A Message From Angela Ciolfi
When Jean Cahn, a Black woman lawyer from Baltimore, set out to create a nationwide legal services program in 1964, she wanted to erect institutions to support low-income people and communities of color in wielding their own power against the systems that create and perpetuate poverty. She had a vision that legal services organizations would become “corporate lawyers” for individuals and community groups. For that, she was labeled a troublemaker.
At the Legal Aid Justice Center, we embrace the radical roots of legal services. Every day, our team of troublemakers channels community voices and challenges the status quo, even when community voices are dissonant and speak irreconcilable truths—and even when they hold us truly accountable for the mistakes we have made in the name of justice.
We call on all troublemakers to stand with us, and behind directly affected communities, in our collective fight for justice.
Yours in righteous dissent,