2. SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
All persons should have the rights and opportunity to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment. We must consciously confront in ourselves, our organizations, and society at large, barriers such as racism and class oppression, sexism and homophobia, ageism and disability, which act to deny fair treatment and equal justice under the law (Green Party of Colorado website).
-Respect for the value of all people: The following is taken from the Green Party of the United States: 2010 Platform
-Ban private prisons.Implement a moratorium on prison construction. Redirect funds to alternatives to incarceration.Require that each state prison system install a rehabilitation administrator with equal authority as the highest authority.Ensure that all prisoners have the opportunity to obtain a General Education Diploma (i.e. high school equivalency diploma) and higher education. Education has proven to reduce recidivism by 10%.Ensure the First Amendment rights of prisoners, including to communicate with journalists, write letters, publish their own writings, and become legal experts on their own cases(http://www.gp.org/committees/platform/2010/social-justice.php#1002001).
The U.S. governmental system is so flawed that the citizens of the U.S. who are informed are hoping for the innocent to escape from the terrorizing leaders in order to allow the citizens, including those other than the 1% wealthiest to know about the crimes and the rights to freedom and liberty for the people (SH).
From my wanacaare Digg.com:
It is being revealed more and more how little the U.S. government values human beings. It's practice of cruel and unusual punishment is detestable, both in the United States and in other countries. They are the world's greatest promoters of terror. It is done as policy, almost as tradition, for profit, as a means of control, as a bully sending a message of power and needs to change.
It should not matter if someone is guilty or not, no human being should endure more than a week of solitaire or a month without seeing someone they care about. They should not have to eat filthy food or not have materials to give their minds peace. It is obvious that those in authority should not "allow" beatings and mistreatment. Humans are like any other animal, the elders are teaching the younger species how to act; whether with care and nurturing or terror and cruelty to one another.
Inside the U.S. and outside the U.S. our values and thus actions must change from cruelty, torture, murder and power policies to concern, respect life, decency, and tolerance.