Empathy is, at its simplest, the ability to understand and be aware of the feelings and thoughts of other people, so much that you actually co-experience them. Empathy is one of the most important aspects of cultivating harmonious relationships, enhancing emotional awareness, and reducing harm – yet it can be complicated at times. Threatened by judgment and fear, we risk opportunities to connect to do good for all.
With empathy, understanding, and love, we can build the political will needed to rectify the damage caused by the incarceration industry on individuals, families, and our society. Here's the pledge we're urging Americans to take:
I pledge to be a positive influence on my friends, family, and community.
I promise to listen with an open heart, without judgement.
I give my word to speak with sincerity and kindness.
When I am challenged, I will see the humanity in others.
I commit to recognizing and checking my privileges.
I understand that we come from different backgrounds.
I vow to pay attention to our societal needs.
I will choose love when things get hard.
I pledge to choose empathy.
We are building empathy amongst millions of people across the nation. Join the movement and stand with those impacted by the criminal justice system.
Sign the pledge here: