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Legal Aid’s Focus on Racial Justice

Posted August 20, 2020
1:04 pm

Our nation and our community are experiencing a national reckoning with systemic racism. The conversation shines a spotlight on poverty, oppression and racism that are rooted in slavery. This harmful legacy is a reality in our community and our nation. Since 1905, Legal Aid has fought for equality and justice. Legal Aid stands with our community for justice and peace. We grieve with those who experience the violence of racism.

Legal Aid pledges to:

• Remove barriers erected by racism and address the impact of
centuries of racism on individuals and families. The vestiges
of racism prevent too many Brown and Black people from
securing health, safety, shelter and economic security.

• Identify biases and inequitable systems within our
organization – and then take steps to eradicate those biases
and inequities, so that Legal Aid demonstrates values of
diversity, equity and inclusion.

• Work in partnership with others to design and implement
systemic solutions to systemic racism.

• Raise the awareness of our staff and board and the community
about the systems that contribute to racism, the impact of
systemic racism and the intersection of racism and poverty.

• Stand in solidarity with the oppressed and ignored in our
community. Black lives matter.

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