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Definitions of social justice vary from a persons beliefs and values Throughout research of different interpretations equality is a constant theme Social workers follow a Code of ethics that define their purpose and values in their practice According to the NASW or National Association of Social Workers social justice is the view that everyone deserves equal economic political social rights and opportunities Social workers aims to open the doors of access and opportunity for everyone particularly those in need In short social justice is advocacy treating others with dignity and respect improving lives of the impoverished underrepresented through implementation of programs and services and providing support for people and organizations in the communities These ethics guide the treatment and relationship to the underserved and those without a voice Furthermore we can trace the roots of the codes from American history Perhaps one of the most famous philosophies of social justice comes from the declaration of independence written by Thomas Jefferson From the beginning the declaration introduces its intentions and defines the moral principles that America should live by The preamble states in order to form a more perfect union establish justice ensure domestic tranquility provide for the common defense promote general welfare and secure blessings of liberty to ourselves In addition the declaration concluded its purpose after stating American basic rights include that all men are created equal that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among those are life liberty and the pursuit of happiness While its primary target population were free affluent white males at the time its views continue to resonate within people desiring to make a change set the standard for the definition of social justiceMy definition of social justice originates from my experience values and belief in the idea of the Declaration of Independence and Code of ethics As an American citizen and human being I have an obligation
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