Big Ideas: Disrupting the status quo in civil justice

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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Archives:

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)