Language Justice

Move to End Violence summarizes the struggle for language justice: “We live in a context where people are discouraged from speaking their native languages, where people have been punished, criminalized and discriminated against for doing so, where thousands of Indigenous languages have been forcibly disappeared across the globe. Language injustice perpetuates violence in the ways that it silences, erases, and dehumanizes whole populations of people. Language Justice allows us to disrupt privilege and colonization, challenging English dominance and Western-centered knowledge, communication, and leadership.


The struggle to achieve language justice has been championed by social justice interpreters, who have approached translation and interpretation from a starting point of justice.<a href="https://www.colorlines.com/articles/these-interpr [...]

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“Generations have struggled to learn, despite efforts to eliminate our traditions and language. Having a strong sense of yourself and your community is a great foundation for learning.”

~ Agnes Chavis, Lumbee Tribe

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Race, Racial Justice and Indigenous Language Revitalization - American Association of Applied Linguistics

Also in this section:
  • Addressing Hate and White Supremacy

  • Criminal Justice

  • Education

  • Food Justice

  • Immigration and Refugee Rights

  • Reparations

  • Voting Justice and Democracy Building

  • Children, Families, and Youth Development

  • Economic Development

  • Employment and Labor

  • Health and Healthcare

  • Media and Technology

  • Reproductive Justice

  • Community Planning: Land and Transportation

  • Economic Security

  • Environmental Justice

  • Housing

  • Philanthropy

  • Trauma, Violence, and Healing

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