"Dignity is the core of justice."
- Victor Rios
Respond to this quote.. How does it work with you? How does it relate to your project? What does it mean?

Think of questions for Bart Lubow, speaking THIS week, Feb. 15 and Dustin Olson, speaking next week, Feb. 22.
Below is some background information for both to help you start formulating questions.

- Bart Lubow, Director of Annie E. Casey Foundation Juvenile Justice Strategy Group
    No Place for Kids, Annie E. Casey Foundation Report
- Dustin Olson, Chief of the UC Santa Barbara Police Department (with Lieutenant Ray Vuillemainroy, Isla Vista Foot Patrol)
   Article about student arrest and video of iv foot patrol firebombing
   video of the uc davis pepper spraying is already on Justice resource page:
    Questions students might ask for a respectful discussion:
        for uc police: how does the fallout of uc davis pepper spraying affect policies and practices of ucsb police?
        for sheriff's rep: are tensions between students and law enforcement escalating with Occupy and other movement? (The              student arrested reportedly attended SB Occupy events.)

2/12/2012 08:24:38 am

I remember Victor describing the justice system as a systematic stripping of dignity. Without dignity, there is no justice; it is a basic right. It is something that makes you feel worth as an individual. This idea relates to my project in that animals often hold a lack of dignity due to the unfair treatment by people. Animals (especially in the farming/ranching/breeding industries) are seen as objects and commodities rather than individual life forms. There is a serious lack of respect, humanity, and justice for these abused/mistreated animals. They are not able to live their lives as animals. There's no dignity... no justice.

alina lipanski

2/12/2012 12:15:17 pm

Something that Dr. Victor Rios said during his presentation to our class when describing this concept of dignity being the core of justice was that "for many people/subjects, justice is a matter of life or death". He talked about vulnerable populations on the verge of death. This relates to my project directly because for many people, identifiying as LGBTQ can be a life or death. It is not safe for some people to come out because of the possibility of violence or even death, (such as the deaths of Matthew Shepard, Larry King).

Dr. Rios also mentioned social death in addition to physical death.
The fact that some people in the LGBTQ community cannot marry the person they love and have the same rights that come with marriage is an example of how their freedom is being denied. They are being stripped of their dignity and ability to be human and are therefore subjected to injustice.

Andrea Vargas

2/12/2012 01:50:23 pm

The definition I usually associate with “dignity” is as follows: “nobility or elevation of character; worthiness.” I also think that self-respect and pride play a key role in dignity. I do not particularly agree with this quote, however, perhaps because I feel dignity is not necessarily the foundation on which justice is brought to my subject of focus: the expression of female sexuality.

Do women lack dignity? I don’t think so. In fact, I think we have so much pride and pressure to remain pure and dignified that if we slip up and go against what society says is improper; we feel shame, embarrassment, and guilt. The importance of self-respect gets confused for women today, I think, because we are living in a time of flux. Women are more independent than ever, and are capable of having the same sexual freedom as men. However, because this “hookup culture” is just arising, there is still a stigma placed on women and sexual expression. This leads to terms like “slut” being casually tossed around. This repressive attitude makes many women feel they have lost their dignity, when in fact, they are simply acting upon or discussing what is such a huge part of every person’s life: sexuality. A woman is not disrespecting herself by talking about sex, having sex, or exploring sexuality in any way.

So overall, I think dignity has been taken to extremes when it comes to female sexual expression. Women and men alike hold women to a certain high standard or “elevation of character” and are quick to judge those whom do not meet their personal standards of dignity.

On another note, this week I interviewed and photographed 4 women (3 from KUFF). Some of the images and quotes I am working with are posted on my blog under "Images" and "Girl Talk".


2/13/2012 05:31:07 pm

Last Saturday, Kevin, Mariana and I went to Downtown Santa Barbara in hope of seeing police officer in action toward the civillians. Unfortunately, there was nothing as interactive as we thought it would be. Three of us settle down on Monday to discuss our current status. Unfortunately it possible that we might do our theme separately but still cooperating interms of advise and brainstorming. I willing to help both Kevin and Mariana with taking photo whenever they need me. Still, now I have to focus on my final project a little more.

2/14/2012 11:14:20 am

Dignity is the core of justice...it reminds me of a quote that one of his students (Marina Chavez) mentioned in his class, "Justice is what wronged people cry out for" because for me coming from a working class background, immigrant family...I am a female of color, I have more than just a double consciousness. I see the world is filled with many injustices but I think that I can see more of injustices because of how my positionally and background intersect. Dignity is so crucial for my people, my razz, mi gent because we have to constantly fight to reclaim our stories, our voices, our dignity. The work I do in my own research is all about giving people their dignity and respect. No dignity, is no respect, if there is no respect there is no love and in my case that I work with "gang associated" street life oriented youth, love only can come from empathy. Its about constantly and consistently working with integrity and keep our struggle alive. Keeping it lit because many people don't know or understand it.

Andrea Napoli
2/15/2012 01:22:13 pm

"Dignity is the core of justice"
To treat everyone as a person demanding the same amount of dignity and respect would be a fundamental of justice in my opinion. I would see it as a measure of preemptive justice. A way of life to ensure that no justice would be demanded by the mistreated. This is an ideal that I know I try to live with, but know that many do not. I feel that religious, and social ideals often clash with the idea of dignity for all because they create a hierarchy of people who are right and those who are wrong and people who are better than others. I think these systems are the ones that need to be changed to give justice to all.
I realized that there was more dignity in the public school system than I thought. After visiting schools in the LA area it was clear the the district is trying to close the education gap. There are too many external factors that they cannot control holding these kids back. I expected to see huge disparity between facilities and quality of teachers but found that there was no huge differences to account for the education gap that exists for these kids.

more about my project at: http://andreaart120.blogspot.com/

Alaina Judd
2/18/2012 06:44:18 am

"dignity is the core of justice"

This is a troublesome quote for my particular project in this course which is on abortion and birth control. Here are the two sides I see to this quote in regards to my project.

the mother's dignity - When a woman has dignity she has respect for herself. She is in complete control of her body. Therefore, it should be solely the woman's decision as to whether or not she wants to control her body using birth control. It also means, that if a woman has an unplanned pregnancy that she should be able to do whatever she wants, including getting an abortion. The decision is only hers and no one should interfere because that would take away her dignity.

the unborn fetus' dignity - Does an unborn fetus have dignity? At what point does a fetus gain dignity? For, if it does have dignity then it deserves the right to live. Taking away its life would take away its dignity and therefore be unjust.

So, if both do have dignity then when does the mother's out weigh the fetus'? Can they both have dignity? Or is it impossible for a mother with an unwanted pregnancy to both obtain personal justice and for the unborn child to have it as well?

These are some of the questions I hope that my final project will address.

Let me know if you have any input!

Jessica Law
2/21/2012 03:23:00 pm

have been contacting to document an adoption happen, yet there's still no scheduled adoption. And, planning to focus on something more specific. Will show more facts about abandoned dogs on blog.



10/5/2012 03:02:48 pm

Good job

6/26/2013 10:32:35 pm

Victor Rios's words are so true. Just think about it. I was there at the talk by Bart Lubow. He explained it in a so beautiful way. But I missed the talk at Dustin Olson on February 22nd. I really wanted to ask some questions to him.


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