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Sound Bites: Vol. 1, No. 5
Justice • PO Box 65355, Baltimore MD 21209

You are busy. We are busy. Enjoy our re-designed Sound Bites, with just one focus question on the theme of the month. News and other resources will continue to be linked below. Thank you for following!

Has the internet and this age of instant mass communication influenced or changed our collective ideas about justice (and/or the enactment of justice)?

Five Questions with Susan Archer

"When the wounds of a flawed society are made is the responsibility for citizens, legislatures and jurists to lead us to healing and new ways of being together, closer to the justice many of us dream about.  The challenge of diverse opinions over what is fair can be part of our strength in weaving stronger fabric. The important thing is that we keep pursuing it, that we encourage questioning, acknowledging the needs of all stakeholders, listening to every voice.  The only constant in all of this is that we continue to value the justice path, the pursuit of justice." — Susan Archer  [read more]
If you haven't already, take the online Implicit Bias Test. Now part of "Project Implicit," the data from this test helped confirm what scientists had long suspected: racism inherent in US (and other) culture creates bias in even thoughtful people. 

How might such implicit bias impact the criminal justice system or social justice in general?
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Kids' Corner

"Truth never damages a cause that is just." — Mahatma Gandhi

Do you have trouble talking with your kids about big ideas? Try these questions during a drive or while doing the dishes together. 
• Have you ever seen something happen that seemed unjust?
• Who do you talk to about justice or injustice?
• What is one thing you can do personally to address an injustice you see in the world?
• Is there a difference between fairness and justice?

ACTION ITEM! — Check out How To Raise Justice-Minded Kids, from

“Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore.” 

— Cesar Chavez

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