Frequently asked questions

Do the actions taken by Justice Mail users make any difference?

There is no doubt that pressure works. There are many cases where campaigns have brought about changes. Of course a personal meeting with your member of parliament or with the people concerned with the campaign is usually best, and you should personalise your email responses to increase their effectiveness. The more of us take action, the more likely change becomes!

If I decide to join Justice Mail, does it matter which list I belong to?

We prefer you to join the list which is geographically closest to you. If you are a church-goer and your church has a list, you should join that list.

If I join Justice Mail, how frequently will I receive action requests?

List managers usually send out action requests to the people on their lists once every two weeks.

Do I have to respond to every action request?

No. Since you have joined Justice Mail, we know that you are interested in justice campaigning, and we expect you to respond to most of the requests you receive, but the choice is yours.

Will my personal information and email address be secure?

Justice Mail email requests do not reveal the email addresses of other members of the list. We will not disclose or forward your email address or any other personal data to any third party inside or outside Justice Mail. No one will know that you have joined Justice Mail except the manager of your list.

Do you have to be a church member to join Justice Mail?

No. Anybody over the age of 16 with an email address who is in sympathy with the aims of the organisation is welcome to join Justice Mail. However, in order to start a Justice Mail list and so become a manager, you must be a church member.

When I join Justice Mail, is it OK for me to take extra actions chosen by myself?

If you are new to justice campaigning, we hope that your membership of JM will encourage you to do much more for peace and justice. We hope that you will become an individual member of one or more of the agencies we support.

Can Justice mail lists be started in any religious congregation or is it confined to Christian churches?

So far, all of our lists are in Christian churches, but we would welcome expressions of interest from local mosques, synagogues, temples or any group of sympathetic religious believers.

How is Justice Mail managed?

Justice Mail is not registered as a charity but it does have a constitution (link). Basically, Justice Mail is managed and owned by the churches which send representatives to the annual general meeting.

Who is eligible to attend the Justice Mail agm?

The agm is primarily for the representatives appointed by the member churches but  any user of Justice Mail is welcome to attend as a non-voting participant. The next agm will take place on Friday 22 November at 5.30 p.m. in Doncaster in one of the member churches.

How is Justice Mail financed?

There are no charges to become a user of Justice Mail. The list managers give their time and skill free of charge. There are no subscriptions of any kind. However, Justice Mail does need funds in order to meet expenses such as those involved in setting up and maintaining the website and in enabling the trustees to attend the agm. These costs are currently met by grants from the St Peters Saltley Trust in Birmingham and the Jubilee Debt Campaign.

How do the list managers select the action suggestion which is to be sent to their email lists?

List managers take their action suggestions from the websites of a number of organisations which Justice Mail supports. These are all well-known and highly respected campaigning bodies with a proven track record of public responsibility. Many of them are linked to the churches, such as Christian Aid and Church Action on Poverty. Others are leading campaigning organisations such as Oxfam. When one of the list managers wants to add a new organisation to the official list, the board of trustees must be consulted and agreement reached.

Who is responsible for Justice Mail?

Justice Mail is managed by its board of trustees (link) who are themselves elected by the representatives of the member churches. The election takes place during the agm.

How would I leave Justice Mail?

If for any reason you no longer wish to receive email action requests, just send an email to your list manager asking for your email address to be removed from the list.

Can I start a Justice Mail list in my own local church?

Yes! We are always ready to welcome people who would like to start email lists in their churches. To find out how you do this, see the page “Starting a new list”.