Solidarity and activism
“In the face of human suffering, set yourself not only to providing immediate relief, but to wiping out its causes.”
– Abbe Pierre, 1954
Through solidarity, we give immediate help to people who are in crisis. Whether it’s handing out warm meals at a soup kitchen, raising funds for a local foodbank, or donating to the international solidarity funds to help people experiencing poverty. Each of these acts provides immediate support to people when they are most in need.
But the Emmaus movement also endeavours to make lasting change for everyone by fighting to change the systems that have pushed people to crisis point. Solidarity and activism go hand in hand.
In its report ‘Emmaus: Our Voices,’ Emmaus International highlights that poverty isn’t an abstract idea. It is an everyday reality for many people all over the world. Behind the headlines are real people who are being deprived of some of their most basic human rights. But poverty isn’t an inevitable part of life. It is the result of political decisions that impact on all aspects of daily life – from a lack of investment in vital public services, to legal systems that favour big companies over individual workers. Fighting poverty means transforming the system that creates it.
Across the world, Emmaus fights to create a just and equal society in which we protect and look after everyone, particularly those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged. Social activism is a crucial part of this, working to ensure everyone has access to food, water, healthcare, education, housing and all basic human rights.
Solidarity and social activism are fundamental to the Emmaus movement, since they show that together we can make a difference. By overcoming our differences and recognising that we are one, human family, we can work for global justice, peace, and equality for everyone.
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