November 3, 2008
Oklahoma Baptist University's organization Justice Mission is taking a student-led stand to spur the OBU community to develop an understanding of various issues - and to take action. OBU's Justice Mission was created by combining Amnesty International and ideas from International Justice Mission; it remains affiliated with the Amnesty International.
"Today we are still an official chapter of Amnesty but have decided to broaden our scope in the issues and topics we want to explore," said Emily Roberts, a junior co-chair from Guymon, Okla. "By using the name ‘Justice Mission' we want to capture more of the essence of Christ-like justice in all aspects."
The organization hopes to deliver insight and educate the student body and community through simulations and monthly meetings. Justice Mission's first simulation was Oct. 23- 24, designed to bring awareness about the widespread use of sweatshops around the world.
"We hope to bring a realistic picture of what conditions are experienced by workers in these contexts," Roberts said.
Justice Mission conducts bi-monthly meetings that feature speakers and other educational resources to help bring awareness to contemporary issues. In the spring, Justice Mission hopes to work with the OBU recycling program and help improve the program.
"Mostly Justice Mission is about awareness, and from that awareness is a catalyst to bringing about change," Roberts said.
Justice Mission is led by co-chairs Roberts and senior Seth Stallings, from Heavener, Okla. A 10-member cabinet also helps lead the group.