Elders for Social Justice (ESJ)

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As Elders, we feel a moral responsibility to address the many challenges facing our communities and to discover ways in which we can offer our resources, experience and wisdom, and generativity to help create a better world.

The purpose of the Elders for Social Justice (ESJ) Team is to educate and engage a movement of Elders with social justice issues so that together we can create a more just world for all.

We gather monthly to study current social justice issues so that we can take informed actions within our local communities and our nation.

Our Follow the Money $$ Campaign

We recognize that money is at the core of the many social injustices that plague our society and that we need to think and act differently about money to create a more just world.

Our initial focus, under the framework of Follow the Money$$ is to address how our retirement savings is being invested and how we can leverage our power as elder investor activists on investment companies and banks so that our savings align with our values. We want our savings to not only provide for our retirement but to create a thriving future for those we love. More information is available HERE.

If you wish more information about this campaign, or would like to help please contact Lynne Iser at lynnei@eldersaction.org.

To see details of our next meeting, and to register, click on any of the links below.

Community Learning – Meeting to listen and dialogue on critical social issues

Third Thursday of each month
9:00 – 10:30 am PT / 12:00 – 1:30 pm ET

Community Actions – Meeting to take actions on the social issue we have previously discussed

Fourth Thursday of each month
9:00 – 10:30 am PT / 12:00 – 1:30 pm ET

Since 2016, Elders for Social Justice has been studying and taking action on these issues:

  • Racism
  • White supremacy
  • Indigenous peoples’ history
  • Islamophobia
  • Restorative justice
  • The moral voice of an Elder
  • Wealth inequality
  • Underlying causes of othering and racism
  • Immigration and asylum issues
  • Treatment of trauma in child immigrants
  • Legal counsel for solo immigrant children

Actions we have initiated:

  • Participated in a successful letter writing campaign to urge the New Mexico Education Retirement Board to divest pension funds monies away from for-profit prisons
  • Supported & participated in the Poor People’s Campaign
  • Organized Elders Stand for Democracy Spring, Washington DC, 2016, to get money out of politics
  • Seeing Systems, a workshop
  • Me and White Supremacy, a workshop (see below)

See our social and climate justice Resource Lists here

resource list

Me and White Supremacy Workshop

ESJ offers a workshop called Me and White Supremacy, an intensive 28-day challenge that leads readers through a journey of understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so they can stop inflicting damage (often unconsciously) on black, indigenous and people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.

Next session:
Wednesdays, May 25 – June 29, 2022


It’s 3:23 in the morning and I’m awake, because my great, great grandchildren…ask me in dreams, “What did you do while the planet was plundered?”

~ Drew Dellinger

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