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Angelina Jolie's Brother James Haven: 'We the People' Speech!

Angelina Jolie's Brother James Haven: 'We the People' Speech!

James Haven, the older brother of Angelina Jolie, has written a piece for the Huffington Post adapted from his “We the People” speech, in which he speaks out against child abuse.

The 40-year-old actor is the honorary Senior Advisor on Global Issues at Harvard and founder of the CoreCause Foundation, which “seeks to attack the world’s causes from a preventative rather than recovery stand point.”

“So I say on behalf of those children who cannot speak anymore and for the countless children and adults who are afraid to speak… Justice is coming,” James says in the piece.

Make sure to follow James on Twitter at @TheOne!

Click inside to read the full speech from James Haven

In 1787 a document was created… It’s opening sentence reads… We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Those are the opening words of the United States Constitution…. And whether you are a Conservative or a Liberal, an Independent or a member of the Green Party, I cannot see any words within that sentence that you should disagree with. Yet, for many children in this country of ours, there is injustice every day of their lives, there is fear instead of domestic tranquility, there is no common defense, nor promotion of their general welfare, and the blessings of liberty has no security for us nor many of these children who are our future generations.

Why is this? Simple. As with all movements for change, there is a tipping point where what seems like isolated incidences or things that are not associated with other things later in life come to the forefront. And a nation or a society cannot ignore the cries for justice anymore. This is today. This is tomorrow. This is the days and the weeks and the months and years head. And all we must remember is WE ARE THE PEOPLE…

That is why I am so honored and humbled to speak here today… On this historic April 22nd 2013… In 47 States there are straight and gay couples, mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, sisters and brothers, nieces and nephews, biological and adopted children all joined together for one cause… To raise awareness that child abuse affects all of us… Now when I say all of us. I mean all of us. Not just children. Not just teens. But as adults as well.

Listen very carefully…

66% percent of adults in treatment for drug abuse reported being abused as children.

80% of young adults who suffered child abuse or neglect, met criteria for at least one psychiatric disorder by age 21, including depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.

42% percent of children who are molested are suicidal by their teens.

Abused and neglected children are 11 times more likely to engage in criminal behavior as an adult.

Sentencing in crimes against children typically carries 25 percent of the sentencing if the same crime was committed against an adult.

Child abuse and neglect in America is growing at a very high rate. And the most vulnerable is 0-6 in age. Thousands are being exploited and millions are in poverty and living on our streets across the nation.

124 billion is the minimum annual cost to the U.S. directly related to child abuse… Healthcare for mental illnesses and substance abuse… Child welfare and protection… Law enforcement and court systems to handle juvenile and adult criminal cases.

Those are very sobering statistics. But they also prove the most important statistic of all. That as Fredrick Douglas once said, “It is easier to build strong children than it is to fix broken men.”

But I have good news.. Justice is coming!

This leads me to my favorite word in the world… Justice!

So I say on behalf of those children who cannot speak anymore and for the countless children and adults who are afraid to speak… Justice is coming.

To the clergy who have sinned against our children… Justice is Coming!

To the friends and family members who have sinned against our children… Justice is Coming!

To the teachers and coaches who have sinned against our children… Justice is Coming!

To the neighbors and caretakers who have sinned against our children… Justice is Coming!

And to the politicians who have ignored your cries for too long… Justice is Coming!

Now what Justice do I speak of… Do I speak of the kind that can be bought… Do I speak of the kind that can be ignored… Do I speak of the kind that is temporary and forgotten…

No… I speak of the kind of Justice that no man or woman, no matter how rich or how powerful, no matter how well connected or no matter how well respected, can avoid…

I speak of the kind that changes nations, changes absolute norms and status quo’s. And changes policy.

I speak of the kind that Ghandi once referred too… A kind where “There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts.”

This is the Justice I speak of…

Conscience is Justice! And your conscience today begins a new chapter for this country of ours. From the Golden Gate Bridge to Plymouth Rock. From the Pacific to the Atlantic. From the streets of Compton to the halls of Congress. Your conscience has lit a fire for Justice for our children…

In the days of slavery voices of conscience fought for justice and won… In the days of women’s suffrage voices of conscience fought for justice and won… In recent years, voices of conscience have fought for gay rights… And soon they will win… So today I say to you, that your voices of conscience who fight for justice for our children… History is on your side… and I will personally not rest until you win.

This leads me to why I stand here today…

A few years ago I was given a nickname… The One! Having been a video gamer most of my young adult life I knew the significance of those words in the virtual realm. And of course in sci-fi movies like star wars or the matrix, We all have heard the immortal words… “The One who will bring balance to the force.” But in every day use, in regular society, most of us hear the words in a romantic way. Who is The One? You’re friends ask you. “Have you found The One?” Is she The One?” Is he The One?”

I then read something on Mother Teresa… And those two words had an entirely new meaning…

She said, “Be the One…Be the One who will satiate the Thirst. Instead of saying “I thirst” say “Be the One…”

And it occurred to me that the way she defined it was the way people we’re referring it to me… I would do something no one else was doing… For example, fighting for native american children who have the highest rates of suicide in the nation and helping to get an executive order passed by the president or creating a foundation called CoreCause that instead of focusing on the effects of a crisis instead focused on the cause… and they would say you’re The One James! You’re The One! So I say to you all of you here today… Be The One!

If you are person of religious faith, Be The One to make sure your churches or temples or synagogues have policies to protect children. If you’re a sports player, Be The One who sets an example for all other players, by letting all coaches and administrators know that they must create or enforce policies for all high school, and college sports. If you’re a parent, Be The One who makes sure that your pre-schools, kindergartens and k-8 are protected by asking policy or assist in creating policy and let other parents know of these safeguards. If you work in the Justice system, Be The One who demands longer sentences for convicted child molesters. And when congress enacts bills to protect children, Be the One to lobby them and make sure they pass the legislation. But remember above all… Be The One that tells your family and you’re friends when they say nothing can be done to make this world a better place for our children… Say to them… Be The One Dad, Be the One Mom, Be the One Brother, Be the One Sister, Be The One My Dear Friend, who in your own small world can do one thing for a child every single day… And then together as the creed of America entails E Pluribus Enum… We will truly out of many become One! One United States… One United People… With One United Goal of protecting Our most precious resource… Our true definition of National Security… Our children…

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Credit: Paul Hawthorne; Photos: Getty
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30 Responses to “Angelina Jolie's Brother James Haven: 'We the People' Speech!”

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  1. 1
    Simmy Says:

    he is so creepy looking. he is weirder than kate middletons brother. is this the guy angie made out with?

  2. 2
    Neil Says:

    NOW THIS IS IRONIC, considering what I just finished posting minutes ago on the last thread.

  3. 3
    Neil Says:

    No, Slimmy. She didn’t make out with him. You’re confusing him with YOUR brother.

  4. 4
    Neil Says:

    Good article by James by the way.
    “Everyone wants peace on Earth
    All I want is justice…” Peter Tosh

  5. 5
    Dc Says:

    @Simmy YOU are the creep.

    Yes, great article. Caring, and compassionate like his beautiful sister.

  6. 6
    Jones Says:

    Doing good definitely runs in the family. Such a beautiful speech. Kudos to you James!

  7. 7
    lurker Says:

    awww a family of do gooders

  8. 8
    Marcheline Says:

    Does he want to emulate his sister even with the nose? They have the same nose and the beautiful Angie had a nose job years ago.

  9. 9
    anustin Says:

    brains run in the family……whoa!! bravo james!!!!!bless ur heart.

  10. 10
    anustin Says:

    brains run in the family……whoa!! bravo james!!!!!bless ur heart.

  11. 11
    Bohoo Says:

    I think some of you are just YOUNG..yes she did make out with him on the red carpet PROUDLY and she did wear a vail of blood aorund her neck, and yes she moved in with Billy Bob while his lady was out filming her possesion in storage while angelina moved int and yes she did hook up with brad pitt while filming..she doe snot deny these things so I dont see why her die hard fans would do so on her behalf..if you want to idolize someone, at least allow them to be who they want to be…..

    Havard wants a bit of the celebrity by appointing thi sguy, who barely even went through high school…who is the trusty assistant who wrote this piece and I am sure his salary if nay from harvard is contributed by himself or his sister….

    Pathetic ungrateful offspring of a mentally off mother and a selfish filmstar daddy, who was unfortunuate to be married to her

  12. 12
    lurker Says:

    STFU you trolls need help

  13. 13
    Hume Says:

    And now mothers have to work all day everyday without giving their children the affection and the attention they need. Then, they send their kids to doctors who make up a disease prescribing pills so they can keep on earning money. And the solutions aren’t those pills but the affection, motivation and attention parents can give to a child.

  14. 14
    Amanda Says:

    Scary looking man

  15. 15
    Passing Through Says:

    I see all the roaches are coming out of the woodwork. The man is trying to do something good and useful with his life so of course all the loser trolls are shittttin’ on it….

  16. 16
    Love The Shoes Says:

    @Passing Through: ITA. Took the words right out of my mouth.

  17. 17
    Mica Says:

    Haters are so envious of Angie, James and others actually doing good for others instead of obsessing about their hair, eating out or vacationing like certain other celebs do. Maybe they should go back to FF and wallow in their depressive, maniacal jealousy.

  18. 18
    valis202 Says:

    Good for James Haven. Marcheline clearly raised and nurtured two incredibly compassionate, caring and intelligent individuals.

  19. 19
    Angelina Says:

    - makes me want to slip my crazy brother some long wet tongue

  20. 20
    BP Says:

    James is a Good Man!

  21. 21
    rachel Says:

    looks at haters living in past like there old dog they worship

  22. 22
    groundcontrol Says:

    I am speechless at Angelina’s courageous and loving decision. She is an incredibly amazing woman and mother.

  23. 23
    Passing Through Says:

    # 19 Angelina @ 05/13/2013 at 9:40 pm
    That’s really ironic because you make me want to slap the shite out of your mama. You’re a prime example of why abortion needs to be legal in this country. If only your mother had followed her instincts and aborter the devis spawn that is your dumb ass.

  24. 24
    CS Says:

    I appreciate Haven’s intentions in writing this piece, but the fact that Harvard has designated him as an honorary anything is beyond me.

    There are highly educated individuals with extensive experience working in the fields of humanitarian aid and relief, global diplomacy, int’l relations, foreign policy, domestic reform, etc. who are hard pressed to find positions in such reputable institutions as this elite university.

    But James Haven, who’s best known for being Angelina Jolie’s brother, and who likely doesn’t even have much more than a high school education — if that — gets appointed?

    The appeal of celebrity has become disproportionately pervasive.

  25. 25
    chachitta Says:

    May God contiue to protect Angie and her family!

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