My work with the poor and the incarcerated has persuaded me that the opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of wealth is justice…I have come to believe that the true measure of our commitment to justice, the character of our society, our commitment to the rule of law, fairness and equality cannot be measured by how we treat the rich, the powerful, the privileged, and the respected among us. The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the incarcerated, and the condemned.

Byran Stevenson b.1959   United States   Human Rights Lawyer and Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative