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Human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson represents those who have been abandoned. His clients are people on death row — abused and neglected children who were prosecuted as adults and placed in adult prisons where they were beaten and sexually abused, and mentally disabled people whose illnesses helped land them in prison where their special needs were unmet.

Today he spoke to us about justice in the 21st century:

"The new statistic from the Justice [Department] is really disheartening: The Justice Department is now reporting that one in three black male babies born in the 21st century is expected to go to jail or prison. The statistic for Latino boys is one in six. That statistic was not true in the 20th century. It was not true in the 19th century. It didn’t become true until the 21st century. That means we have enormous work to do to improve our commitment to society that is not haunted and undermined and corrupted by our legacy of racial inequality.”

One Lawyer’s Fight For Young Blacks And ‘Just Mercy’

Photo: Linda Nylind, The Guardian

NewsJReview (NJR) As we consider everything else this election season…consider this:  The issue of injustice looms large and from where I sit, its the number one issue…No Justice is injustice in opportunity for education, employment, a livable wage, access to heathcare, stable communities, affordable housing and transportation, the vote, clean air, water, nutritious food and financial investment. The commentary  suggests the  trampling of  civil and human rights is truly what is at stake…don’t get it twisted.  What did Dr. Martin Luther King Junior say about injustice?  Google It!!!

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NewsJReview (NJR) #President Barack Obama addressed The United Nations General Assembly, September 25, 2014.. His speech was a direct and unwavering call to world leaders to dismantle ISIS and their ideology… It is not Islam, the President said, but it serves their hate for others and poisons the minds of youth with the idea of violence and not peace. President Obama said world leaders must committ to giving young people an opportunity for a better life and break the cycle that has taken the lives of thousands… He said the status quo is unsustainable. "Peace is not merely the absence of war, but the presence of a better life." The President also referred to racial strife, and subsequent unrest in the US, pointing specifically to the tensions in #Ferguson, Missouri.  We have problems and we are committed to solving them, the President said in so many better words of course…It, meaning solving problems, is part of the American heritage…we must fight to get to the bottom of what divides human beings and the President said Americans  do fight and struggle to get to a better place…He said we are not the same as when the country started; not the same one hundred years ago; not the same just ten years ago.  Not the same. The President could have pointed to himself, as evidence of what a new deal looks like, but he didn’t…But we know. And where I sit, the change he has so far pushed for has been a better life for many and that’s a good thing.  That’s the difference here. Choosing hope over fear.  President Obama UN speech Wednesday September 25, 2014:

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Publisher NewsJReview Online reports National Guard drawdown to begin today (Friday August 22) - “The withdrawal will be “systematic” and coordinated with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.” School in Ferguson is set to start Monday, if all goes well, according to the Washington Post. Schools did open. Ferguson police have been issued and are being trained to use body cameras. Two firms donated the cameras to the police department there. That move appears acceptable, but protestors still want the Prosecutor in the case to step aside, and the shooter of Michael Brown to be of Wednesday September 17, 2014. Now comes word that the Grand Jury may be at a place to make a decision on whether the shooter, a Ferguson Police officer will be indicted, by late OCTOBER. That word surfaced as the Ferguson Police Chief apologized to the family of Micheal Brown for leaving their son’s body lying sprawled in the street for hours. The apology was made on video tape that was released Thursday September 25th, the same day that US Attorney General Eric Holder announced his retirement. This article by the Christian Science Monitor is worth reading: Was Ferguson the beginning of a new civil rights era? “Ferguson became a Selma-like moment for the 2010s – to the extent the stark images caused a nation to stop and reflect on the state of racial relations in America, exacerbated by an economy in which, sociologists say, class warfare is taking the place of overt racism. At the very least, Ferguson became a waypoint in a new civil rights chapter.”

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NewsJReview (NJR) Presents Saturday’s song; featuring Gregory Porter @ Into The Great Wide Open; a superb , rich, mature, songful, story telling performance, in 2012, The Nederland. Great songs are indeed timeless, ageless, heartfelt and full of meaning; throughout he drops wisdom’s pearls like rain. Listen and see if you agree with this assessment of this early morning concert by Mr. Porter and his incredible soulful, artful, Jazz ensemble…