The Results Are In

The 2016 Justice Served Award

Our readers selected Tina Meier as the 2016 Justice Served nominee that had “the most impact on the health, safety and legal rights of all Americans.” Tina started a national movement to fight cyberbullying after her daughter Megan committed suicide as a result of vicious on-line hate campaign waged secretly by a neighboring mom and her daughter. Readers also had high praise for the work of Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha for her fierce defense of children exposed to lead poisoning in Flint, Mich. Here is how the nominees ranked:

  1. Tina Meier - Campaign Against Cyberbullying
  2. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha - Defense of Children Suffering from Lead Poisoning
  3. Daniel Carder - Discovery of the VW Emissions Scandal
  4. Sen. Al Franken - Legislative Charge Against Forced Arbitration

Two Readers Wins Subscription to Consumer Reports; Others Speak Out

We also want to congratulate Julie N. and Sharon T., winners of our drawing for a free subscription to Consumer Reports. Here’s what each of them said about the nominees they found most compelling:

These are all compelling stories, and it is difficult to rate one as better than the other. However, being a parent and grandparent, it is unimaginable to lose a child. Neither the bullies nor their parents seem to be held accountable for their actions. If I bullied someone on line and they committed suicide because of what I said, I probably would be charged with a misdemeanor rather than murder or accessory to murder. Not be held accountable makes it easy to forget about the lives you have destroyed.
– Julie N.

Dr. Mona is in the health care profession, as I am. She chose to stick her neck out there because it was the right thing to do. She spoke out against injustice, and served as a mouthpiece for wee little ones who could not speak for themselves.
– Sharon T.

Nice job Julie and Sharon. Here are a few other notable comments from the many we received:

Mona had a lot of courage. She could have done nothing and nobody would have blamed her. Tina is taking a bad thing (her daughter's death) and turning it into a force for good. Wonderful people!
– Stephen T.

Bullying has always been around. It has taken on a new dimension with computers. It is so tragic that this young girl felt compelled to commit suicide. We have to turn it around now!
– Natalie J.

Government entities are meant to protect the population they serve ... people are relying on them to get it right! That didn’t happen in Flint.
– Barbara S.

I currently lease a Volkswagen Passat diesel. I am surprised that Volkswagen is not providing updated information to me on fixing the problem. One of the selling factors for me was the car was supposed to run clean. Disgruntled!
– James C.

Forced Arbitration needs to be stopped.
- George P.

Very thoughtful and compelling comments! Thanks to all of you who participated in this year's awards.