Sir Isaac Newton is credited with the premise that an object in motion stays in motion, unless acted on by an outside force.
The same is true for our civil justice system.
The issues that we at Legal Aid see every day, the issues that plague our clients and community, are not new -- generational poverty, health disparities, chronic stereotypes and stigmas, racism and discrimination, the justice gap.
These are the things that prevent our clients from controlling, improving, and enriching their own lives and the communities in which they live. They have been around for decades, and they will continue to fester -- unless something disrupts the pattern.
Big Ideas is Legal Aid's weekly commitment to shedding light on these issues and highlighting strategies that can disrupt them in a way that could bring about positive change. We invite you to join the dialogue by following us on social media.
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Remembering General Order Number 3
Fewer gun regulations puts victims at increased risk
Let's let fewer kids be homeless
Serving clients creates advocates for justice
Justice helps bridge our political divide
We still have debtors' prisons in 2022
How to solve the eviction crisis
This landlord wants 80% fewer evictions
Roots matter: Housing stability is critical
Immigration attorney talks crisis in Ukraine
Point/Counterpoint: Major potential impacts of HB 508
SCOTUS nomination shows how far we've come
Celebrating women in law
58 years later, our war on poverty continues
Thanks for celebrating Black History Month with us
Racism IS a public health crisis, but it's not new
CRT, from a law prof's POV
Legal Aid Amplifies Black voices for Black History Month
Medicaid: It's not really about eligibility
Taxes: The great equalizer... or not
So you're being stalked? Prove it.
Credit costs more for the poor
We are one body
Through the lens of an intake worker
It's not a zero-sum game
We are thankful for our community
More than a pronoun
We served, too: Celebrating LGBTQ+ veterans
When numbers don't tell the whole story
Finally, food stamps get slightly better
Building power for better housing
Confront domestic abuse and the lifeline I needed
Bridging the justice gap: Volunteers matter
Generation of stories, nation of immigrants
Race shouldn't dictate your health
Intimate Partner Violence - Leaving is complicated: One survivor's story
Detention now means prison later
The COVID slide and students with special needs
Fair school funding combats structural racism (8/4/2021)
Team USA: Patriotism means questioning our justice system (7/28/2021)
Let's stop pretending people don't want to work (7/21/2021)
Empowering moms helps babies be healthier (7/14/2021)
We're falling off the eviction cliff. (We just don't know it, yet.) (7/7/2021)
Let's give kids their dads back (6/30/2021)
LGBTQ+ rights are human rights (6/23/2021)
Celebrate Juneteenth by recognizing structural racism (6/16/2021)
Banning income discrimination promotes more inclusive cities (6/9/2021)