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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Note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are advised that this site may include images and other references to people who have passed away. It may also contain links to sites that may use images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased.

 

 

In brief ...

In the News – August 2015

August 31st, 2015   

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

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The convenient fiction of ‘merit-based success’

August 28th, 2015   

The myth of ‘merit’ as a measure of women ‘success’ is a convenient fiction that ignores structural inequalities. Six articles from one edition of a daily paper illustrate the point…Joan Beckwith.

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New, far-right, anti-Islam political party “AUSTRALIAN LIBERTY ALLIANCE”

August 5th, 2015   

New, far-right, anti-Islam political party “AUSTRALIAN LIBERTY ALLIANCE” officially launches on 20 October, 2015. Current Abbott-government politics create an environment in which such a party can flourish, and its international connections may also give it more ballast than previous far-right parties.

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In the News – July 2015

July 31st, 2015   

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

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We stand on sacred ground – a quiz from traditional owners

July 10th, 2015   

NAIDOC Week (5-12 July in 2015) celebrates the history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The quiz included in this post was put together by “Blackfulla Revolution”. They describe it as “a citizenship test to see if people have knowledge and respect in order to have a true connection to our land”. Give it a go and leave your comments.

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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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