The JUSTICE Ten Commitments

THE JUSTICE MINISTRATION TEN (10) COMMITMENTS

Curtis Everette Gatewood
Jesus Unity Souls To Increase Community Engagement

THINGS YOU CAN BEGIN DOING IMMEDIATELY TO MAKE GODLY AND SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS CHANGE

Until we meet for a JUSTICE (Jesus Uniting Souls To Increase Community Engagement) Ministration Faith & Unity Service, rally, or event, here are some ways on how you may participate and begin rebuilding immediately between crowds, church services, and other gatherings.

Engage in as many as feasible of the JUSTICE Ministration Ten (10) Commitments – Things To Do To “Uplift Our Neighbor and Rebuild Our Neighborhoods:”

1. Homelessness Reduction.  Help at least one homeless person find a place to stay or give multiple homeless persons a generous donation over the course of the year. If you would like to submit your monthly homeless assistance progress reports to us, that is fine.

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2. Mentoring.  Find at least one family/child in your neighborhood (between 4 to 13 years old – it could be a distant/struggling relative) in need of assistance whereby you can collaborate with the child’s family in visiting or assisting or mentoring for one hour twice a week. Make sure reading/literacy and regular/positive exposure to Black History is part of the assistance (regardless of the child’s race).

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3. Prison Visitation and Reform – Find someone who has been incarcerated to visit at least monthly and/or one who you will assist in finding employment or help to begin an income-generating trade/business over the course of the next 1 or 2 years.

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4. Visitation for the Sick or Elderly – Find an elderly and/or sick person (other than a family member) to visit at least once monthly. These visits may be brief but consistent.

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5. Support for Dying Black Businesses –Take inventory and find out where the closest African-American-owned businesses are in your area and become deliberate in patronizing them weekly or as needed, depending on the type of business it is. Put together your own list of Black businesses to deliberately patronize and refer others to.

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6. Community/Social Justice Activism –Join an active human/civil rights organization or cause that you can support and engage in direct action with at least monthly. Make sure you do your part in making sure the civil/human rights group you belong to has an end to the systemic and immediate threats of street violence and police misconduct as part of its focus. 

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7. Church Community Engagement –  If you belong to a church, begin asking to serve as part of a social justice component of that church and recommend they become a partner with JUSTICE Ministration as part of that social justice ministry so we may assist you.

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8. Voter Registration w/Agenda-Accountability – Begin registering people to vote as part of an organizational, church, or community ongoing effort. For assistance in this endeavor contact a civic engagement or civil/human rights organization and/or the Board of Elections in your area. Additionally, begin listing non-partisan items that could better ensure justice for you and your community and become part of community coalitions that can assist you in holding candidates and elected officials accountable.

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9. Anti-Stress Health Intervention – Begin identifying stressors (things that are likely to cause stress) and help yourself and at least three (3) others to monitor and become deliberate in reducing stress levels over the course of the year.  Becoming deliberate in adopting anti-stress routines can become one of our own grassroots forms of “health care intervention” since stress-related deaths are astronomical in oppressed communities.   These individual efforts to minimize the healthcare crisis within our community will not in anyway negate our collective effort to address systemic or universal healthcare needs.

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10. T.V./Entertainment Dieting – You and at least three (3) others you know, should begin a JUSTICE television/entertainment diet. This will mean not only reducing hours of time watching television to at least half its current rate, it will also mean boycotting entertainment which encourages violence, negative stereotyping, or disrespect toward Black or oppressed people and/or violence or disrespect toward certain gender groups or gender identities, or religions or nationalities. The reduction in T.V./entertainment time is to be replaced with an increase in reading and exercise time.