to end them.

2

Vote

I can’t stress this enough – VOTE. If you see an injustice that is politically-motivated – VOTE. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never voted before; vote now. With the next election approaching this is your time to shine! Although the time has passed to register to vote in the upcoming election, make it a priority to register for the next one.
 
This is especially important for young adults because historically it has been this population that has been slow to vote. The right to vote is important and, contrary to popular opinion, your vote means something. It counts. Thankfully, we all have the right to vote now regardless of race, sexual orientation, religion, or gender, so it is important to exercise it. It is one of the most important ways to help end injustices in this world.
 
Do your research and vote for candidates who share your worldview and passion – those who will further your cause and help end injustices. For instance, if you think the minimum wage is too low, look for candidates who share your view and will work to raise it.  

3

Contact your state representatives

Do you know who your state representatives are? Yes? No? If you are unfamiliar with who represents you on the state and federal levels, then it is time to find out. As a young adult, your voice rings the loudest, so use it to help end injustices. Contact your state representatives; call, write, instant message, text, and/or email your congressman and congresswomen, and/or senators and highlight your cause(s).
 
Make them aware of the injustices taking place and ask them for their support. If they do not respond, keep contacting them until they do. If possible, ask for a meeting with them and, if granted, use your voice.
 
Does this mean shouting at them if they are slow to act or react? No! It means respectfully and calmly sharing your concerns with them. They are more likely to listen to your concerns if you keep your emotions under control and stick to the facts. This also applies to letters, texts, and phone calls.
 
Note: If you notice injustice(s) at your workplace or at a place of business, contact your supervisor, HR, or the company’s owner or president to share your concerns. Offer possible solutions and ask for his or her help in changing the environment.

4

Go to council meetings and town halls

You’ll also want to attend your local council meetings and town halls. Going to these meetings will help you identify policy discrepancies and support those being left behind, discriminated against, or dismissed. It allows you to be an advocate for the “voiceless.” This is also a good way to learn more about your city or state so you can offer realistic suggestions on how to make policies and laws fairer for all residents.
 
Note: It will also help you meet others who share your passion(s) and goals. So, go to your state government website, identify the next meeting, and make plans to go with someone of your like-minded friends and loved ones.

5

Become a social justice advocate

Another way you can help end injustices is to become a social justice advocate. In other words, volunteer. Volunteer at an organization that cares about the same things you care about. If you feel “called” to help abused or neglected children, elders, women, or disabled or oppressed individuals become a guardian ad litem who advocates for them in court.
 
Becoming an advocate could include gathering signatures for petitions to get a certain candidate on a ballot or to raise money for a certain cause, posting signs throughout town to highlight injustices, asking for support from representatives and the public, speaking up on behalf of oppressed or disabled individuals, protesting or marching, and/or organizing seminars, classes, or conferences to bring attention to these injustices.

6

Be an example

Treat others how you would like to be treated. Work on your own behavior. Make positive changes in how you behave around others. In other words, try not to contribute to, endorse, or ignore unfair, discriminatory, or racist behaviors in yourself or in others. For instance, if racism bothers you, take an in-depth look within and figure out ways you can be fairer and less discriminatory towards people of different races in your life or in your community.

7

Speak up!

Don’t stay silent! Speak up! Use your voice to fight against injustices and discriminatory practices in your family, friend circles, neighborhood, on social media posts, at your workplace or at places of business, in congress, and/or at school. In other words, speak up anywhere you see or hear injustice, racism, or discrimination. Don’t stay silent because silence is complicity. The truth is injustice is everywhere and when you speak up you let others know that their words and behaviors are unacceptable. When you speak up you help end injustices.
 
This is especially true if you are a part of the “majority.” Your voice is especially important when it comes to causes that affect “minority” communities. Other people in your population are more likely to listen to you than the oppressed, so it is extremely important that you conqueror your fear of “going against the fray” and speak up.
 
So, if a friend makes a racist comment, speak up and let him or her know that you will not tolerate those types of comments. That’s how you fight injustices – one person or situation at a time.   

8

Start a conversation

Talk about injustices with friends, loved ones, people in your community, co-workers and peers, strangers, and even state representatives and congressmen and congresswomen. Start a conversation about what is happening in the country and/or the world. Be open and honest about what you are seeing and ask them if they have noticed something similar.
 
It could be that some people are simply unaware of what is happening in certain communities because they do not belong to them. Thus, starting a conversation about some of the issues you are seeing may prompt them to act as well. Discussing these issues is a good way to encourage justice for oppressed, ignored, or dismissed people.
 
Note: Not everyone is going to want to have this conversation with you and that is okay. Don’t press the issue, just move on. There will be plenty more people who will – whether it’s on social media or in your family, friend circle, or the community at large. Look for people who want to learn and want to hear what you have to say and engage with them. Share with them what you have observed and ask for their support to make changes.

9

Go to the media

If you don’t feel that you are making head-way, go to the media. You will definitely garner mass attention by alerting the media to local injustices, those within the US, and even those abroad. This can alert the public of what is really happening in their cities, towns, states, the US, or even the world. Showcase your concerns by writing letters, calling, or emailing newspapers, radio stations, and/or news stations.

10

Offer realistic solutions

Offer “doable” suggestions on how to end injustices. Don’t just complain without offering realistic solutions. Why? Because the first thing you are going to hear from those who want to dismiss your concerns is, “So, you don’t like what’s happening…what do you propose then?” That is why you’ll need logical propositions. This is not the time to rely on your emotions. You’ll need thought-out solutions to peak the interests of others.
 
So, once again – do your research. For instance, if police brutality concerns you, you’ll need to come up with alternative ways that police can address crime that do not involve excessive force. The only way you will be taken seriously is if you are knowledgeable about the topic and can offer viable solutions or alternatives to help remedy the problem.

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About the Author


Dr. R. Y. Langham

Dr. R. Y. Langham

Ph.D. in Family Psychology

Ree has a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy (M.M.F.T.) and a Ph.D. in Family Psychology. She spent over ten years counseling families, couples, individuals, and children on adjustment issues such as blended families, same-sex couples, dysfunctional family relationships, relationship issues, etc. Now she writes for famous health organizations and is a published author.
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