2010 Social Justice Challenge


January 1 – December 31, 2010

Natasha at Maw Books, Amy at My Friend Amy, and Hannah at Word Lily are hosting the 2010 Social Justice Challenge. They have created a dedicated blog for the challenge and write:

Reading opens new worlds to us and can sometimes expose the injustice in our own. We have all been powerfully moved by the injustice we have learned about in books and decided we wanted to host a reading project that would encourage us to learn more about these issues in the world.

The details of the challenge are as follows:

  • We will focus each month on a different area of social injustice in the world. During that month, we are asking that you read something from the list of resources or watch something suggested by that month’s host. That will complete step one of this challenge: Learn.
  • Throughout the month we will also be posting ways you can make a difference in this area. Don’t worry, we will provide several different options at many different levels of commitment. The important thing is to take an action step towards doing something to change things! That fulfills step 2–Take Action.

The hosts of this challenge have created several levels of participation for EACH MONTH of the challenge (participants agree to participate each month, but can customize that participation depending on their own individual needs):

Activist–At this level you are agreeing to participate fully in the activities of the month. You will read at least one full length book as well as choosing something from the other media list. You will also complete an action step. By signing up for the challenge, you agree to do a minimum of 3 months at this level. You do not have to decide which months in advance.

Intern–You agree to either read something from the reading resources (it can be an essay or children’s book) or choose to do something from the other media list. You will complete an action step. You do not have to decide which months in advance.

Volunteer– You agree to read at least one of the recommended blog posts, essays or shorter novels. You will complete an action step. You do not have to decide in advance which months they will be.

Observer — Need a break? Just follow along with the blog for the month. This month has no commitment level. You can only do a maximum of three months at this level.


The dedicated blog has a page for the monthly themes with links to reading and media suggestions (a work in progress!) The monthly themes are as follows (I will enter links after each theme to any posts related to that month’s theme):

January: Religious Freedom

  • Intro post
  • Book Read: Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant (completed January 21, 2010; rated 4/5; read my review)
  • Action Step: Sent a letter to a woman imprisoned for sharing her faith in Christ – read my summary
  • Other Media: Read multiple blog posts, visited websites pertaining to religious freedom (summary of this is included in the Action Step post)
  • Level of Participation: ACTIVIST

February: Water

March: Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

  • Intro post
  • Action Step: Awareness and signed my name to an initiative
  • Book Reads Read: Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons (finished March 24, 2010; rated 5/5; read my review); I Never Told Anyone edited by Ellen Bass and Louise Thornton (finished March 27, 2010; rated 5/5; read my review)
  • Other Media: Read blog posts by other participants, visited numerous websites pertaining to abuse and domestic violence, watched the video posted on the Social Justice Challenge website.
  • Level of Participation: ACTIVIST

April: Hunger

  • Book Read: Impatient with Desire, by Gabrielle Burton (finished April 10, 2010; rated 4/5; read my review)
  • Other Media: Intro with Hunger Photo
  • Action Step: Donated food to a local food bank
  • Level of Participation: VOLUNTEER


June: Genocide

  • Level of Participation: OBSERVER

July: Poverty

  • Book Read: The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz (Completed July 17, 2010; rated 5/5; read my review)
  • Action Step: Joined the Acumen Fund Community
  • Other Media:
  • Level of Participation: ACTIVIST

August: Illiteracy and Education

September: Modern Day Slavery

October: Homelessness and Refugees

November: Women’s Rights

December: Child Soldiers and Children in War

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  1. Yay, I’m glad you’re joining us!

    • Kathy on December 2, 2009 at 15:26

    You’ve joined some great challenges. I hope you enjoy them all!

    • Wendy on December 6, 2009 at 18:17

    Word Lily: I’m glad too…sounds like a fantastic way to spend 2010!

    Kathy: Thanks!!!

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