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Social Justice

The Social Justice Ministry provides PGC with resources and programming that focuses on affordable housing, fair wages, voting and criminal justice. Throughout the year, the Social Justice Ministry partners with community organizations with expertise and a proven commitment to advocacy in each of these specific social justice areas to bring attention to these important issues and to bring about reform.

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The Social Justice Ministry exists to educate, engage and equip members of Pleasant Grove Church and the surrounding community around areas of Social Justice. The primary areas of focus for the Social Justice Ministry include: Criminal Justice, Affordable Housing, Voter Education, and Fair Wages.

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Social Justice

Providing Resourcing and Programming

Pleasant Grove Church is a member of ONE Wake, a large advocacy group made up of the faith community and nonprofits.

ONE Wake describes itself as an organization “about people: developing their innate skills and ability to work with each other to identify common problems, to find or create workable solutions, and to work together to implement systemic changes within society to achieve the common good.”

As part of its efforts, ONE WAKE works to effect change in the areas of: affordable housing, living wages, education and voting.

Each Year ONE Wake hosts its Annual Meeting which is a prime opportunity for all members of Pleasant Grove Church to become educated and engaged with the important work done by this Partner organization.

Additional Social Justice Resources and Community Partners

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    Criminal Justice

    Criminal Justice is a matter of life and death. The Social Justice Ministry is keenly aware of the direct impact and the collateral impact criminal injustice has on our community and works to partner with local law enforcement agencies to facilitate change through open dialogue and common understanding.

    The Social Justice Ministry also supports and highlights organizations that are working to reform the current criminal justice system and also minister to those that are currently or previously involved with the system.

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    The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice.

    Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.

    LDF also defends the gains and protections won over the past 80 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments.

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    For 40 years, IPMW has helped thousands of women realize their own dignity and worth. Through its chaplaincy programs and services, women have an opportunity to meet their spiritual and religious needs and receive trauma-informed training and care, as well as, opportunities for leadership and creative expression.

    IPWM also provides transition education, which offers evidence-based life skills, job skills, emotional literacy training inside the prison walls and outside in the community while women are still incarcerated and readying themselves for release.

    Finally, through reentry support, women work in partnership with faith-based groups, other nonprofit service providers and area businesses to meet their post-release needs, including employment, housing, transportation, mental health and addiction recovery, and reunification with children.

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    Voter Education

    Being an informed and engaged voter is one way to impact the unfair an inequitable systems that oppress the poor and marginalized.

    The Social Justice Ministry works with ONE Wake and other community partners to provide members with credible nonpartisan educational materials and other general information about voting and the election process.

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    The North Carolina State Board of Elections is the state agency charged with the administration of the elections process and campaign finance disclosure and compliance.

    The Governor of North Carolina appoints the members of the Board of Elections from a list of nominees submitted to the Governor by the State party chair of each of the two political parties having the highest number of registered affiliates.

    Not more than three members of the State Board shall be members of the same political party. The state’s 100 County Boards of Elections conduct local elections, operate voting sites, maintain voter registration lists and handle numerous aspects of election administration.

    The office of the State Board works in conjunction with County Boards of Elections offices to ensure that elections are conducted lawfully and fairly.

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    Democracy North Carolina is a nonpartisan organization that uses research, organizing, and advocacy to increase voter participation, reduce the influence of big money in politics and achieve a government that is truly of the people, by the people and for the people.

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    Fair Wages

    The ability for members of the community to earn a fair and honest living wage should concern every citizen. The Social Justice Ministry seeks to support and highlight the efforts of organizations that advocate on behalf of those among us that may not feel empowered to speak for themselves.

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    Legal Aid of NC helps clients gain and retain safe employment, and secure the wages and benefits they are entitled to.

    Legal Aid of NC provides free information and legal services on relating to the following employment related areas:

    Unemployment: help clients receive the unemployment compensation they deserve.

    Wage Theft: help clients collect the wages that are owed to them.

    Other: help clients fight the denial or loss of occupational licenses.

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    The North Carolina Justice Center is one of the state’s preeminent voices for economic and social justice.

    As a leading progressive research and advocacy organization, the mission of the North Carolina Justice Center is to eliminate poverty in North Carolina by ensuring that every household in the state has access to the resources, services, and fair treatment it needs to achieve economic security.

    The Workers’ Rights Project in particular is fighting to make sure everyone in North Carolina has a quality job and the support they need when out of a job.

    The Project strives to enforce and expand policies that ensure safe workplaces, fair treatment, a living wage, and a strong safety net in times of hardship.

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City and Town Council Websites

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Where the Decisions are Made

The importance and far reaching impact of above areas are the reasons why the Social Justice Ministry encourages all PGC Disciples to be engaged and well-informed citizens.

Staying well-informed and involved in local government and being a Godly influence on the decisions made in your community is both a privilege and an important responsibility. We are blessed to live in a day where much of this information is available at our fingertips.

We can be engaged with our local representative, aware of policing and human resources policies, and attend council meetings and other important events in person or online. It is up to each of us, individually to act.

Social Justice YouTube Videos
  • Voter Education PSA

  • Prison and Criminal Justice Systems Upclose and Personal Discussion

  • Sankofa: Social Justice from a Youth Perspective