As a social justice organization, our work is rooted in the firm belief that all people deserve respect, dignity, and self-determination at work, at school, and in their communities.
Structural and systemic racism—with the oppression of Black and Indigenous people at its core—and other forms of injustice shape the society and the civic, political and legal systems in which we work and live. All systems of oppression are interlocking and their impacts are compounded based on disability, ethnicity, gender identity, immigration status, national origin, race, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and other grounds.
We, as products of this society, hold and exhibit biases that affect our everyday decisions and interactions. Those with greater power and privilege have greater responsibility to dismantle systems of oppression from which they benefit.
Unless we affirmatively counteract our biases, we enable and further these systems of oppression.
As the staff of Legal Aid at Work, we commit to: