IF NOT YOU, WHO?

Written By: Admin - Jun• 15•17

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We are on the precipice of change. We can either move forward together working toward a diverse judiciary across the state or, we falter together and allow the status quo or worse to take ahold of our courts.

It is up to each of us. As one person.

One person can lead the effort to educate and change hearts and minds on why diversity in our justice system is so important. Why it is right.

One person can be the voice that says we cannot give in to apathy, discouragement, distrust, and disappointment.

One person can say to you that “I’m too busy to fight for this cause” is not an acceptable answer.

It takes one person.

We must each be willing to commit ourselves to the greater ideal that it is not about US individually but about what is good for ALL OF US.

Diversity on the bench should not be unpopular issue just because it makes some uncomfortable, including some of us.

Rep. Tyrone Brooks fought for equality in the selection of judges across our state. And, more than 30 years later, we are still seeking equality in the selection of judges across our state. But as Martin Luther King Jr., said, “change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.” So we must continue to struggle, push, prod and challenge those who believe that the issue of diversity on the bench is dead, not important or too controversial.

If we stand silent because others are uncomfortable, because we are afraid of upsetting those who disagree with the principle of diversity, if we worry about being accepted and moving forward with our own agendas and careers, then we get a judiciary for us and for future generations that is not representative of those who appear in our courts. That is not to say only those judges who look like us can judge us. What is important is that women and minorities deserve equal consideration for judgeships, particularly for the appellate courts in this state, when the decision is made by someone other than the electorate. We have tribunals in majority diverse communities that have NO women judges or judges of color.

Martin Luther King Jr. fought for what seemed to be unpopular causes. But he never gave up. He became a civil rights icon because when he was told to go home or told to remain silent, tired as he was, he continued to push toward civil rights for all. As he said “human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

Are you one of those passionate, concerned and dedicated individuals?

We are on the precipice of change in our country and in our state. And, the strides that have been made in our judiciary in the past 30 years came because individuals were committed to making a difference for all us.

Yet, there is still a long way to go. Will you be that one person fighting for justice, willing to commit themselves to speak up and speak out about why our courts need representative accountability to the communities they serve? This is a moral issue that we must all stand up for in unison.

Can we count on you?

VOLUNTEER TO HELP ADVOCACY FOR ACTION ADVOCATE FOR CHANGE IN OUR JUDICIARY. You can do so by emailing – afa@advocacyforaction.com or calling (404) 451-9052. Or DONATE – www.advocacyforaction.com/donations to help us raise money for education and in all communities across the states as to why judicial elections are so important and why citizens must be engaged in the judicial selection process.

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