The Community Justice Challenge is a FREE virtual learning tool designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege and leadership.
Participants will download the Community Justice Challenge App for their phone/tablet or log into the challenge website and interact with four weeks of impactful challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experience and more.
The Community Justice Challenge is intended to help participants discover how inequality affects our community and advance our understanding of equity and justice in everyday life. Participants will learn to identify ways to dismantle these inequities, with a particular focus this year on topics of disability, housing, music and mental health.
Join us in making this year’s Community Justice Challenge South Florida’s largest social justice collective learning experience!
It is both an outcome and a process. As a process, we apply racial equity to policies, systems, structures and institutions by analyzing data so we can identify, uncover and remove barriers that produce disparate (unfavorable) outcomes based on race. As an outcome, racial equity is the condition that would be achieved if one’s racial identity no longer predicted, in a statistical sense, how one fares in society.
WEEK 1 – Disability
WEEK 2 – Housing
WEEK 3 – Music
WEEK 4 – Mental Health
We think the Community Justice Challenge is one of the most powerful interventions an organization can do. It’s the first step to building community and creating an inclusive culture. This journey starts with learning, and the Community Justice Challenge can lead to transformative results, including:
- Building new, positive habits that can change ourselves, our teams, our organizations and our communities
- Taking small actions alongside one another to create momentum and a sense of teamwork
- Creating a profound, elevating experience to increase the likelihood that participants will take action
- Participating in meaningful conversations about achieving equity, identifying injustices and forming solutions to combat them
To organize a Challenge team, first, identify a team captain that can help rally team members and support them with Q&As.
After identifying your captain, please contact Angeline Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org to have your team added to our list of committed teams championing the Community Justice Challenge.
With your team added to the list, the team captain and fellow team members can select your team name and complete their registrations in our Community Justice Challenge! Team captains will also receive a Team Lead Toolkit with branded graphics and challenge tips to share with their teams.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Host a launch event to generate excitement and introduce participants to the benefits and goals of the Community Justice Challenge.
- Encourage participants to use the reflection log provided in the program.
- Teams can meet weekly to discuss and reflect on the Community Justice Challenge together.
Questions to explore could include:
- How did the activities make you feel?
- What were your ah-hah moments?
- What actions have you taken based on the activities? What actions would you like to take?
- What further resources (reading, research, tools and/or strategies) do you need to take action?
Use our conversation guidelines as a way to help people feel safe when discussing their personal experiences:
- What you share within the context of the group is confidential, honored and respected.
- Use “I” statements; no one speaks for another or an entire group of people.
- Avoid critiquing others’ experiences; focus on your own experiences.
- Be honest and willing to share.
- Listen with curiosity and the willingness to learn and change. Resist the desire to interrupt.
- Be brief and share time equally.
- Suspend judgment. Be open to the kernel of truth in each person’s story.