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Inequity in Education is Your (and My) Responsibility

By Kate Gerson ~ Getting Smart There is a great injustice happening in our schools, and it’s happening on our watch. What’s happening can be seen in national reports. The reading and math scores of our white students continue to be higher than the scores of our black and Latino students. In fact, the 30+ point gap between these groups’ National NAEP reading scores has been virtually unchanged since 1990.…

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The Privilege Of Being Arrested As A White Woman

By Mary Hutto ~ Huffpost Two weeks ago, I was one of more than 600 mostly white protesters arrested during the #WomenDisobey demonstration at the Hart Senate Office Building in downtown Washington, D.C. All of us were there for the same reason: to take a stand against the brutal immigration policies of President Donald Trump. I engaged in the demonstration knowing I would risk arrest, and with the expectation that I would…

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Could Air Pollution be Linked to Higher Crime Rates?

By Gary Haq ~ CityMetric The impact of air pollution on human health is well-documented. We know that exposure to high levels of air pollutants raises the risk of respiratory infections, heart disease, stroke, lung cancer as well as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. But there is growing evidence to suggest that air pollution does not just affect our health – it affects our behaviour too. Lead was removed from petrol…

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Imagining an Economy That Serves the 99%

By Tim Koechlin Common Dreams Those who benefit most from the status quo spend a lot of money to persuade the rest of us that this – an economy that serves the top 1% — is good for us and, in fact, the best we can do The United States is among the richest societies ever. But despite all of its productivity, all of its abundance, and all of its…

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Change Crazy

Fifty years ago, the futurist Alvin Toffler, fore-witnessed and coined what he termed the coming of “the Information Age.” He also warned that the “roaring current of change” brought forth in this new age by emerging technologies would lead to “confusional breakdowns.” In brief, change would change us. And not only for the good. I call this insidious contagion of the information age, “Change crazy.” Neuro-psychologists tells us change makes…

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Forward and Backward, Evil is Live

  Evil is Live, in the world not again but still.   Evil is Live, in a loss for which words are at a loss.   Evil is Live, in those who take what cannot be given forgiveness.   Evil is Live, in those who in seeking heaven achieve hell and map the way for others.   Evil is Live, in those who parent pain, and in the pain of…

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Justice Project Partners with County Leaders to Help Foster Youth Obtain Library Cards

We are THRILLED to announce we have partnered with the Santa Barbara County Libraries, Santa Barbara County Supervisor Janet Wolf, Santa Barbara County Department of Social Services and Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Barbara County to help foster youth obtain library cards. What started as a conversation with our Jordan benShea and Kim Davis (CASA of Santa Barbara County) Executive Director, about a young boy whose sole wish for summer…

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Why U Matter

Why U Matter™ Life is a busy business but every time the phone rings, you can’t be sure it is for you. And even those who believe they have a calling need to be sure the call is for them. Today I am writing you about a calling for which there can be no doubt. That call is from Healing Learning, a Social Purpose Corporation. And that call echoes The…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | People who are always right are usually wrong

People who are always right are usually wrong

As Executive Director of The Justice Project, I find myself sensitized to what those in the world around me think is just. Sadly, I have witnessed too many of us can’t discern what is just and what is just our opinion. The consequence of this is living in a contentious world of polarized “I am right” opinion and argument passing for conversation. And it got me thinking about the injustice served amidst all the shouting.…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | Justice Project Essay Contest Winners Announced

Justice Project Essay Contest Winners Announced

You wrote. We read. We voted. The Justice Project in partnership with Heroes in Recovery has announced the Essay Content Winners! Thank you to all who participated! Read the winning essays below! Essay by Susan M. Lemere Carlos is lucky. Although he was arrested for drug possession, he is not going to jail. Instead, he has struck a deal. He will get probation, drug court, supervision and monitoring with top-notch…

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