Glossary of Shared Social Justice Understandings

Borealis Philanthropy’s glossary of shared social justice understandings was sourced by the wisdom and brilliance of movement, and created with the guidance of their friend and ally, Yabsera Faris, former Borealis staffer and Director of Communications for National Bail Out.

The terms and shared understandings in this glossary have been curated in topical order to aid in creating communal comprehension around concepts that Borealis advisors most frequently engage in as a philanthropic intermediary working in partnership with grassroots organizers and social justice movements. The terms are also grouped based on their relationships to help us see how our work, values, and issues are interconnected.

The authors owe a great debt of thanks to grassroots organizers, social justice movements, and organizations that have defined these key terms.