Justice For All Continues Work!
Justice For All was founded two-and-a half years ago as we became angered and frustrated at the fact that black American (men) were being killed by law enforcement with seeming impunity. Our vision began to grow as we discovered that the problem that we were seeing actually went far beyond law enforcement and indeed was pervasive throughout the entire criminal justice system. Through our research, we then came to understand that because our nation was stolen in genocide and built on slavery, all of us have biases that inform our decisions. As a result of this we have made progress in understanding the racial disparities that have been created in not only the criminal justice system but in areas of employment, housing, education, health services and the political process itself. In light of the high bar that exists in our legal system to enable relief to be provided from this oppression we have relegated to discussions on implicit bias with hopes that some voluntary progress can be made on a path forward towards equality.
We address institutionalized racism from an implicit bias perspective, while seeking to cultivate relationships and working a systematic approach within institutions and educating and facilitating empowerment in communities. We see now more than ever, as a result of the racial referendum communicated by our national elections that this approach to the work of racial justice reform must be shared (and expanded upon) across our communities in Vermont and beyond. It is our hope that as we work in collaboration with state and local officials, we create a model that we can hold up for other states to emulate in addressing the racial disparities created by institutionalized racism.
Now is the time become a supporter or member of Justice For All or offer your contributions to our continued work. Here are some additional opportunities to support the ongoing work that Justice For All is doing.
- Here, you can support the #DecisionPoints campaign where we are working to determine innovative approaches to data collection to provide transparency and accountability in the criminal justice system.
- Here is an opportunity to sign our ongoing petition for civilian oversight of all law enforcement in the state of Vermont.
- And here is you chance to sign our existing petition and/or contribute to the associated fundraiser for our Racial Justice Reform and Vermont Constitutional Amendment campaign.
Come out and join us at an Action Meeting and learn how you can become involved in the many ongoing activities and offer your support in outreach, research and relationship management. Help us drive the membership of this vitally important organically grown Vermont-based racial justice nonprofit. Our resolve to do this work will not be shaken. Current national issues only validate the importance of the work we do. We need you now more than ever to join us in the proactive work that we are doing to advance the cause of racial justice in Vermont and beyond.
Mark Hughes, JFA Co-Founder
About Justice For All
Justice for All is a racial justice organization, which identifies and dismantles institutionalized racism while facilitating healing in our communities. Our mission is to ensure justice for ALL through community organizing, research, education, community policing, legislative reform, and judicial monitoring. We address systemic issues such as racially biased policing and inequities in the criminal justice system.