Age of Justice
Age is just a number they say.
But we all know in our society today, it's not just a number. Here at Resist, we financially support hundreds of organizations each year that are at the forefront of the movement for justice. They are the communities that are most impacted by the wrongs they are organizing to right. Two of those communities facing some of the most egregious injustices happen to be on different ends of the generational spectrum.
But young people and elders aren't just sitting by. Oh no, just like all frontline communities, they are organizing and fighting back.
Just this past grant cycle, Resist was excited to give grants to two groups that were new to us:
The Beantown Society "work(s) together to bring peace to the community and social justice to teens all over the city of Boston" and "believes in changing youth's oppression, neglect-ion, rejection, and depression into youth power."
Release Aging People from Prison (RAPP) "works to get elderly and infirm people out of New York State prisons." RAPP "mobilizes currently and formerly incarcerated people, their families, and other concerned community members" and "raise(s) public awareness about the destructiveness of mass incarceration and the benefits to society in releasing aging people."
Ageism is powerful and real. While youth and elders might not seem like they have much in common, to institutions such as militarism and capitalism, the exploitation and oppression of these communities are indispensable.
Thank you to these groups, and many more, that are organizing within and across generations in the pursuit of justice. No matter what the age of the organizers and activists happen to be, we know the struggle of ordinary communities standing up to injustice is ageless.
Saif Rahman, Director of Communications, Resist