BBQ, Drinks, Justice!

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Come along to the Edmund Rice Centre at 123 Manukau Road on the 21st September for a BBQ and a chance to chat about all things social justice (and everything else!). We are hoping to setup a team of young people who are interested in meeting regularly around social justice issues and doing something about them

NZ’s Universal Periodic Review

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Every 4 years each of the 192 member country’s of the United Nations are examined under a system called the the Universal Periodic Review. The review rigorously looks at many of society operations in light of the 1946 post WW2 agreement on Human Rights. It also gives the opportunities for U.N. members and NGO’s to comment in an open forum about the findings in the report.

Activist Art

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Mauer-betlehemWe can’t do anything to change the world until capitalism crumbles. In the meantime we should all go shopping to console ourselves” – Banksy

Social justice is an expression and action that comes in many forms, art being one that is often overlooked. This month  we highlight some artists whose work is a comment on some current social justice and sociological issues.

One of the richest forms of social comment in the world today is the activist art and anti media movement that looks to highlight the huge amount of advertising we are exposed to everyday. Research tends to say that we are exposed to anywhere from 600-3000 individual adverts in a day. Activist art has given a voice to the constant imagery of consumption and logo’s that bombard our world. Artists such as Banksy have used images to protest against issues such as the  Israeli West Bank ‘Barrier’ and the massive implementation of CCTV in modern cities. Art has had a rich history of comment on social issues such as the Vietnam War, Gay Rights Movement, Materialism and Spirituality/Religion.
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