dried human tears (Smithsonianmag.com)
watching the january 6th capitol hill hearing
the most compelling, wrenching, and heartfelt testimony
i have ever witnessed
not one person immune from tears
i could not take my eyes off of them
and I am forever changed
questions must be answered and justice served
never to happen again.
“that’s the thing about pain, it demands to be felt.” – john green
“if one really wishes to know how justice is administered in a country, one does not question the policemen, the lawyers, the judges, or the protected members of the middle class. One goes to the unprotected – those, precisely, who need the law’s protection most – and listens to their testimony.”
-james a. baldwin
on this day honoring mlk, and every day
“this is the unusual thing about nonviolence –
nobody is defeated, everybody shares in the victory.”
– martin luther king, jr.
image credt: philosophytalk.org
after making the decision
to challenge my traffic ticket
(I’m innocent, for the record)
my scheduled hearing
has been adjourned twice.
in today’s mail
I received the new date
for my next potential hearing.
I had to laugh
when I picked up the new envelope
(for the third time now)
and it once again clearly read:
just above my name
with the court address In the return corner
I have to wonder
just what major crime
my mr. rogers sweet and friendly mailman
thinks I may have committed?
‘we find the defendants incredibly guilty.’
– mel brooks
how lucky are we that the future lawyers are to be offered this experience?
“justice is conscience, not a personal conscience,
but the conscience of the whole of humanity.
those who clearly recognize the voice of their own conscience
usually recognize the voice of justice.”
– aleksandr solzhenitshyn
credits: national lawyers guild detroit & Michigan chapter,
interfaith council for peace and justice, university of michigan law school
“the most important thing on earth is for all of us to make this sentence true:
compassion is what people do.”
-glennon doyle melton
image credit: interfaith council for peace and justice, washtenaw congregational sanctuary