Scholars for Social Justice (SSJ) is a network of scholars initiated in the summer of 2017, committed to promoting and fighting for a political agenda that insists upon justice for all, especially those most vulnerable. Comprised of scholars inside and outside the academy, this organization will work in collaboration with movement organizations in the United States and transnationally to mobilize the knowledge, skills and resources of scholars in service of advancing an agenda of equality and justice. Issues affecting poor and working class people, immigrants, women, people of color, Muslims, Arab-Americans, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA and indigenous communities will be our priority. Moreover, SSJ will be especially attuned to using the experiences of these communities to critically engage and question dominant knowledge production and reimagine education at all levels. While all are welcome to join SSJ, the leadership will be comprised primarily of those whose lives and communities sit as the intersection of the most rest attacked from the right.
SSJ stands in solidarity with other movements that have taken to the streets to win a greater margin of justice and to resist neoliberal and right wing populist policies that are wreaking havoc in our lives. As scholars and educators we are particularly disturbed by the manifestations of these trends in the sector of education: rising student debt, the defunding of public education, the marginalizationof the arts and humanities, the casualization of teaching staff, the inadequate labor protections of campus workers and efforts to curb academic freedom and voices of dissent within the Academy.
We encourage critical inquiry that explores long-term sustainable solutions to the problems we now face as a people and for the planet. We understand that a radical rethinking of the major institutions of our societies, coupled with collective action, and anchored in a transnational vision for systemic change, is our most hopeful path forward.