Economic justice

Social Justice Summit discusses economic justice – JHS Plank

At Sacramento Jesuit High School, it is an annual tradition to spend a week examining a social justice issue such as mental health or criminal justice. At last week’s Social Justice Summit, students heard a variety of discussions about the realities of economic justice or inJustice.

Guest speakers explained how social justice includes the dignity of all people, the implications of an individual’s actions and their connection to the world, and a nuanced understanding of economic literacy.

In a lecture titled “The Fundamentals of Economics,” Mr. Jordan Brown examined financial literacy from a student’s perspective. Using a quiz that guided students through their spending and needs, students explored their economic realities on a relevant level.

Mr. Brown explained the importance of educating and informing students about the economy, a fundamental pillar that students will need to use to navigate their lives.

“I want students to realize that we are all part of this system of money, production and climate,” Brown said. “I think for this to be manageable, we need to realize our part, and where we fit in, where we can help and where we can learn…and that economic justice is everywhere in every aspect of our lives.”

In another presentation led by Jonathan Fong ’20, Michael Wyant ’20, and Grant Fisher ’20, students examined economic and environmental injustice through the lens of climate change. Students learned about the impact of their own carbon footprint on the environment.

When explaining why this issue is so urgent both as a Jesuit student and also as a young person, Jonathan linked the topic to the core values ​​of the Jesuit Grad-at-Grad mission.

“If we’re aware of our actions and their effects, that’s being intellectually competent,” Jonathan said. “The second is committed to bringing justice which starts with solidarity, so if we know what is happening and we stand with others who are not us but who have these harmful effects, that is the first step towards justice and love We are religious because we live the work of God.

Grant shared how students can turn presentation talking points into action on campus.

“We want everyone to be educated and more aware of our place in climate change and how we affect the climate,” Grant said. “What we can do as a Jesuit community [are] dispose of our waste in the right way or use reusable water bottles.

Michael hopes the presentation will resonate with the students regarding a common humanity.

“I think the most important goal of this presentation was to create a sense of empathy among the student body for those affected by climate change or even marginalized populations in general,” Michael said. “I think going to school here is so different from the rest of the world.”

Theology professor and Christian service director Ms. Sara Brabec, who helped organize the summit, hopes the students will translate what they heard into their lives.

“From the discussions in the chapel throughout the week, we want students to recognize the dignity of all people and discern their vocations and passions with that dignity in mind, come away with an understanding of their own power to effect change through individual daily actions and larger systemic change, [and] deepen their understanding of economic literacy,” said Ms. Brabec.

With the start of the summit, students were encouraged to reflect on ways they can contribute to a functioning economic system and to get involved through volunteerism, political action, advocacy and discernment of their life choices.