I've mentioned before that I am a broke-ass librarian. Well, one of the benefits of being a broke-ass librarian is that, sometimes, you get to go to library conferences. Thousands of nerds just like me gather from all across the country to talk about marvelous, nerdy things. Huzzah!
In 2014, I went to the Public Library Association conference in Indianapolis where I had the opportunity to see Bryan Stevenson speak about the work he does with the Equal Justice Initiative: "The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society." This is no small task, and I found Mr. Stevenson's story incredibly moving. "The opposite of poverty is not wealth," he asserted. "The opposite of poverty is justice." You can see his TED talk here.
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