Abraham Lincoln said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” A group of students are doing exactly that!
This June a small group of students gathered together to discuss what they could do to make a difference. The issue – Justice for All. While we all know the pledge of allegiance, do we realize how untrue the pledge is? Do we recognize our failure to provide liberty and justice for all? And more importantly, what are we willing to do about it?
The meeting included high school, college, and law students along with teachers. Together they wanted to create a program where students could learn about the issues and do something about it. They came up with a name for the program – Justice For All. Over the summer students researched issues including homelessness, veterans, immigration, elder exploitation and 11 other justice topics. These include constitutional questions on whether there should be a right to a free lawyer as in criminal cases and whether non-lawyers could be trained to help more. Actions include interacting with congressmen, access to justice commissions, local leaders and more. The students wrote discussion sheets combining what the Bible says with a real story of someone impacted by a lack of access to justice, statistics of need, discussion questions and action guide. A leader guide was created to outline a one hour meeting with included videos, quizzes, speaker suggestions, discussion and action plan. Additional guidance, information and suggestions are included in this comprehensive guide. The logo was created and these students lost no time in pulling this together to launch this Fall.
We thank them for all their work and for their deep belief that the future can be better. Students can make a difference today and they can change the future of tomorrow.
Do you know a student? Encourage them to start a Justice For All club in their school. Getting started is easy. Just send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. While we encourage students to become members of GJI to network with other groups across the country, this is not required. All that is required is a desire to see justice for all become more than a pledge, but a promise. Thank you students for showing us what it means to
Go and Do Likewise!