An Open Letter to Our Clients and Community

Racial justice in Omaha, Lincoln, and in every Nebraska community, starts and stops with each of us, including our elected leaders, judges, law enforcement, and legal profession. It is all of our responsibility to make it happen.

At Legal Aid of Nebraska, we stand in support of the marginalized, oppressed, and ignored in our Nebraska communities. In everything we do, Legal Aid strives to see equal justice prevail. This is a hard, rocky road, with many pitfalls, obstacles, and considerable pain.

The systems of racial inequity that our black and brown neighbors and clients experience every day, including the threat of police violence, is real and fundamentally unjust, a barrier seemingly too high and unrelenting. But this past week, our neighbors and clients have spoken, in mourning for George Floyd and in demand for a real change in the inequities faced daily by too many, and Legal Aid is listening.

Legal Aid is committed to fighting for racial justice in our communities, and for all those facing a denial of basic human rights, needs, and justice — inequities further exposed as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on. We ask that everyone join in this cause as well, in whatever ways guided by conscience and sense of fairness.

Throughout, Legal Aid stands with our community, mindful of the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who said: “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable…Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

Let us take these necessary steps together, towards true racial justice and peace.

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