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EJI Calendar 5/1

This year I began donating to the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). Here’s a partial statement about their activities from their about page:

Founded in 1989 by Bryan Stevenson, a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer and bestselling author of Just Mercy, EJI is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. We challenge the death penalty and excessive punishment and we provide re-entry assistance to formerly incarcerated people.

As a thank you for donating, I received a calendar with a “This day in History” format. I wasn’t taught very much of this history when I was in school and I doubt it is much taught today. Some of the things mentioned seemed too horrible to have really happened, but every item I’ve checked against other sources checks out. Those things happened.

So, from today through April 30, 2019, I’m going to make it my mission to share this history with you. It needs to be told, understood, shared and acted upon.

We begin with the EJI Calendar for May 1:

1863. In the midst of the Civil War, Confederate Congress declares black Union soldiers criminals and authorizes their enslavement or execution.

Notice that the punishment did not extend to White soldiers nor did it distinguish between black residents of the Confederacy and black residents of the Union.

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