New social justice group seeks input

The Martha’s Vineyard Social Justice Leadership Foundation (MVSJLF), a 501 (c)(3) organization, was incorporated in October 2013. According to a press release, its mission is to “develop strong leaders of social justice by advancing education and awareness of opportunities and individual rights for all members of the Martha’s Vineyard Community.”

The MVSJLF will be surveying Island youth and adults in order to gather information that might help develop policy and set priorities that will help assure “equal treatment of all citizens residing on the Island.”

The group would like Islanders to let them know what they perceive as social justice issues on Martha’s Vineyard. Among topics Islanders might consider are affordable housing, health care access, cost of living, and an increased aging population. The MVSJLF organizers say that they are looking to Vineyarders to “raise awareness of social problems and root causes that could result in practical and ethical problem-solving that would benefit the entire community.”

The MVSJLF invites the public to respond by mail or email with what they perceive as social justice issues on Martha’s Vineyard. Adults and youth are invited to respond with either a brief message or just a few words. Based on the input received, the organization will hold a community forum to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and possible partners with the goal of creating incremental, sustainable change.  

Please mail input directly to MVSJLF, P.O. Box 1536, Edgartown, MA  02539, or email by March 15, 2016.