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New civil rights group to hold interest meeting


Student organizations are one of the best parts of attending Jacksonville State University. They foster student unity and help to make the university feel like home.

A new organization on campus has the ability to do that and more. The Justice and Civil Rights Initiative is headed by Ed Nathaniel Moore III and his vice president Torsten Dryden.

The Justice and Civil Rights Initiative’s goal is to “provide help to those in the community whose rights have been infringed upon regarding
social, civil and criminal issues,” according to Moore.

The Mission Statement reads,“The Mission of the Justice and Civil Rights Initiative is to assist in the progression of civil, social and cultural understanding for all people, regardless of gender, race, color, creed, ethnicity, nationality, age, sexual orientation or disability, while providing advocacy to address and investigate acts of civil or human wrongdoing, as well as any other form of inappropriate, potentially harmful, negligent or criminal behavior aimed at infringing upon the rights of an individual or individuals, while also serving as a liaison or representative, be it public or private, to those who are victims of civil or human wrongdoing.”

It all began with Moore, who was a reporter for 91.9 FM WLJS in Jacksonville. He saw a need to be met within the student body, and began planning a way to meet those needs.

He acquired first-hand knowledge of people who had endured having their rights violated and didn’t know where to turn. They didn’t understand that even though there might not have been a criminal element to their discrimination, they can still find help.

Moore talked of how invaluable Dryden is to the start of their organization. “We make a great team”, Moore states. He looks forward to seeing how well the vice president will perform his duties.

This organization wants to provide help in all ways against the infringement of rights, partially by leading people to the right channels to handle any problem. It is important because people do not know that some of their options even exist. This action alone will make a large impact on the quality of life of JSU students.

There will be an interest meeting for members on January 16th 2014 in Merrill Hall at 6:30 PM. Everyone with a passion for “civil, criminal, and social issues” is encouraged to attend, according to Moore.

While there will not be interviews, a selection process is to be expected.

Anyone with the desire to be on the executive board will be interviewed and selected by Moore and Dryden. The executive board together will continue to map out the ways they can make a positive impact.

When asked what he wants readers to know about this organization is that there is now going to be someone to advocate for them, Moore said that no one has to go without the help they need.

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