BENEFITING: Equal Justice Initiative
EVENT DATE: Feb 07, 2016
Thanks so much for helping us with this challenge.
We are running the "Go Hard" half marathon in Brooklyn on February 7th to raise money for an organization called the “Equal Justice Initiative” (http://www.eji.org/). After reading the book “Just Mercy” (authored by Bryan Stevenson, the founder of EJI), we were absolutely heart broken by the stories we read. We encourage you to watch the TED talk given by Bryan a few years ago. His line “The opposite of poverty is not wealth, but justice” moved us in a meaningful way (located here: https://www.ted.com/talks/bryan_stevenson_we_need_to_talk_about_an_injustice?language=en)
Many of our friends have dealt with very difficult circumstances but none of us, to my knowledge, can say we have been incarcerated for a crime we did not commit. We feel very strongly in justice and second chances and allowing people the opportunity to have a say in our legal system. Without waxing too much on the philosophical principles of our justice system, it is safe to remark that we have many issues with our current correctional structure, whether it is over-crowding, over-spending, or over-sentencing (read some facts here: http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21654578-americas-bloated-prison-system-has-stopped-growing-now-it-must-shrink-right-choices)
The Equal Justice Initiative seeks to exonerate those wrongly accused and convicted of crimes, typically awaiting execution on death row. While some may be surprised we have chosen this cause given our political leanings, we believe that justice is a non-partisan issue. The responsibility of upholding liberty and freedom is not one party’s mandate, but the commitment of all people.
Please support us in our mission to raise a small, but important, contribution to this organization.
James and Monica Rex