UpstandershipTM is an ethic and practice of engagement and empowerment of society and self to stand up to chronic and acute injustice.
Every facet of justice informs, and is informed by, UpstandershipTM, which should be of interest to the diverse professionals and fields represented in our Justice Clearinghouse community.
In this webinar, we will explore the eight steps of UpstandershipTM, each articulated in their own terms and in relation to each other.
- Acknowledgement (of personal responsibility)
- ‘Response ability’ (of our communities)
At first glance UpstandershipTM appears only as a linear sequence of events, over time, driven by causality and causal powers of each step. Yet, as we will examine, it is most through justice that UpstandershipTM comes full circle, while facilitating those steps that come before. Here, justice serves much like Janus, the Roman god who presided over the beginning and end of conflict, and who is depicted as having two faces: one looking to (and here: informing) the future; another, the past.
At the heart of justice are response and prosecution practices that increase victim safety and offender accountability. Justice, realized, helps victims heal, Victims are our strongest advocates, that command our attention, bringing UpstandershipTM full circle to become whole, too. Justice also provides powerful positive feedback emboldening and empowering upstanders to acknowledge personal responsibility to take action, and those in our community who serve and save to exercise their “response ability” – knowing the continuum of concern and care will be carried forward by justice, nurtured by our reciprocal relationships and responsibilities.
In the webinar, we will test drive UpstandershipTM through the lens of elder justice.
Social justice is not about just one cause or just another. It is inclusive and embracing – for victims (primary and secondary) and for society.
Elder justice can help complete, not compete with, other causes. Yet elder justice has its special needs, just as it provides an opportunity to reflect and build on accomplishment in sister fields – here, through the ethics and practice of UpstandershipTM. Webinar participants will be invited to contribute to exploring how UpstandershipTM applies to their fields and professional practice.