Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Justice Conference in Philadelphia!

So many of you may not know this but I am all about some justice. It is one of the things I am most passionate about in life. Even justice on TV shows. I love it. One of my family's favorite shows is NCIS and a huge part of that is because Gibbs is just and typically delivers justice in a one hour episode.


When looking at the darkness and horrors of the world, justice is what gives us hope. Hope that things will not always be dark and horrible. Hope that light is on the way. Hope that all of the wrongs will be righted. 

You don't have to look far to see injustice. It is everywhere and it can be a little overwhelming. So what do we do about it? 

Well that is why I am going to The Justice Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this February, to learn about the best ways to fight injustice, shine light in dark places, and help others do the same. 

They are going to have tons of different speakers from all walks of life who represent all types of people and organizations. For example some of the speakers I'm looking forward to hearing are Chai Ling from All Girls Allowed, who was a student leader at the Tiananmen Square protest in Beijing, China and now fights the injustice of China's One Child Policy and helps the victims of this brutal policy; or Sheryl WuDunn who, with her husband, wrote Half the Sky, and fights injustices against women around the world; and Gary Haugen, the President and CEO of the International Justice Mission, an international human rights organization that fights injustices like slavery, sexual exploitation, and oppression around the world, just to name a few. 

A Heart for Freedom
Chai Ling

To prepare I've been doing some research on the speakers and their organizations and have quite a reading list to complete before I leave. I've put it at the bottom of the page and put an Amazon link to the books on the right panel. So far I have only read A Heart for Freedom and am currently finishing When Helping Hurts, and recommend both, but I have also heard great reviews on the others from people who have read them. Maybe I will post some reviews or something later. Also, if you're not much of a reader, the documentary Half the Sky is on Netflix! Be sure to watch it too! 

Sheryl WuDunn

The conference also include tons of exhibitors like Toms, Hope International, and Food for the Hungry, World Vision, again, just to name a few. 

One for One

In addition to all of this, I'm excited about going to Philadelphia! What better place to have a conference on justice than the home of liberty itself?!  My mom and I have our Philadelphia guidebook and have been googling where to find the best Philly Cheesesteak! If you have ever been and have some "Must Sees" leave a comment or send a message.  
The Liberty Bell

For more info on The Justice Conference, click here
And be sure to check back later for my post about Philly! I can't wait!

My reading list before the conference:
  • A Heart for Freedom by Chai Ling 
  • When Helping Hurts by Brian Fikkert
  • Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn
  • Global Soccer Mom: Changing the World is Easier Than You Think by Shayne Moore

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