For the first UNJUSTUS project, we chose to support a film that focuses its lens on the
life and struggles of internet pioneer and human rights activist, Aaron Swartz. The
stories of Aaron’s battles against oppressive laws and for the free flow of information to
all people are well known, as are the digital tools he created. Yet his story also teaches
us another powerful story about what happens when a system created to uphold order
is out of order. From legal bullying and prosecutor-led “bargaining” that drained his
finances and challenged every fiber of his being, to the systematic disregard for Aaron’s
personal rights and his overwhelmingly positive contributions to society: Aaron’s story
serves as a stark reminder about just how legal fraud is tax fraud and just how far the
legal system has drifted away from its true purpose.
For more on the film, watch here and visit the official page. Also, to support the organization Aaron co-founded, visit www.Demandprogress.org and get involved.