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Sophia Migias
P.S. 2

Sophia Migias

Have you ever heard the words “Justice for all?” Well most students recite it every day in school. We have heard the words “Justice for all” during the Pledge of Allegiance of the United States of America. When I had first encountered this question, I realized that I had never thought about this question in my entire life. Everyone…

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Susan Hassan
P.S. 122

Susan Hassan

Justice for all is a right that everyone is born with no matter their background, skin color or religion. Just for all means respect, fairness, and equality for all. Justice is a way of making sure that the majority of society remains safe. Justice revolves around the principle that every action has a consequence.

The textbook definition of justice…

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Paraskevi Skordas
I.S. 141

Paraskevi Skordas

As stated by Winston Churchill to show the world how simple words have strong meanings, “All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” Although “justice for all” is perhaps, three simple, small words, those three, simple, small words have a big and powerful meaning. Having “justice for…

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Nora Rivera-Larkin
I.S. 227

Nora Rivera-Larkin

Webster’s dictionary defines justice for all as “the maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited reward or punishments for everyone.” I think that justice for all represents the passion America has for fairness. But I do not think that America has always lived up to it. Often…

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Melanie Arias
Academy of American Studies High School

Melanie Arias

As the United States of America progresses and evolves, the understanding of what justice is continues to adjust in meaning as well. America was founded on the ideas and morals expressed in documents such as the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, which includes specific references to the idea that “all men are created equal.” Throughout our nations history, students…

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Panagiota Giannakos
Bayside High School

Panagiota Giannakos

​Every morning students all over the nation rise from their seats, cross their right hand over their heart and recite the pledge. After mindlessly saying the words they have repeated so many times before, they end it with the statement “with liberty and justice for all,” take their seats and continue with their business. It has come to my attention…

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Sashwat Adhikari
P.S. 122

Sashwat Adhikari

“Tock!” goes the gavel, followed by a projected voice, “All rise.” To many of us, this is the place most commonly associated with the word “justice”: the courtroom. Here, some may find justice, and others may find punishment. For the sake of what is right, people put together evidence much like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, and may sometimes…

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Samantha Ferguson
Long Island City High School

Samantha Ferguson

In the pledge of allegiance the last line stated is “and justice for all”. The definition of justice means being fair, and treating people equally. Therefore justice for all means treating everyone equally regardless of race, or religion.

The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August 1892 by Francis Bellamy. It was originally published in The Youth’s Companion on September…

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Brandon Bloecker
FDNY Engine 307

Brandon Bloecker

In schools across the nation, students recite the pledge of allegiance; “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Throughout our nation’s history we have seen our country divided about what ‘justice for all’ really means. To…

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Michelle Doody
FDNY Ladder 154

Michelle Doody

Ever since my first day on this Earth, even if I cannot remember it all that well, I know that I have been raised to realize that the American way is the best way. Although this is an opinion, I know that I am not alone when I say it. Every morning at school while stating the Pledge of Allegiance,…

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Marissa Doody
FDNY Ladder 154

Marissa Doody

The Pledge of Allegiance is something that is recited everyday by children in schools across America. The closing line of the pledge is “and justice for all”. The concept of “justice for all” has always been a controversial one, and Americans are constantly divided over what it actually means. This is especially true in recent month, in light of the…

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Gabrielle Monge
CCC Queensview Inc.

Gabrielle Monge

When I used to hear the word “justice” I would quickly think of a courtroom with a judge slamming down a gavel, sending the bad guy to jail to serve time for his crimes. I would only think of it in context of the law. My ideas on the word changed once I thought about it in the context of…

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