You are welcome to join us for a meeting on a Monday evening (see the calendar), or email us at: streamsofjustice (at) gmail.com
Streams of Justice acknowledges the unceded Coast Salish territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil Waututh peoples, on whose traditional lands we live and work. As settlers on the path of justice, we stand against the ongoing colonization of indigenous lives, communities, lands, and traditional life-ways, and support the indigenous struggle for sovereignty and self-determination.
Streams of Justice is a social justice group rooted in the radical prophetic traditions of the Judeo-Christian faith.1 In particular, we draw nourishment from the Exodus liberation of slaves from imperial domination, the prophetic witness against oppressive political power, and the movement of resistance and renewal launched by Jesus and his early followers.
Grounded in this heritage,
Streams of Justice opposes oppressive, hierarchical structures of power, stands in solidarity with oppressed and excluded people, and affirms the human dignity of individual and collective self-determination.
In its ongoing work,
Streams of Justice is committed to education, action and reflection that deepen a critical understanding of political, social and economic power, and advocates for more just distribution of resources and equitable social arrangements.2
Streams of Justice actively pursues a more just, equitable, inclusive, and compassionate society through analysis, action and reflection that exposes and opposes unjust social structures, and opens up space for imagining and advocating alternative possibilities of human solidarity, communal flourishing and care for the earth that sustains all life.
1 The name Streams of Justice is drawn from a text of the Hebrew prophets: “Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” (Amos 5:24). The stream envisioned here is one that doesn’t dry up in the hot summer months, but flows constantly throughout the year. Like the stream, social justice nourishes and sustains the life of the community and all its members.
2 The biblical notion of justice is centrally concerned with the protection, support and care of those who are vulnerable to abuse, violence and exploitation, and susceptible to the deprivation of basic resources. Justice is not limited to fairness in legal and judicial matters. It entails equitable access to resources, sufficient economic means for meaningful social participation, valued input into collective decision-making, ensured personal dignity and mutual respect, and non-exclusionary community practices.