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Justice as the Lynchpin of Sustainability

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    On January 18, 2018, our U.S. foreign policy reform, judicial accountability, and human rights campaign known as Opt IN USA, issued its latest report titled “JUDICIAL IMPUNITY: A Likely Inadvertent but Deadly Failure of American Democracy“. The 2017/2018 winter report concludes as follows:

    Princeton University professor Martin Gilens and Northwestern University professor Benjamin I. Page ‘believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened.’ If this is in fact political reality in America, then it greatly protects U.S. legal system corruption according to the prestigious anti-corruption coalition, Transparency International:

    All these are prerequisites for an environment promoting access to justice: the capacity of (usually) disadvantaged groups of citizens to gain access to courts (or alternative resolution mechanisms) by removing various institutional as well as corruption related barriers within the legal system.

    Opt IN USA’s predecessor, sister organizations, and allies have been directly attesting to the lack of that capacity since 2010 ─ first, in a Joint Stakeholders’ Universal Periodic Review Submission regarding the United States; second, upon formally identifying The Third Degree (TTD) as a source of persecution and psychological torture; and third, through the overriding message of Opt IN USA’s 2016 report. . . . (footnotes omitted).

    The key phrases of this conclusion suggest the foregoing report should interest audiences particularly concerned about democracy in America, U.S. legal system corruption, justice, disadvantaged citizen groups, access to U.S. courts, and/or alternative resolution mechanisms. Anyone who does not feel particularly impacted by one or more of these considerations may not notice, let alone focus on this NJCDLP’s node, forum, and/or related endeavors. But the sustainability of mankind and earth’s biosphere at least arguably hinges on the sustainability of justice within the meaning of our world’s most widely accepted view of fairness. Hence the importance of identifying and redressing actual, as well as dispelling purported structural gaps in America’s legal system that leave it an all too handy tool of injustice.

    NJCDLP will commit its MAHB node and forum to firmly linking the sustainability of mankind and earth’s biosphere to the sustainability of justice, particularly in America; identifying structural gaps in America’s legal system that leave it an all too handy tool of injustice; and proposing how to redress those actual or potential threats to justice.

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