Each one of us can be the change that makes a positive difference in this world.
Choosing to participate can come in many forms, from small acts like treating others with respect or standing up for someone being bullied, to larger acts such as voting or volunteering for a cause that is important to you.
There are many things you can do to make a difference. Use the extensive lists of human rights and social justice organizations to learn more about the issues you most care about, and the ways you might get involved.
When You Investigate Organizations…
There are thousands of organizations around the world doing human rights and social justice work. Some organizations only serve to provide information, while others present the opportunity to see the ways people are choosing to participate. We are not endorsing those listed, nor advocating that you join or work with any of them. There are many ways to participate without being involved with any group or organization.
Any time you are considering joining or working with any organization, it is important to do careful research and ask key questions such as:
- What is the reputation of this organization?
- Has anyone you know worked with this organization, and if so, have they had a positive experience?
- What are some of the strategies and approaches this organization uses? Do you agree with them?
- Have you compared this organization to other organizations dealing with similar issues?
- Does the organization’s website clearly state its goals and mission?
- What aspects of the organization’s values and work do you agree or disagree with?
- How is this organization funded and how much of the money goes directly to programs?
- What specifically would you do for this organization? What role would you play?