Welcome to the latest edition of the newest incarnation of the Just Posts, a monthly Social Justice roundtable. Holly and are pleased to serve up a bounty of fabulous posts from around the blogosphere on topics of activism in all shapes and sizes.
I confess that I am currently swamped, sandwiched between work and family obligations, and smothered in mixed metaphors. As such, I don’t at this moment feel like I can write a post that does justice to a topic of social justice. Instead, I had a brainstorm that each month I would feature a song that speaks to some of the issues that affect our world.
I’m not sure why it popped into my head a few days ago, but I have lately been listening to and thinking about the song “Black Boys on Mopeds,” by Sinead O’Connor. Sinead sings of her sadness and frustrations about poverty, racism and social injustice. What has really struck a cord with me, at this time when I am continually adjusting to motherhood, is her longing to protect her child from these harsh realities:
England’s not the mythical land of Madame George and roses
It’s the home of police who kill black boys on mopeds
And I love my boy and that’s why I’m leaving
I don’t want him to be aware that there’s
Any such thing as grieving
If you have a few minutes I invite you to listen to the words. (You can also read the full lyrics.)
And now for our roundtable:
jen at One Plust Two with welcome to the jungle and en route
Elder woman at Elderwomanblog with Just One Shift.
Jarret at Creature of the shade with Stay or go.
Maggie Dammit at Violence Unsilenced with The Beginning.
Erika at Be Gay About It with Violence unsilenced.
Em at Social Justice Soapbox with Take Action: Responding to the Victorian bushfires.
Susie J with Grow and Garden and Share.
la loca at baggage carousel 4 with wrong reason, right vote.
Thailand Chani at Finding My Way Home with Jiho.
Brigitte Knudson with Education Stimulus: What America Really Needs.
Neil of Citizen of the Month with My Once A Year Jewish Rant.
This month’s nominators:
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