John Silvestri, Esq

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Social Justice

Environmental Justice

As a lawyer, I know we have our share of bad lawyers.  Likewise, there are some bad police officers.  That will always be.  However, there are a very small number of bad lawyers, because we are regulated under professional licensing standards.  May you consider legislative reform to create standards of conduct, standards of ethics, and centralized discipline for police officers?

Lawyers, psychologists, doctors, real estate appraisers, barbers, hair stylists, real estate brokers, massage therapists, veterinarians, accountants, and many more occupations, are all licensed professionals.  We must perform our occupations by a code of conduct, and by a code of ethics.  We are subject to discipline, and loss of license, when our conduct or ethics falls below standards, after investigation and review by a state board.

The current Pennsylvania police certification law has no code of conduct, and no code of ethics.  Complaints about bad police officers are "handled" by the local level officials who hire them, using standards the locals make up for the situation.  Is there a police officer out there who does not consider herself, or himself, a professional?  The good police officers should desire to be recognized as professionals, and should desire to get rid of bad police officers who give good police officers a bad reputation.

Carbon Labels:  There is a new idea for food labeling, catching on in progressive countries, and starting to be used by a few food companies whose products do not contribute to hypertension, diabetes and cancer, and do not contribute to damaging earth.  The labeling is called "carbon labels":  See Wired magazine, Tuesday 4 February 2020, article by Oliver Franklin-Wallis, or an excerpt.

We label fridges to show their environmental impact – why not food?   Mandatory environmental labels will change what we consume, and hence, what is produced for our consumption.