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Social Justice is defined by Oxford Dictionaries as justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society.”
The cool thing about The Show Me Justice Film Festival is the array of films that will come in covering so many different social justice issues. said the following about Social Justice Issues “Social justice issues occur globally, nationally, regionally, locally, and within groups. These issues are a result of unequal wealth and resource distribution, unfair treatment of individuals with differing triats (race, culture, sextual orientation, religion, etc), and laws that support segregation.”  The fact that UCM is not only putting on their own film festival, but raising awareness in the process by choosing the broad, important topic/issue of Social Justice  (or injustice with most cases) is quite awesome. Kind of going off this past week where UCM had it’s homecoming week where the theme was “where the pieces fit.” It works the same with all of these social justice issues. It takes everyone to work together on many different issues, and coming together with an array of solutions.


But with every issue comes tough times obviously, and even when someone feels they may be close to the finish something always seems to kick you down. With Social Justice having so many huge issues that can be discussed I rather link them by that feeling of staring up at the brick wall of these horrible issues you may be trying to break through. One of my favorite movies is Invictus directed by Clint Eastwood, a story about Nelson Mandella and the South African rugby team. In this film Nelson Mandella (Morgan Freeman)  reads a famous poem created by William Ernest Henley. (The scene=link, picture of the actual poem ) 

invictus poem The poem basically referring to hard times, the hardest of times, the darkest of times, and to just remember nothing controls you or determines how you should feel. As it says “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” This poem was created for William Henley to boost his own spirits, yes it was because he was sick in the hospital, but this has no limits on to what problems it relates to.

So The Show Me Justice Film Festival is not only a great opportunity for UCM, but an awesome way to raise awareness on so many Social Justice issues.

The Issue of Marijuana Legalization

Marijuana legalization has been a long-debated social justice topic in the United States since it was made illegal with the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. Lots of progress has been made toward its legalization in recent years with many states and the District of Columbia legalizing the plant for medicinal use. In 2012, perhaps the biggest step towards legalization was made when Colorado and Washington state both made the plant legal for recreational use.

More and more research on marijuana is being conducted to figure out exactly what the substance is and how it can be beneficial to people. Recent research has disproved many of the negative things people used to believe about marijuana, which is why legalization is at the highest approval rating of all time. This has cause the argument against marijuana to shift focus. Here are some of the reasons against marijuana legalization:

1.) Marijuana is a gateway drug – many people believe that if one were to use marijuana regularly, it would make them want to use other drugs, like cocaine, heroin or LSD.

2.) Marijuana could get in the hands of children – if made legal, children would be able to get a hold of the drug more easily.

3.) Legalization could increase violence – with a legal marijuana market, stores that distribute the plant would face the threat of people trying to rob them of their product.

Many advocates believe that the benefits of marijuana legalization far outweigh the disadvantages. Here are some of the arguments for marijuana legalization:

1.) Marijuana offers many health benefits – marijuana has been shown to help with the treatment of diseases like cancer, epilepsy, depression, and many others.

2.) Marijuana is less harmful than alcohol or tobacco – marijuana poses less health risks than alcohol or tobacco, both of which are legal substances.

3.) People should have the right to use marijuana if they choose to – as free American citizens, marijuana should be available to use should one choose to use it.

Marijuana legalization is a hotly debated topic that will not go away any time soon. I want to know what you guys think. Should marijuana be made legal for everyone to use? Should it be made legal only for medicinal purposes? Should it be kept illegal? Let me know what you guys think!