Frequently Asked Questions:

What is Social Justice Matters?

We are residents of Scotch Plains and Fanwood who have come together to discuss issues of race, ethnicity, and social justice.  We believe that by engaging in truthful conversations about our own prejudices and preconceptions, we can build the base for a better world - one person, one group, one community at a time.

What does SJM do?

We meet once a month to engage in conversation.  In 2011, we hope to sponsor three more such groups.    Our core leadership is participating in a series of training workshops led by the staff of the Beyond Diversity Resource Center, so that we will be better able to facilitate these groups.

We are also participating in Scotch Plains-Fanwood's Second Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service on Monday, January 17, 2011.  We will have a table at that opening program (10am at the FSP YMCA) and are sponsoring a workshop called, "What's Race Got to Do with It?".  You can find more information on the Day of Service and our workshop by following this link.

In the future, we hope to be a meeting place for members of the Scotch Plains and Fanwood communities to bring issues of social justice - racial, ethnic, and socio-economic inequalities - to be discussed in the open and to help the community build solutions. 

How can I get involved?

If you are interested in participating in our work, just let us know.  Send an e-mail to info@socialjusticematters.org.  Let us know if you are interested in joining one of our discussion groups, hosting a group, would like to be on our mailing list for other events, or would be interested in joining our on-line discussion board.

What is the SJM Talks (our on-line discussion board)?

From time to time, members of the SJM steering committee will post articles of interest on a moderated on-line bulletin board.  Participants are invited to read the article or essay, and share their respectful thoughts and opinions for other members of the group to read and comment upon.

What is the SJM steering committee?

In addition to the conversations which we originally convened to have, the original SJM discussion group has come up with a mission statement and on-going goals for the organization.  Currently, the steering committee consists of those original members, but we are looking to both expand our leadership and separate our discussions from our governance.