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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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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | Literacy Rocks

Literacy Rocks

We recently were honored to help the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara with a fun Literacy Rocks event where we gave books to kids in the Santa Barbara community. The result is heart touching as we see these kids clutching their very own books, how exciting to think of the wealth of information that is at their fingertips. Oh the places they can go with a good…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | As if children mattered

As if Children Mattered

What would it be like if people who thought and spoke as if children mattered, also acted as if children mattered? Of course, the phrase “children matter” is used a lot. It is a political “go to” because who is going to stand up and say children don’t matter?

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | Former National CASA CEO Joins The Justice Project

Former National CASA CEO Joins The Justice Project

Former National CASA CEO Joins The Justice Project Santa Barbara, CA – June 12, 2015 – The Justice Project today announced that Michael Piraino has joined the organization as Senior Advisor. Mr. Piraino recently retired as CEO of the National CASA Association after 21 years of service. Piraino brings with him over 35 years of experience advocating for abused and neglected children and foster youth. He holds a law degree…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | Justice and the LGBTQ Youth

Justice and the LGBTQ Youth

“The Justice Project is committed to seeking justice for children who do not have a home through no fault of their own. Like the LGBTQ youth described below, LGBTQ foster youth find it difficult to live freely within their own gender identity and sexual orientation. When adults cannot accept youth for who they are, it opens a pipeline from home to homelessness.” – Noah benShea, Executive Director – The Justice…

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