Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) is a national organization of members inspired by faith to act for justice in Canadian public policy.
How do we move Canada towards the kind of society we want? One where no one lives in poverty... where care for the Earth is a way of life ... where refugees are treated fairly ... where the rights of Aboriginal people are respected. It’s a tall order.
For more than 50 years, over 1500 justice-oriented Canadian Christians, along with dozens of local churches, religious orders and others, have joined their voices as Citizens for Public Justice. Together, we’re working towards a better Canada.
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CPJ defines public justice as the political dimension of loving one's neighbour, caring for creation, and achieving the common good. Public justice is particularly the responsibility of government and citizens. It involves seeking out and implementing just policies that allow everyone to live in dignity and participate in society.
We address a range of public justice issues, from eliminating poverty to promoting ecological justice, creating a climate of welcome for newcomers, and fostering hopeful citizenship.
CPJ has a small professional staff team based in Ottawa. Through research, public engagement, and advocacy, we work to realize CPJ’s mission and keep public justice front and centre in policy debates. As part of this work, CPJ co-leads Dignity for All: The campaign for a poverty-free Canada, a non-partisan initiative calling for a federal poverty elimination strategy.
Our members, who come from a wide variety of faith communities, participate in CPJ’s work through campaigns, dialogue, and financial support. CPJ’s 14-member board of directors has representatives from across Canada.
We invite you to help us to be a hope-filled presence in Canadian public affairs by joining your voice to ours.
Citizens for Public Justice
309 Cooper Street, Suite 501
Toll free: 1-800-667-8046
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