‘Justice League’ aims to right the wrongs

October 27, 2008

The members of a newly formed campus group, The Justice League may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound or move faster than a speeding bullet.

But they are planning to do their part to stamp out social injustice during a week of events and activities, called “Justice Week,” Nov. 10-14, at venues across campus.

The team’s president, Claire Turpel ’10, said the group hopes its efforts can raise awareness about a wide range of social injustices – such as racial prejudices, human rights abuses and ignorance about the environment – by encouraging students, faculty, and the public to gain better understandings of each other’s differences and learn how to get involved to help eradicate society’s ills.

“It’s astonishing … the apathy,” said Turpel, a Political Science major who is president of the Justice League as well as the campus Amnesty International group. “We’re hoping to reinvigorate people.”

Turpel added that it’s easy to get tied up in campus life and that sometimes people forget about the big picture issues that are brewing in the world.

The Justice League is a group made up of the presidents of nine campus organizations – Active Minds, Allies, Amnesty International, the Black Student Union, the College Democrats, the College Republicans, the Environmental Action Club, the International Club, and the Women’s Issues Group.

“Justice Week” activities are free and open to the public:

Nov. 10
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Learn about – and taste – locally grown food, Englar Dining Hall
6-8 p.m.: Kickoff party, Ensor Lounge

Nov. 11
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Amnesty International demonstration, Red Square
7-8pm: “Disenfranchisement Hot Chocolate,” Ensor Lounge
8 p.m.: Movie Screening, “Fern Gully,” Decker Auditorium

Nov. 12
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Recycle games, Ensor Lounge
8-10 p.m.: Open forum, Ensor Lounge

Nov. 13
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Trash Quest and Tie-dye making in Red Square
9:15 p.m.: Movie Screening, “Dead Man Walking,” Decker Auditorium

Nov. 14
7-10 p.m.: “Social Justice” Trivia, Ensor Lounge