Justice Matters: Two Wrongs Do NOT Make a Right, Evil Prospers When Good People Do Nothing

First, you have a community.  After a crime, the community has a harmed victim.  Evil prospers when good people do nothing.  Not only is there crime, the offenders are not treated humanely.

Good people doing something are the guests of Jaws of Justice on 5-31-31.  Host Terri Wilke speaks with four members of Justice Matters, Barbara Palmer, Deb Engstrom, Ralph Planthold and Joanna Harader.


Justice Matters began like a lot of great things do in Lawrence KS – over a good cup of coffee.  Members of the clergy dreamed of strengthening community justice and identified affordable housing and increased mental health treatment to start.   In an organized fashion, as Justice Matter’s goals were met on those issues, new issues have been revealed.  Presently, Justice Matters has three action items:  restorative practices in schools, end homelessness and create jail alternatives.  This work improves the community for all.

Listeners can learn more about the jail alternatives committee’s work to reduce the jail population in Douglas County Kansas.   The idea is dramatically different than the status quo – try to keep people OUT of jail.

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“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”

Calendar for the week of May 31st:

According to the CDC, if you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic – without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, you can find a vaccine.  See the FAQS at kcmo.gov.


  • MON, May 31st, 3 PM, Online event. Monday Meets, get to know the WillowDomestic Violence Center. Facebook Live



  • TUES, June 1st, 6 PM the Safe and Welcoming coalition of Wyandotte CTY will have a talk with Unified Government Commissioners. Online, more info on Facebook


  • WED, June 2nd As part of UMKC’s Film and The Law series, the online webinar includes a viewing of The Exonerated – a stunning expose of the American criminal justice system gone horribly wrong – followed by a panel discussion with exonerees Darryl Burton, Lamonte McIntyre, and Joseph Amrine. More info at https://law.umkc.edu/cle/events.html


  • THURS, June 3rd, 7 PM “How to wearorange” is a Virtual Tutorial hosted by Moms Demand Action – MO The weekend of June 5th is national wear orange to raise awareness of the national need for gun sense. More info at https://momsdemandaction.org/events/


  • SAT June 5th , 9 AM, Voting Matters: A Conversation with Election Commissioners hosted by the League of Women Voters – Johnson County KS You can join them for an engaging conversation with the election commissioners of two of the largest counties in Kansas: Fred Sherman of Johnson County and Michael Abbott of Wyandotte County. Preregister for the zoom at https://www.lwvjoco.org/


  • SAT, June 5th, 9 AM, Step Up & Lead: Building Your Network is an Online event hosted by Mainstream Coalition More info on Facebook



  • SAT, June 5th, 11 AM KC Tenants Mega Canvass is at Trinity United Methodist Church, 620 E Armour Blvd, KCMO You can join to connect with hundreds of tenants to learn issues. There will be breakfast and a quick training for canvassing. Masks are required! More info on Facebook.


  • SAT, June 5th, 10 AM – 3 PM is the MISD MARKETPLACE at the COMMUNITY FELLOWSHIP CHURCH of JESUS CHRIST 3838 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd For more info visit misdkc.org or email [email protected] Sunrise blood drive will be there from 9 AM – 2 PM You can visit RedCrossBlood.org  and enter CommunityFellowship to schedule appt


Please take care of yourselves and others. Thanks to all our listeners, stay close to your dial and stay well!

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