Teachers for Social Justice
Organization profile published 1980
Publisher: c/o Michael Arbour/Fintan Kilbridge, Toronto, Canada
Year Published: 1980
Resource Type: Organization
Cx Number: CX2123
Abstract: The Teachers for Social Justice (TSJ) was founded in Toronto in the spring of 1978 in response to the Canadian Catholic Bishops' Pastoral Statement, "A Society To Be Transformed". Their Vision Paper, completed January, 1980, was the result of deep-felt conviction of the need for both personal and corporate conversion in the face of modern structural evils. The members commit themselves, as Christian educators, to challenge the patterns of oppressor and oppressed, rich and poor, powerful and powerless, prevalent in our society. Over the past two years, TSJ members have engaged in planning professional development workshops, in designing curriculum for use in secondary schools, and especially in educating themselves about justice issues.
On Good Friday, 1979, the TSJ sponsored a penitential walk called a "Witness to Hope" through downtown Toronto. by pausing to reflect and pray at five appropriate stations along the way, participants acknowledged their corporate citizen involvement in certain oppressive social and economic structures.
The TSJ, in 1980, formed a coalition with other groups concerned about the arms race. The Good Friday walk therefore culminated at Litton Systems (CDA), Ltd. in Rexdale, where the navigational brain for the U.S. nuclear cruise missile is built.
This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1980.