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We Cannot Give Up

By Dr. Andrea C. Kandel, NCCJ President & CEO

Dear NCCJ Community,
Events of the last month from Orlando to Baton Rouge to Minneapolis to Dallas…the litany continues…and I wonder if any of you, like me, were fighting a sense of despair for the soul of our country. At times like these, it can be easy to give into despair, but what I know is true, is that we cannot give up nor give into the forces that keep dividing and destroying us. 

Here at NCCJ, we are planning educational forums and hot-topic discussions to address what is happening in our country. We hope to contribute in creating and advocating for safe, inclusive and just communities for all, and I mean ALL. 

In that spirit, I have included a link to an article by Michelle Alexander that I feel is an important read for all of us who care about social justice. 

And I leave you with these words from The Talmud.

"Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief.
Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now.
You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it."

In hope,
Andrea C. Kandel, Ed.D.
NCCJ President/CEO


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Tue, 7 December 2021