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Social Justice Connecting the Dots Whitepaper

Social Justice Connecting the Dots Whitepaper

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This is a whitepaper which is a primer to Social Justice. It connects the dots with different types of injustice.
This is a whitepaper which is a primer to Social Justice. It connects the dots with different types of injustice.

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 Social Justice:Connecting the dotsA White Paper by Insaaf 
Javed MohammedFebruary 20, 2012“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter” MLK Jr.“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” MLK Jr.
 
Imagine a world where a few corporations with backing from the government could control thefood we grow and eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, the medicines we take, and themedia we consume. Imagine them tracking your every move, your buying habits, the books youread, the movies and TV you watch; and are familiar with every form of online communicationyou make. Imagine that they control your anxieties and desires, so they can control your healthand well- being, your sex life, and your looks. Imagine women and children are bought and soldfor labor and sexual exploitation, on a scale that is larger than the Atlantic slave trade. Imagineour food supply is tampered with, the land, water, and air is freely polluted without anyrepercussion. And yes, imagine corporations in collusion with governments starting wars, to bring death and destruction not only in far off places, but also at home with our loved ones, and profiting from it. This is not a doomsday scenario; it is the world we live in.There are 1.3 billion people living in absolute poverty in the world, 70% are women. They aredenied education, the right to own property, fair income, and power to have their voices heard.Whereas there are so many with so little, in the free world, Mega-Corporations such asMonsanto, Cargill, Nestlé and Wal-Mart have come to dominate supply chains for food andagricultural goods, from seed to supermarket shelves. Five companies control 90% of the worldgrain trade. Six corporations control three-quarters of the global pesticides market. One third of global grocery sales are controlled by 30 food retailing giants. How could there be such adisparity?Why should I care? Because in this global interconnected world, we cannot have peace,happiness or prosperity, at home if there is injustice elsewhere. All the problems listed are insome way, shape or form manifested at home in the U.S. and in the world. Even though the U.S.is the most dominant military, economic, and media power in the world, we still have issuesranging from poverty to human trafficking. Our influences are widespread, so when Americasneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold. It is in our interest to remedy these ills at home andthrough any way that we influence what goes on elsewhere.“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” wrote Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in hisletter from Birmingham Jail. It is a statement that we need to pay heed to. With the rising trendof a shift to extremes, fundamentalism and terrorism are on the rise. A vocal minority havehijacked the voice of the silent majority. In the name of “democracy” “free markets”,“patriotism”, and other euphemisms peoples’ civil and human rights are being eroded or violated.Both nationally in the U.S. and globally the disparity between the rich and poor, the haves andhave nots is increasing at dramatic speed. George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four novel abouttotalitarian regimes is coming closer to reality through the use fear and coercion. Governmentsand corporations are collaborating to dominate the citizens of the world, economically, politically, and socially. Natural resources that were common property and for the common good are being harvested andsiphoned by corporations or the ultra-wealthy with little to no government oversight. Examplesof this abound. In the year 2000, the World Bank pressured Bolivia to privatize state enterprisesincluding its municipal water. The contract to manage this was given to Bechtel, a large multi-
 
national for 40 years, and the resulting monopoly, high prices and poor service led to the"Cochabamba Water Wars”, where the citizens turned against the government. In the U.S. localmunicipalities oversee drinking water and its quality. However, large multi-nationals like Nestlèand Coca-Cola are able to go into communities, buy land on which natural springs sit and siphonthe water for bottled water sales, with practically no oversight or payback to the localcommunities. First world or Third world, no one is spared this social injustice.There are many common denominators of social injustice. These include areas like corruption,the ever-widening gap between the rich and the poor, environmental pollution, crassconsumerism, human rights and more.Corruption although more commonly found in developing countries, includes fraud, insider trading, lack of transparency in government allowing behind the scenes lobbying and “quid proquo” exchanges including favors and other white and dirty-collar crimes.The financial collapse of 2008 in the U.S. and Europe brought to the forefront, executives andothers getting bonuses and commissions in the tens and hundreds of millions while those in themiddle and bottom tiers, lost their jobs, pensions, homes and more.In the environment, industries continue to not only pollute the environment, but exploit andconsume more than natural cycles can rebuild and correct. Deforestation is leading to massivemudslides, and changes in weather patterns, water shortages, and other destabilization in the eco-system. Chemicals that corporations use and discharge cause many health problems fromAsthma to Cancer. Who really pays for the negligence of these profiteers?Crass consumerism, which tries to define people by their material acquisitions as opposed tosacrifice and spirituality for the social good, is morally bankrupting people. With ample credit,consumers are binging, leading to what has been described as Afluenza. The negative aspects of which lead to more stress to keep up with the Jones’s, poorer health, and debt that most peoplewill be enslaved to for the rest of their lives.To make this consumerism work, one of the tools that has consistently been used is sex. Yes,“Sex Sells,” in more ways than most imagine. Viagra, is sold and prescribed to millions of menneedlessly, by building anxieties about performance. Body sculpting along with BreastAugmentation and other cosmetic surgery is used to sell beauty to women without anyconsideration to the pain, repeat requirements, and risks associated with these procedures. Not only is the feminine body used to sell products and services; but those very souls are soldlike products. Through promise of jobs, marriage, or a better life they are kidnapped from main-street USA, Eastern Europe, South and East Asia covering over 168 countries that either are asource, transit or destination country for human traffickers. Predominantly women and childrenare bought and sold in slave markets into prostitution for the sexual pleasures of “Johns,” their customers. These John’s come in every shape and form, from politicians to armed forces,religious hypocrites, married men, and anyone who feels it is their right to demean another human being for their pleasures. Human Trafficking along with drugs and arms is a very

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