Welcome

Welcome to this website on social justice. I’m Joan Beckwith, and one of those people who have IDEAS in the middle of the night, many of which seem less amazing in the light of day, but some of which take hold. This website was one of those ideas, and came about when I realised that most of the work I have done as a psychologist and most of the issues I care most about involve social justice.

I decided to call this website 2020socialjustice because the cherished ideals are a bit like 20-20 hindsight, or 20-20 vision, representing a state of perfection that is unlikely to be achieved and yet is still worth working towards in whatever ways are possible. At this stage writing is possible for me though being on the front line is not.

2020 is also a time in the future, far enough away for substantial change, and near enough for realistic commitment. With this in mind, I decided to write this blog until at least 2020, produce at least 20x20 relevant posts by the end of that time, and complete at least 20 of those in any half-calendar year (including those on this website as well as those on the facebook page).

So, welcome to 2020socialjustice where you can:

The 2020socialjustice motto is that ‘thinking is important, being an expert is not, being right is unlikely’. Comments are very welcome through this website, via Facebook or Twitter, or by email to Joan Beckwith at 2020socialjustice@gmail.com.

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In brief ...

In the News – JUNE 2015

June 30th, 2015   

This webpost collates posts from the 2020socialjustice Facebook page during June 2015 that attracted substantial attention, or are otherwise of particular interest to keep on record.

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Living with Disabilities…Struggling with Exclusion

June 25th, 2015   

Guest post…My name is Cheryl McDonnell and I have been living with disabilities for 27 years – my own and those of my daughter. We were in an accident when my daughter was 6 months old. Our first encounter with exclusion was the day we left hospital; a doctor suggested my daughter should go to a home. I followed his advice and took her to my home.

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Fast-track rejection (of refugees) via fast-track process

June 24th, 2015   

“Ali” is an Afghan asylum seeker with little English. He needs to complete 62 pages of forms, answer 184 questions, and provide a detailed statement of his refugee claims – in English, with 28 days’ notice. He is unlikely to be able to manage this. “Ali’s” failure, along with thousands of others who have been in limbo for up to three years, appears built in to the “fast-track” process…Joan Beckwith.

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Reaching for HOPE on World Refugee Day

June 20th, 2015   

Author E.B. White’s letter of hope to a man who had lost faith in humanity resonates on World Refugee Day (Saturday 20 June, 2015) at a stage in our history when restoring hope – in human rights for asylum seekers – is crucial for the collective psyche of all Australians; and, indeed, all humanity.

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In the News – MAY 2015

May 30th, 2015   

This webpost collates posts from the 2020socialjustice Facebook page during May 2015 that attracted substantial attention, or are otherwise of particular interest to keep on record.

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Feeding a community with small change – Woodstock shows the way

May 22nd, 2015   

By adding $0.25 to their supermarket bill, the people of Woodstock (Ontario, Canada) raise $75,000 to $90,000 per year, which is then transferred to cards that are distributed to local folk in need. The cards can be used to buy food and other supermarket supplies. This strikes me as an excellent idea, and I want to see if I can develop something like it in my local Australian community…Joan Beckwith.

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Provoking the law on euthanasia

May 20th, 2015   

Dr Rodney Syme has been deliberately provoking Australian law on euthanasia for twenty years, having assisted thirty deaths since 1996. He describes his motivation in terms of professional ethics, and sees his behavior as a form of non-violent civil disobedience. This post puts his position and its (currently criminal) legal status on record…Joan Beckwith.

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“WHILE I ENJOY NORMAL TUESDAYS” Immigration detention through the eyes of a 13-year-old

May 15th, 2015   

Thirteen-year-old Imogen Senior was not bogged down by entrenched views when she wrote about Australia’s offshore detention centres. Her uncluttered eyes saw children younger than herself in awful circumstances who want to kill themselves – while she “enjoys normal Tuesdays”. This kind of clarity has been hijacked in the adult population, as reflected in responses to Imogen’s letter…Joan Beckwith.

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Freedom of speech? Not if it offends the boss!

May 3rd, 2015   

Freedom of speech is always a hot topic, particularly in relation to the media, and particularly on “World Press Freedom Day” (3 May) the theme of which for 2015 is “Let Journalism Thrive”. Given that, today seems a good time to talk about Scott McIntyre, who was sacked as a journalist for tweets reported to his boss by an MP. No ‘thriving’ for Scott, and not for journalism either, under such circumstances, would you think?..Joan Beckwith.

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Going for a walk…but not through the park

April 24th, 2015   

A woman is killed in a park – women are advised to stay out of parks. A woman is killed on the street – women are told to stay home. Women are killed at home – they should have left, the pundits say. Women are assaulted in immigration detention – they must have been “too provocative” it seems. This post suggests four ways to reshape the dominant narrative about violence against women…Joan Beckwith.

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