In recent years, stories of violence and injustice have seemed to dominate the airwaves of news media and conversations. Amidst such darkness, it’s often difficult to maintain hope things could be different, the narrative could change and perhaps we could build a different future for our children and our children’s children—one where we are intolerant of injustice, wage peace on violence and truly love one another. Though our hope may often find itself tested, we believe we have an obligation to respond to the ever-present issues of social justice.
Since 2007, February 20th has served as World Day of Social Justice—a day when the international community works together towards justice for all. This pursuit is no small task. Indeed, pushing back against the cycles, systems and structures perpetuating injustice takes collaboration, dedication and a willingness to identify with those who most often suffer the consequences. Most importantly, perhaps, it takes faith. Faith that even when every 2 steps forward lead to 3 steps back, justice is worth it.
Martin Luther King Jr. has said, “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
Today, was we celebrate World Day of Social Justice with millions around the world, we are reminded of our commitment to fight to overcome violence, poverty and injustice through love in action. It’s always worth the time. It’s always worth it.