Nan Aron, head of Alliance for Justice, and I went to the same high school. We shared the same remarkable teacher, Eric Rothschild, as a mentor. Why is that important? Because Nan (who was a bright star among many stars, academically, (whereas I was not), were both getting a college education look and questioning of American History. Rothschild's mother was one of the founders of the New York Civil Liberties Union, which formed at the peril of members, vis-a-vis Senator McCarthy. So our teacher knew first-hand and was also so brilliant, always asking for questions as well as answers about history, civics, civil liberties. Nan, since graduating from law school, dedicated herself to civil liberties. I believe she worked for the NY Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU, and at some point figured Washington, DC is the heartbeat of freedom. Among the three branches of government, each has imperiled our liberty, sometimes by law, sometimes by federal decisions, sometimes by Presidential fiat. Nan's vision propels the AFJ. Her vision is of a Constitution upheld by law and the decisions made over the centuries. AFJ has a huge agenda now: trying to make the Congress, Supreme Court, and President all come to the bar of law with their best understanding of law and justice. AFJ demands what Mr.. Rothschild demanded: to think and act to keep our country solid and free. As Ben Franklin is credited with the response to a lady as he came out of the Constitutional Convention, as she asked what kind of country we will have, Franklin said, "A democracy, if YOU can keep it." That challenge was eternal to America. For AFJ, the existence of a fouled-up republic is also a concern. I know where Nan comes from. And AFJ comes from her live-long work. This is the most upright non-profit I can think of, admiration for Nan aside.
Alliance for Justice presents my homework (on judicial issues) to me comprehensively and simply, and provides me with convenient and efficient tools for taking action on them. This way, I can effectively add my voice to those the President and Congressional members are hearing from, right on time. With such depressing judicial developments as the Supreme Court's so-called Citizens United ruling, members of the general public such as me need exactly what AFJ provides.
Alliance for Justice continues to impress me with their approach of reporting issues, actions, and ongoing activities without making the "request for donation" appear as the primary focus of the newsletter.
i depend on The Alliance for Social Justice to inform me of the pressing issues on social justice and to provide me with the opportunities to act on these issues. I have 40 years in the not for profit sector and strongly believe that this organization is top in its field.
I have been working in the nonprofit arena for the past 15 years and have had the opportunity to interact with the wonderful staff of legal trainers at AFJ on multiple occasions. Not only are they brilliant and fun, but their ability to make the law accessible to those of us working around the country is unparalleled. Thank you, AFJ!