Legal Aid is about justice for all. This has always been our mission. We stand up today, as we always have, for justice. For the belief that all people, regardless of race, gender, religion, or immigration status, have a right to equal protection under the law. Protection. Not persecution. The laws, and those that enforce them, are here to protect people, not to insulate the abusers and terrorize those who most need their protection.
My parents were victimized by anti-Semitism, and my grandparents were nearly killed by it. Prejudice, and the abuses of government power, are lethal. Is the murder of Andy Lopez, George Floyd, and all the others we failed to protect, not enough to wake us up to this? Racism is not just a social and economic cancer in name, it actually kills people.
Diversity throughout our system of justice will save lives. Our call to action at Legal Aid is to integrate the practice of law, through a bicultural intern scholarship program. And, we will continue to stand up for justice and equality, whether that be the rights of immigrants to live in housing that does not make them sick, or the right of a Muslim woman not to be terrorized in her own home.
In solidarity with those that do not yet have Liberty and justice.