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Justice Principles That Could Help Heal Our Nation Part 1

Justice comes in many forms. Below are a few justice principles that should be realized fairly for all Americans. However, there has been a lack of true justice ideals realized in our society since it's inception. For people of color "redlining" continues. People of color can only live in certain neighborhoods. The economic gap continues to plague people of color. Glass ceilings are alive and well. America's Justice principles should embrace a fair and equal or at least equitable benefit for all Americans. The following Justice Principles listed below could be a catalyst to the healing process our nation. Below are a few Justice Principles that I have highlighted. Remember, if our communities could embrace and begin to see these justice principle realize it could bring tremendous change and healing to our broken society.

1) Poetic Justice is experienced when a fitting or deserved retribution for one's actions is realized and executed. Poetic Justice has not been realized or executed for the thousands of insurrectionists who were predominately white. I think we all must realize this picture would have been very different if black and brown men and women were attacking the capitol. Lots of blood would have flowed from the bodies of the intruders, rioters, and militant gangs coming from around the country would be dead. People need to be disciplined for the indiscretions they have caused, regardless of color, occupation or economic status. Our justice systems have been plagued with lack of integrity, no compassion for those who do not look like lawmakers and cover-ups that reveal the truth. Even when the truth is caught on camera, too often the murders are not held accountable for their crime and NO POETIC JUSTICE is realize.

2) Organizational Justice refers to employee perceptions of fairness in the workplace.

In 2020 due to the COVID-19 virus, several meat plants were closed down. There were many employees at the plants

that contracted the virus and in many cases continue to come to work endangering not only their fellow co-workers but also their families. The CDC should not have had to close the plants down, if the organizations had taken responsibility by allowing their employees to stay home if they were sick with pay, and allowed for temp-services to come in and help with production as needed. The lack of Organizational Justice, meant for many families sickness and death. It also impacted the economy and the American Grocery and Meat systems.

3) Open Justice is a legal principle describing legal processes characterized by openness and transparency.

In the case of Eric Garner, there has been NO OPEN JUSTICE. The killer of Eric Garner was allowed to keep his job up to five years after killing Eric Garner. There was no explanation given to the citizens or family as to why this brutal murder was allowed without holding the police officer responsible for the murder ACCOUNTABLE. You and I can see the evidence is clear, he had no weapon, he did not resist arrest, he said repeatedly he could not breath and there was no mercy or no value for human life exhibited in the case. No justice was done.

On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner died in the New York City borough of Staten Island after Daniel Pantaleo, a New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer, put him in a prohibited chokehold while arresting him. Video footage of the incident generated widespread national attention and raised questions about the appropriate use of force by law enforcement. The medical examiner ruled Garner's death a homicide. According to the medical examiner's definition, a homicide is a death caused by the intentional actions of another person or persons. On December 4, 2014, a Richmond County grand jury decided not to indict Pantaleo. This decision stirred public protests and rallies, with charges of police brutality made by protesters. By December 28, 2014, at least 50 demonstrations had been held nationwide in response to the Garner case, while hundreds of demonstrations against general police brutality counted Garner as a focal point. On July 13, 2015, an out-of-court settlement was reached, under which the City of New York would pay the Garner family $5.9 million. In 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice declined to bring criminal charges against Pantaleo under federal civil rights laws. A New York Police Department disciplinary hearing regarding Pantaleo's treatment of Garner was held in the summer of 2019; on August 2, 2019, an administrative judge recommended that Pantaleo's employment be terminated. Pantaleo was fired on August 19, 2019, more than five years after Garner's death.

4) Social Justice - is the distribution wealth, opportunities and privileges within a society. Below I have listed some of the social justice issues that America still struggles with.

  1. Healthcare. 6. Gun Violence

  2. Refugee crisis 7. Food Security

  3. Racial Injustice

  4. Income Gap

  5. Housing

America has a vast amount of work to do in the arena of Social Justice. America must face these challenges head on if we are to heal our nation. Every community must have leaders that attack the disparities of health care head on. Many things have been done in the past, but now we can begin to work together to heal our land. Healthcare continues to be a sore spot in our communities.

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