To Our Clients and Communities:
Legal Aid of Arkansas opposes racism in all its forms, most recently manifested in the death of George Floyd at the hands of law enforcement. We know that events such as this impose even more difficulty on people who live subject to racism every day.
We acknowledge the day-to-day racism many of the communities we serve experience. Black and brown Arkansans face discrimination in housing and employment, disparities in health conditions and life expectancy, income and wealth gaps, and over-representation in the criminal justice system. They are targeted in destructive ways because of the color of their skin.
Racial justice is the responsibility of all of us and a core value at Legal Aid of Arkansas. Misconduct by police or others in authority, predicated by prejudice driven by race, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin, will not be tolerated.
We will support you, our client communities, by using our skills to address issues affecting low-income individuals and families, including race-based advocacy.
We will not rest until real, meaningful, and lasting change is achieved and basic human rights are universally available. Black Lives Matter.
Lee Richardson, Executive Director