“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” — Martin Luther King Jr. (American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the Civil Rights Movement)
Dare to Think. Be Informed. is dedicated to promoting peace, compassion, reformation, and understanding of our justice system and those involved in it. If the rights of society’s most vulnerable are denied, everybody’s rights are endangered. The preservation of rights is one of the most important and enduring passions of a democracy.
“So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we’ll be called a democracy.” — ACLU Founder Roger Baldwin
The one thing that fundamentally connects everyone in a democracy is our rights. Our rights can only be protected if others recognize them. Everyone’s rights depend on how the last or next person is treated, not just on how we are treated.
This blog confronts the issues of the justice system, including the media’s portrayal, over-criminalization, wrongful convictions, current events, and the death penalty. From the core principle of innocent until proven guilty to the absolution of acquittal, many fundamental American judicial principles have been rewritten in public opinion. This blog seeks to restore those principles in the public eye and dismantle our “bully nation”.
“Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.” — First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (Chairman of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights)
The issues presented on this blog can happen to anyone. It can happen to you, your spouse, your child, your friend, your mother, even your grandfather. Do not ignore these issues now because one day, you or someone you love may be on the other side of the cameras. It won’t be entertaining then. We must do more to prevent the unjust treatment of others.
Knowledge is knocking, will you answer the door?