Journey Through Injustice offers glimpse into suffering

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    Students slowly wound their way through graphic pictures, videos and posters displaying different examples of injustice faced by the TCU community and the world.

    The Day of Social Justice was created to open students’ eyes to the world's oppressed, according to the event’s poster.

    “It was kind of overwhelming,” Brad Thompson, who works in Student Activities, said. “But it’s still really good to be aware of what’s going on around us and what it looks like.”

    Student social justice organizations were encouraged to participate in the event. It started with a Journey Through Injustice, and students walked though a display for each cause detailing the injustice that a student organization is seeking to combat.

    The organizations that participated were the Camp 14 Project, Love for Lancaster, Invisible Children and the Best Buddies program.

    The Camp 14 Project showed students pictures of a North Korean detainment camp while a video clip of Anderson Cooper on CNN declared it a “modern-day concentration camp.”

    Jack Enright, a senior political science major who founded the Camp 14 Project at the university, said he was hoping to spread the word about his program and the dire situation of many in North Korea.

    Love for Lancaster President James Reed said the Day of Social Justice is important to spread awareness about all injustice in the university community. His organization’s mission is to get to know the homeless who live on Lancaster Avenue, according to the Love for Lancaster website.

    “We want the student body to know that homelessness exists right around the corner,” Laura Posluszny, a junior involved with Love for Lancaster, said.

    The Love for Lancaster display said, “Society sees the homeless as a statistic, but we see them as individuals with their own stories.”

    The Invisible Children display included a video of a young boy from Uganda describing how he wished to lead his country someday.

    Hanging from above were statistics showing the number of women raped and children used as child soldiers by the Lord’s Resistance Army in Africa. Against the wall were black and white pictures of children holding AK-47 assault rifles.

    “We wanted people to see this happening and show the focus on child soldiers,” Meredith Byrne, a junior strategic communication major, said.

    Around the corner, multiple colorful signs hung with the word “retard” written on them. Many used phrases such as “You’re such a retard” or “That’s retarded.”

    This Best Buddies display showed the viewer the impact that the word has, Morgan Vienneau, a first-year psychology major, said.

    “We wanted people to realize how the word can affect those with intellectual or developmental disabilities,” Vienneau said.

    The day also included a “Justice in the Community” panel where community leaders talked about working with the homeless, low-income housing and at-risk women.

    The event ended with the showing of the documentary “Give Me a Shot of Anything,” which follows a doctor in his care for the homeless population, according to the film’s website.

    Ethan Weber, a junior strategic communication major, said the Journey Through Injustice offered him a look at issues outside of his own and taught him to appreciate the needs of others.