Whether you're looking for information on specific social justice issues for a research paper or your own personal growth, CCSJ is happy to supply resources to aid in your search. You are welcome to stop by and browse our library, which is stocked with books on current social issues that may be borrowed for up to three weeks.
The spotlight book of the week is...
The Impossible Will Take a Little While
by Paul Rogat Loeb
As our year comes to a close, many of us are reflecting on the impact we have made to social justice through our work here at CCSJ. As we consider this impact, we may find strides towards justice, but we have not reached the ultimate goal yet. The Impossible Will Take a Little While, a collection of essays by many heroic activists throughout history, will give us hope that the steps we are taking will lead to a better world. Danusha Goska, an Indiana activist with a paralyzing physical disability, writes about overcoming political immobilization, drawing on her history with the Peace Corps and Mother Teresa. Vaclav Havel, the former president of the Czech Republic, finds value in seemingly doomed or futile actions taken by oppressed peoples. Rosemarie Freeney Harding recalls the music that sustained the civil rights movement, and Paxus Calta-Star recounts the powerful vignette of an 18-year-old who launched the overthrow of Bulgaria's dictatorship. These essays can inspire us to remember why we serve and to continue to serve with our remaining time at Loyola and beyond.
Excerpt: “We gain something profound when we stand up for our beliefs, just as part of us dies when we know that something is wrong, yet do nothing. We could call this radical dignity. We don’t have to tackle every issue, but if we avoid them all, if we remain silent in the face of cruelty, injustice and oppression, we sacrifice part of our soul. In this sense, we keep on acting based on our conscience because by doing so we affirm our humanity, not only one core of who we are, but also what we hold in common with others.”
We have also collected articles, videos, and pictures on social justice topics for your use! Click on the following links to access these databases:
- Hunger and Homelessness Database
In addition, we have collected the following useful resources: