Systems of Oppression

Systems of oppression are discriminatory institutions, structures, norms, to name a few, that are embedded in the fabric of our society. All the “-isms” are forms of oppression. In the context of social justice, oppression is discrimination against a social group that is backed by institutional power. That is to say, the various societal institutions such as culture, government, education, etc. are all complicit in the oppression of marginalized social groups while elevating dominant social groups.

Poverty and Enforced Poverty

Nowhere to Live: A Call to Action by the Lower Income Urban Singles Task Group (2005), released by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs BC

We Are Too Poor to Afford Anything (2017), Carnegie Community Action Project

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