The Racial and Economic Segregation of the Region is the Number One Social Justice Issue of Our Time.
I believe that the racial and economic segregation of southeastern Wisconsin is the number one social justice issue that we face today. All other issues in the region such as unemployment, education, police-community relations, housing - stem from the long-term impact of the racial dynamics of the region.
I am working with the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee to create a response from the faith community to this issue. I will be writing more about this effort as it kicks off in the fall of 2017.
Here are three questions we can be asking ourselves as we ponder this issue:
1. Why has there been little substantive change in racial and economic segregation in the region?
2. What will move the hearts and minds of elected officials and inspire them to become champions of change in this arena?
3. What one law, policy, or funding mechanism must be changed in order to reduce racial and economic segregation in the region?
In the meantime, below is a video presentation on the structural causes of segregation and a call to action for the faith community. I hope you find this 16 minute presentation helpful and informative. And, I hope you will join us as we look for structural solutions to address the structural segregation of this region.
Michael Soika has been a community activist for more than 30 years working on issues of social and economic justice. His work for justice is anchored by his spiritual formation first as a Catholic and now as a Quaker.