In this age of justice via hashtag, screenshot and retweet, I could not let this month of activism come to an end without mentioning a cause close to my heart: The Innocence Project.
In a past life, I thought about studying law. Yet, with my propensity towards language, and other Alpha Femme behavior, law wasn’t for me. Yet, I have been a passionate supporter of this project. The goal of this nationwide initiative is simple: get people out of prison whom where never supposed to be there in the first place. This includes exoneration, pardons and getting all necessary information for the prosecutions of appropriate suspects. Yet, here the official history of the project, taken directly from the site:
“The Innocence Project, founded in 1992 by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck at Cardozo School of Law, exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice…”
“The Innocence Project’s mission is to free the staggering number of innocent people who remain incarcerated, and to bring reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment.”
Justice is always on two-fronts: what we have in front of us, and the legacy of what remains. The justice system of the United States is broken, skewed, and feasts on the bodies of the poor, indigenous, Black and Brown (see 13TH by Ava DuVernay)! Audre Lorde said that the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’ house. Yet, it is when we work for together KNOWING what the master’s tools are…we can counteract them.
In this case, counteracting means freeing those who were never supposed to be put in the positions they found themselves in! If recent history has told us anything, it has revealed the ease at which law enforcement can ‘make’ a case–literally MAKE it! We know police lie, we know a disproportionate amount of people (whom are Black are Brown) are victims of corrupt police investigations. We know that exoneration comes to some of these victims have lost decades of their lives with no compensation!
For all the righteous work we are doing now for current injustice, rememer the words of Plato.
“True justice is not found in this world.”
True justice, the idea that the government should have the right to protect its citizens, and provide for them should extend to such concepts of healthcare, environmental security and equal justice under the law! In this case, justice is the highest expression of care and love of a society.
Why is this still so hard? Why? It is hard because there is always money oppression–you can’t have capitalism without racism! And the Prison Industrial Complex thrives on both! It is the job of those who know this to participate in the dismantling of such a system! The dismantling starts now.
Thank you to The Innocence Project.
For more information about The Innocence Project, please consider giving to their cause (you can eve customize your donation!), and make justice a legacy from you and your family! Thank you.