Reader Letter: As a community we need to fight for social justice

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Fight for social justice

I recently came away from a 'Conference on Social Justice' in Norwich feeling depressed and discouraged, at learning more about how various segments of society are suffering, as a result of cuts in public services.

Thankfully, I also came away feeling encouraged and energised, having learned more about the many local agencies and charities who are working in Norfolk, to address such inequalities.

It was heartening to hear what they are doing to ameliorate the effects on so many, of living in a nation where (to some) the government seems set on further oppressing those who are muted by their disabilities and disadvantages to fight back.

Additionally, I was greatly inspired listening to Jonathan Moore (Chair of Equal Lives), who has clearly chosen not to be silenced by his disability. His astute analysis of the political machinations, which have massively contributed to the current state of affairs, and his endorsement of direct action, was a great challenge.

As a community, we need a powerful clarion call to make a stand, a concerted campaign for social justice.

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We need to avail ourselves of every legal and moral means to fight the callous forces of self-interest, which are blighting society and adding to the distress suffered by so many in our community.

The agencies and organisations, who do so much to help the poor and vulnerable, have carried the baton of championing the cause of social justice for long enough.

It is time for those of us who are blessed with health, fitness and comparative social prosperity, to take on the task and run with it.


Chestnut Grove