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Are We Full of Contradictions? Legal Aid Programs and Racial Justice Advocacy

Thursday October 17 , 2013

  • By: Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
  • Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Location:
    Chicago, IL
  • Contact:
    Illinois Bar Pro Bono Program

Speakers: Carol Ashley, Vice President of Advocacy, Shriver Center, moderator
Camille Holmes, Director, Leadership and Racial Equity, NLADA
Bill Kennedy, Managing Attorney, Sacramento Office, Legal Services of Northern California

Should anti-poverty advocates focus on racial justice advocacy? How do racial justice and anti-poverty advocacy intersect, and what barriers impede legal aid participation in that work? According to a recent survey conducted by NLADA, a large majority (88%) of legal aid advocates agree that they have a role to play in tackling systemic racial bias. However, respondents were split on other questions, with some results showing a significant divide by race. This was particularly true when respondents were asked whether "addressing poverty will address racism."

Are these responses contradictory? What do the differences mean for collaboration between legal aid and civil rights advocates? Join the Shriver Center for a free webinar to discuss these questions. Our panelists, who will include both legal aid advocates and members of the civil rights community, will dig into these questions and offer a range of perspectives on the importance of racial justice to anti-poverty advocacy. Learn more and register at povertylaw.org/racial-justice.

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