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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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)