Socializing for Justice: So Just and 37th National Day of Mourning
By Beth Kanter on November 21, 2006
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Socializing for Justice is a new progressive social network recently formed in the Greater Boston area.
Socializing for Justice (SoJust) is for feminists, people working against racism, queer pioneers, genderbenders, environmental agitators, class activists, lefty artists and all people across Greater Boston working for justice in Boston's neighborhoods, America, and beyond.
This newly formed group is building a strong cross-issue network through fun social events - some large, some small. According to one of the group's organizers, Robbie Samuels, "SoJust events let folks hang out with friends, make new ones, find a date, get the scoop on a job, or find out what's going on this weekend - political or social. And the best part is that the SoJust members share a vision of building a more just world."
Their events are focused on social activities - no program, no speaker, just fun! For example, Bowling for Justice, Knitting for Justice, Scrabblerousers (Game Night) for Justice and next up is Cocktails for Justice happening in Boston on November 29th at 6:00 PM. The group's members range from those with little experience volunteering for social causes to "uber-organizers." Participants at events are encouraged to bring flyers about their own social events for the group's literature table. They also provide some structured networking activities such as name tags that say "Looking For" and "Ask Me About."
The group's on-line calendar hosted at meetup cross-promotes social justice-related events in Greater Boston such as the "National Day of Mourning: A Not-So-Traditional Thanksgiving" which focuses attention on the plight of Native people since the arrival of Pilgrims and other European settlers on Thanksgiving day. This is the 37th Day of Mourning and is designed a remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression Native Americans continue to experience.
Beth Kanter is the Blogher Contributing Editor for Nonprofits and Social Change and blogs at Beth's Blog.