Our campers just returned from Ellenton, Georgia, where we had a very FULL two days. We restocked a food pantry for migrant farm workers, took a tour of local farms and saw firsthand the inequality between the farm owner’s mansion and the laborers’ old trailers, and we exercised our right to leisure by paddling, swimming, and camping at Reed Bingham State Park. We hope you’ll watch the two videosincluded in this email!
Today we’re back at Koinonia Farm and exploring the right to a fair trial. One of the most important articles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is Article 28: “Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.” Only with a fair and just legal system do we have full access to our human rights!
“How does it relate to dignity?”
“What makes a trial fair?”
“Who might have a difficult time getting a fair trial?”
Agree or Disagree: “There is not much an ordinary person can do to make sure our justice system treats everyone fairly.”
Agree or Disagree: “I can trust the police in my community.”
- Learn about the inequities of the bail system in the U.S. and support the National Bail Out movement led by Southerns on New Ground (SONG). (Read about their recent Black Mamas Bailout campaign.)
- Read The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander and join an action group.
- Support the work of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
- Support the Innocence Project.
- Go to court and observe hearings – including hearings at immigrant detention facilities – to be a presence that helps ensure justice is carried out fairly. Document and report if not!