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If the group has chosen an ongoing Faith in Action project, continue to work on it.
Or, do this short-term Faith in Action activity:
News of Injustice. Invite youth to find signs of economic injustice in newspapers and write letters to the editor suggesting ideas for change. Introduce the subject with these thoughts:
Ask participants to look thorough local newspapers and find signs of economic injustice, then write letters to the publications' editors asking government officials or other people in power to correct the injustice. Divide youth into groups of three, give each group a few newspaper and/or magazine pages plus markers, and ask them to circle anything they think suggests economic injustice. Say that they have five minutes to do this, so they will need to work rapidly. They need not read everything on their pages, but they should check at least some articles and some ads. They may be able to find some issues by glancing at the headlines.
If youth have difficulty finding material, offer some ideas to assist:
The articles will not necessarily talk directly about economic injustice. Look for clues that things are not fair; you might have to think a bit to know that injustice exists. You might find an article about a musician or an athlete who is making many millions of dollars while other people eat at soup kitchens. You may find ads for luxury items that only super rich people can afford.
When some groups have found promising material, ask them to share their discoveries with the full group. Do all participants agree that injustice exists? If youth have discovered an injustice they wish to do something about, distribute letter-writing materials and ask each group to write to the editor of your local paper. Say that the letters should begin, "Dear Editor." They should briefly explain what the problem is, identify who should solve it and suggest what might be done. The letters should be brief, polite and signed. Alternately, the group could compose one letter together and sign it as a group.
If the group does not identify an injustice that engages them, suggest a topic, such as establishing a minimal level of economic welfare for everyone, so no one is homeless. Your community may already be involved in a living wage campaign.
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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