Justice matters beyond gates of Cabrini College

By Jake Verterano
April 30, 2009

Justice matters. We all know the slogan and we’ve all had it shoved down our throats.

I’m sure many of us have heard it at one time or another and thought it was a new spin off of “Law & Order” or something. Nope, it’s Cabrini College’s new curriculum motto.

What exactly does it mean?

Justice matters means not having to watch someone who needs help beg for help.

It’s having the power and skills to step in and actually help them. It’s that one thing that makes each and every student who walks through Founder’s Hall a hero.

Throughout the world, there are people suffering. There’s people who can’t support their own families, let alone themselves.

There’s children caring for their siblings at the ripe age of five. There’s women being traded around like their some sort of collectible.

Now, I don’t mean to sound like an infomercial, but the unfortunate truth is that these issues are real and horrors like this exist in the world.

OK, now I know what you’re saying.

“Why the hell is Jake giving us advice on social justice?! He doesn’t care about this stuff.”

Well, I didn’t care about this stuff. You’re right.

However, that was a few months ago when I closed myself off to wanting to learn about this.

I used to believe that perezhilton.com was the best piece of literature and Britney Spears was the most important person in the world. OK, I still do kind of believe that last part.

But, here’s the thing. If we’re not going to help these people out, who will?

If the current generation isn’t doing anything to aid these people and our generation frankly doesn’t care, it’s not looking good for the citizens of third world countries. Their crisis is already getting worse as it is.

OK, so we all know the U.S. has it’s own social justice problems to begin with. We have poverty. and we have human trafficking.

Hell, we still even have huge problems with equality but we are much better off than the third world countries suffering throughout the world.

By helping all of these less stable countries, we can solve our own problems here at home.

By creating a system to loan money and food to the starving and jobless people of these countries we will instantly create an ally.

I don’t know if anyone noticed, but we’re in a bit of a jam right now and we could always use some extra help.

Protection is the key here. People kill for food. This puts our country at less risk. Cruise ships and other means of travel won’t be attacked by starving people any longer.

Not only will the U.S. be more protected, but if the people aren’t hungry they’ll be able to work. They can make goods, creating another trade country with the United States.

One of the best things our country can do is to educate these countries on health issues and other concerns.

The reason disease runs rampant in these countries is because the people simply aren’t educated. By giving them the proper knowledge they need they can protect themselves from cases of disease and violence.

Sound like a bunch of crap to you? Yeah, I thought so at first as well. However, solutions like this actually work.

China was a third world country just years ago, now it’s one of the strongest nations in the world. They were fortunate enough to receive what they needed to build their country up.

This all probably sounds like too much work and you’re probably wondering how you can get involved with something like this.

Here’s how. Call your local senator. Go online and find out who the senator is for your area.

Call their office and simply schedule a meeting to lobby for something you care about.

It can be hunger, drugs, disease, whatever you think needs to be addressed, locally or globally.

We can make a difference. We can use our skills we learn in college to “save the world.”

Justice matters. It’s not about what’s right or wrong, it’s about what’s just.

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