The American Justice System Is A Joke, And It Needs To Change

The American Justice System Is A Joke, And It Needs To Change

Here is why you should want to change the courts, too.
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In case you haven't noticed, the American justice system is a joke. There is absolutely no "justice" about it. You may think it only has to do with murderers going free and innocent people on death row. While that is unexplainably terrible, it can also hit a lot closer to home than you might think.

Personally, I am involved in a civil case.

A woman owes me money via contract, and I am just trying to get what I am owed in the most peaceful way. I filed a court case, and hoped that I could attain my money without any threats from her. Seven months later, I am still trying to get her served because she can run to another place or just not answer the doorbell, and I can't actually do anything to get my money back.

I have the contract. I have all of the information. Yet, since she wants to run across a state border, I am helpless. No one wants to assist me unless I pay them a hefty lawyer's fee. She possessed a stolen item from me as well. When the cops found it, they let her off with a warning and THREW AWAY my possession.

A close person to me recently got assaulted, and I was a witness to the situation. The person who did it lives out of state, so guess what: They can't do anything about it. A person gets away with ATTACKING an innocent person in the street. It is currently getting swept under the rug by the establishment where it occurred, because they are scared of the negative publicity.

If those past two stories don't make you realize how much the justice system absolutely sucks, then I don't know what will.

Those are just stories that I am involved in. What about ones that people around me are involved in that I don't even know about? What about a family member of yours that can't get any justice unless they want to pay their life savings to a lawyer or private detective? America needs a lot of reform, but personally, I am tired of the bad guy always winning.

People keep telling me to just let it go and use it as a life lesson, but if people keep just letting these things go, there will NEVER be a change.

People are getting away with so many crimes because of these invisible things we like to call "borders." Just because one person runs to another state, the justice system just says "Oh well, they're invisible now," and gives up. It gets put on the innocent plaintiff to find them, which can honestly end up really bad. If people are running from the law, do you really think they will handle it well when they find out people are still trying to find them? No.

Let's look at the case of Ezekiel Elliott, the running back for the Dallas Cowboys. He got accused of sexual assault, and then the NFL suspended him for six games. That is their regulation. Elliott got so many appeals, he actually got to prolong his sentence for MONTHS.

Do you think that the average person could appeal several times on someone else's dime? No. It's laughable to even think that could happen. Elliott is famous and plays a sport, so he is above everyone else? He gets to waste our money so that he can still play his game after getting charged with sexually assaulting more than one woman?

All I am asking is that people start reflecting what is really going on out there. Start realizing that the courts don't do the justice they are designed to do. Stop letting crimes go under the radar, such as the one with my close friend, simply because a place doesn't want to "look bad."

Do something about it. Go to your representatives. Help people out when they say they are trying to serve papers to the defendant peacefully. Do what you can to help provide justice, since our courts clearly can't do it.

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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I Spoke With A Group Of DACA Recipients And Their Stories Moved Me To Tears

An experience that forever changed my perspective on "illegal" immigrants.

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I thought I was just filming about a club meeting for a project, but when I entered the art-filled room located in a corner of the student common area, I knew this experience would be much more than a grade for a class.

I was welcomed in by a handful of people wearing various Arizona State hoodies and T-shirts that were all around my age. They were college students, like myself, but something felt different when talking to them. They were comforting, shy at first, and more driven than the peers that I usually meet.

As I began to look around the room, I noticed a good amount of art, murals, religious pieces, and a poster that read, "WE STAND WITH DREAMERS." The club was meant for students at ASU that are either undocumented or DACA recipients.

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As a U.S. citizen college student, you typically tend to think about your GPA, money, and dating. As a DACA recipient college student, there are many more issues crowding your brain. When I sat down at a club meeting for students my age dealing with entirely different problems as me, my eyes were opened to bigger issues.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program allows for individuals that crossed the border as children to be protected from deportation and to go to school or work. Commonly known as DREAMers, these individuals are some of the most hard-working, goal-oriented and focused people I have met, and that's solely because they have to be.

In order to apply to be a DACA recipient, it is required that the applicant is attending school with a high school diploma, or a military veteran, as well as have a clean criminal record. While being a DACA recipient does not mean that you can become a permanent citizen of the United States, it allows for opportunities that may not be offered in their home country.

It's no secret that the United States has dealt with immigration in a number of ways. From forming new policies to building a wall on our nation's border, we see efforts to keep immigrants from entering the U.S. every day. But what about the people who are affected?

As the club members and I began a painting activity regarding where we came from and how we got to where we are today, I began to feel the urge to cry.

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One girl described the small Mexican town that she grew up in and the family that still resides there. She went on to talk about how important education is to her family and so much so that it was the cause of her family's move to the United States when she was still a child. Her voice wavered when she talked about the changing immigration policies that prevent her from seeing her family in Mexico.

Another member of the club, a boy with goals of becoming a journalist, talked of his depression and obstacles regarding growing up as an undocumented student. Once he was told by his father that he was illegal, he began to set himself apart from his peers and became someone he did not think he would ever be.

All of my worries seemed small in comparison to theirs, and I felt a pang of regret for realizing I take my own citizenship for granted every single day.

Terminating the policy would lead to the displacement of about 800,000 people. We tend to forget about the human aspect of all of this change, but it's the most important part.

For more information about this club, visit https://www.facebook.com/USEEASU/

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