In 2017, one of my goals is to donate $20.17 each month to a different charity or cause that I’m passionate about. I’ll still feature other nonprofits and social enterprises in the Give Back section, but I wanted to share this challenge with you, as well. I hope I can introduce you to some great organizations and maybe even inspire you to join me in this monthly challenge!
Equal Justice Initiative
In August, I was able to see Bryan Stevenson speak at the Global Leadership Summit. I was inspired by his dedication and passion for justice and he presented some really convicting thoughts on our justice system. I read his book Just Mercy this month (which I’ll talk about later in my September books recap) and wanted to dedicate my September Give Back organization to the Equal Justice Initiative.
“The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.”
The Equal Justice Initiative provides legal counsel for those in our prisons facing unjust sentencing and who have been wrongly convicted. Additionally, they are a great source of information and research on racialized crime and punishment, social justice and the American justice system.
As much as we would like to think our justice system is equal, it is far from it. Children are prosecuted as adults and subject to abuse in prisons, women are raped by prison guards, black men are more harshly convicted than their white counterparts who commit the exact same crime… the list of imperfections and abuses could go on and on.
The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to reforming our justice system and providing relief and real justice for those abused by the system and wrongly accused.
I’m very proud to support EJI and hope you will, too. You can donate here, and I encourage you to follow them on social media- Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you want to broaden your knowledge, please read Just Mercy!