SOCIAL JUSTICE CREATIONS

Call of Conscience

Through a process of developing a clear vision, purpose, and direction, people who heed the “Call of Conscience” are able to expand their numbers in ways that can ultimately result in a mass movement comprised of persons from diverse groups all striving to achieve shared goals.

“Call of Conscience” is being made to connect citizens in our society calling together persons in different groups and organizations to work together to foster a greater level of justice, sanity, and peace in our nation.

 

The “Call of Conscience” is a term that was popularized during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. This concept continues to be used today by various human rights leaders when calling together persons in the general citizenry as well as people in different groups and organizations to work together to foster a greater level of justice, sanity, and peace in our nation and global society.

As a “calling” this concept is aimed at uniting people, who work to foster justice and peace in our world as individuals and/or in various groups and organizations. However, the power of such efforts is often lost as a result of the fragmented and disconnected work of such individuals and groups. By responding to the “Call of Conscience” in a unified manner, people are able to maximize their collective potential in addressing the injustices that are known to adversely impact the healthy development of individuals in marginalized and de-valued groups by ameliorating such injustices in more powerful and collective ways.

With this brief backdrop in mind, the present “Call of Conscience” is being made to connect citizens in our society in general and members of the mental health and education professions in particular. People familiar with this concept understand that the process of the “Call of conscience” begins by bringing together a small group of people who are interested in trying new and more effective ways to realize a greater level of justice and peace in our society by working collectively with one another.

Through a process of developing a clear vision, purpose, and direction, people who heed the “Call of Conscience” are able to expand their numbers in ways that can ultimately result in a mass movement comprised of persons from diverse groups all striving to achieve shared goals.

The first formal “Call of Conscience” took place on Friday, March 13, 2015 during the annual ACA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. At this meeting the persons in attendance agreed to support the National/International Coalition- Building Initiative (Please see the link for this project for more details).

Over the next year, we will cross professional boundaries by reaching out to national social work organizations, psychology associations, social justice organizations, multicultural associations, religious communities, universities, and other institutions whose members may be interested in joining the “Call of Conscience.”

Knowing how many activities and commitments people have going in their lives, a unique aspect of this Call of Conscience is NOT to ask people to agree to work 100% more on 2 or more projects, but rather to commit themselves to participate with others by agreeing to volunteer 2.5% – 5% more of the time they spend at work each week as participants in various action strategies that underlie the Call of Conscience. Assuming that many people work a 40 hour work week (which most of us work much longer) this translates into 1 to 2 hours of volunteer energy being directed to achieve shared goals among those persons who heed the Call of Conscience.

All persons are invited to join in the Call of Conscience movement. More specific information and resources that are relevant for this initiative are available on the Social Justice Creations website.

In the continuing struggle for justice and peace…..

Michael D’Andrea

 

PLANS FOR THE RE-IMPLEMENTATION OF THE 2019 CALL OF CONSCIENCE PROJECT

 

Continuing the National Discussion of
Race, Justice and Peace

2009 Asian American Psychological
Association Convention

Toronto, Canada

August 2009

Implementing a National Discussion on
Race, Justice, and Peace

What are the roots of this initiative, what is
it, and why is it important to do?

The Roots: 2001 United Nations World
Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination,
Xenophobia and Related Intolerance

The conference stimulated an increased
awareness of the psychological aspects of
racism, added language to the final report
generated from the World Conference
regarding the relationship between racism
and mental health, emphasized the need
for expanded research in this area, and
fostered the development of new networks
with other leaders from around the world.

“Continuing the National Discussion on
Race, Peace and Justice Project”

This project arose out of the call for
psychologists/counselors to take action.
Numerous recommendations in the final
report of the World Conference urged
individuals to organize discussion groups
that not only focus on problems related to
racism and other forms of social injustice,
but provided a means to examine ways of
dealing with these forms of social
pathology.

Overview

“Continuing the National Discussion on
Race, Peace and Justice Project”
sponsored by the National Institute for
Multicultural Competence and Counselors
for Social Justice

This project involves sponsoring a series
of 2-hour Town Hall meetings in different
locations across the nation that focus on a
broad range of issues related to race,
justice, and peace in our nation

The purpose and goals of this social
justice counseling intervention

[1] stimulate discussion about how racism
and other forms of cultural oppression
continue to be manifested in communities
across our nation;

[2] encourage persons in diverse
communities across the United States to
describe the psycho-social impact of
racism and other forms of cultural
oppression as they are manifested in our
communities;

The purpose and goals of this social
justice counseling intervention (continued)

[3] increase counselors’/psychologists’
knowledge about what projects/services
are being implemented to address the
problems of racism, sexism, heterosexism,
religious bigotry, and other social injustices
that continue to be perpetuated in
communities across the country;

[4] identify specific roles and strategies
counselors/psychologists can implement to
foster a greater level of sanity, justice, and
peace in our nation.

Four research questions to be addressed
during the format of the town hall
meetings

[1] What are some of the specific
ways that the complex problems of
racism and other forms of cultural
oppression are manifested in the
participants local communities

[2] What is the psycho-social impact
that these problems have on
members of their communities.

Four research questions to be addressed
during the format of the town hall
meetings (continued)

3. What specific programs/services/
interventions are effectively addressing the
adverse impact that racism and other forms
of cultural oppression/injustice has on
members of their communities?

4. What roles would you like to see
psychologists/counselors embrace in
striving to ameliorate the complex
problems of racism and other forms of
cultural oppression/injustice in the future?

Format of the Town Hall Meetings

1- 15 minutes – Introductions by the NIMC
Town Hall organizers/facilitators;
statement of the purpose of this event,
announcement of other locations planned
to participate in the event, and outlining of
the ways in which the town hall meeting
would proceed.

Format of the Town Hall Meetings
(Continued)

15 – 75 minutes – Soliciting input from students,
faculty members, mental health professionals,
and persons from the general communities
where the town hall meetings are held regarding
the [a] specific ways that the complex problems
of racism and other forms of cultural oppression
continue to be manifested in their local
communities and [b] the psycho-social impact
these problems have on members of their
communities.

Format of the Town Hall Meetings
(Continued)

75-105 minutes- Soliciting input from
students, faculty members, and other
persons from the general communities where
the town hall meetings are held regarding the
specific roles and functions professional
counselors, psychologists, and other mental
health professionals are encouraged to play
in ameliorating the complex problems of
racism and other forms of cultural oppression
in ways that foster justice and peace in our
society.

Format of the Town Hall Meetings
(Continued)

105-120 minutes – Summary of the Town
Hall meeting by the NIMC
organizers-facilitators. (Making a
commitment to do 5% more on 1 thing in
the next 30 days NOT feeling that one has
to do a 100% more on 10 different things)

Infusing an innovative mentoring-research
component into the national discussion

A national call for volunteers
qualitative researchers (efforts to
recruit early professionals [assistant
professors on tenure track
positions]) (emphasize peer
mentoring with more experienced
researchers but not necessarily
involved in a great deal of
qualitative research)

An innovative research component into the
national discussion (continued)

Analyzing qualitative data from individual
town hall locations (Columbia University
New York City [February 2008], Honolulu,
Hawaii [March 2008], Boston College
[August 12, 2008], Texas [November
2008], New Orleans [January 2009),
Charlotte NC [March 2009], San Diego CA
[October 2009]

Comparing similarities and differences
across geographic areas

Social Justice – Multicultural
Mini-Convention March 2010

Pittsburgh, PA

 

Reference to PDF

Final MCSICoalition Building Initiative7-2015-2