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10 Social Justice Celebrations to Mark on Your Calendar for 2019

When many lose hope about the division in our nation, events honoring human rights serve as a light in the darkness. Society needs to remember the joyous feeling of doing something for a good cause to help others. At a time when altruism seems hard to find and simple acts of human kindness get overshadowed by depressing news, it’s important to celebrate events honoring the representation of human nature’s better side.

1. April 2: World Autism Awareness Day

Wear blue proudly on this day to support those who have autism, as well as their families. Autism impacts a child’s ability to have social interactions normally and sometimes causes tics, or repetitive behaviors. Those wishing to support the cause can participate in walks to raise awareness.

2. April 22: Earth Day

Earth Day celebrates the historic day in 1970 when protesters took to the streets en masse to address the pollution caused by industries. Multiple activities exist for celebrating this day, from planting a tree to participating in a beach or roadside cleanup.

3. May 17: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Those identifying as homosexual, bisexual or transsexual face higher risks of suicide and, sadly, homicide, due to continuing prejudice. This worldwide event has several ways for those who identify with different sexual preferences or gender identities and their allies to raise awareness.

4. May 29th: National Senior Health & Fitness Day

5. June 8: World Ocean Day

Beaches and oceans around the world contain high levels of plastic pollution which causes the death of marine animals. Single-use plastics also make our shores look like a frat house after a kegger. To help prevent ocean wildlife from ingesting non-digestible plastic waste, sign up to be a part of a cleanup effort nearby.

6. July 18: Nelson Mandela International Day

Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, spent years in jail for his commitment to ending racism and apartheid. In his later years, Mandela played a major role in calling for an end to prejudice against those with HIV and AIDS. People can honor his legacy by taking action to lift those discriminated against or the economically challenged.

7. Aug. 12: World Elephant Day

Elephants rank among the most intelligent animals on earth. They bury their dead and even occasionally bury human corpses they find. Despite their altruistic nature, these magnificent animals are often tortured and chained for life. People can sign a pledge to help elephants, or start their own local movement to raise awareness and funds for preserves where rescued elephants can live in peace.

8. Aug. 19: World Humanitarian Day

Few people think to thank those who travel to the most remote and impoverished areas of the globe to help those dwelling there. World Humanitarian Day honors health workers, social workers, builders and all those who take on the daunting task of ensuring people have clean water, food and medical care. Contributions are welcomed to aid in their efforts to cover costs associated with travel and supplies.

9. Sept. 10: World Suicide Prevention Day

In the U.S., the number of suicides rises almost daily. Factors such as health woes, economic insecurity and mental disease lead far too many to commit the ultimate act. Resources are available, but those in the darkest days of life often find it difficult to reach out. Concerned individuals who use social media can spread the word with posts sharing the official hashtags for this somber day.

10. Nov. 13: World Kindness Day

Society today seems so dog-eat-dog that acts of kindness take people by surprise. Use this day to practice random acts of kindness toward strangers. Pay for the meal for the next car in line at the drive-thru. Tip your pizza delivery guy 50 percent for no reason. Give the homeless person on the sidewalk a few dollars for a meal.

Making the World a Better Place

To improve our world, we all need to step out of our comfort zones and do a bit more to help our fellow peers. These social justice celebrations honor the potential for good all people possess. After all, if we’re not here to help each other, what are we here for at all?

10 Social Justice Celebrations to Mark on Your Calendar for 2019
Kate Harveston

Written by Kate Harveston

I’m Kate! I’m originally from Williamsport, Pennsylvania. After obtaining my degree in Professional Writing, it only seemed natural to get out there and start blogging! I am currently pursuing a career as a journalist and freelance writer. My life goal is to be one of the best female writers online while having lots of fun along the way. When I’m not writing, I love exploring new coffee shops wherever I can find them and teaching Zumba Fitness classes.

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