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This has been a dark year for our country, and for the world.

 

It all started when…

 I won’t sugarcoat it: 

I believe our democracy is endangered. New regimes of cruelty are tearing families apart at our borders, while the old signs of fascism have gained new life in streets and statehouses around our great country. But in the face of these terrible forces, new forms of resistance are blossoming, and the Urban Justice Center is dedicated to helping them grow. For the last three decades, we’ve supported cutting edge legal projects, but today, we’ve made it our official mission: 

We provide a platform for dynamic advocates to fuel social change,  leading the way for a just, fair, and decent society.

What does this mean? Well, for one thing, it means that we are gearing up to launch up to five new Projects in 2019, each focusing on an underserved community in danger. Through our new Social Justice Accelerator, we’re inviting the next generation of change makers and thought leaders to become part of the Urban Justice Center. We’re also helping some of the Projects we’ve nurtured throughout the years spin off and become full-fledged organizations of their own. Although they will no longer be under our roof, we know that the Community Development Project and the International Refugee Assistance Project will continue to do incredible work, and we are excited to stand beside them in doing it.

It also means that we’ve embraced a new look, as you’ll see throughout these pages. As our long-term supporters, you’ll be some of the first to get a peek at our new logo, colors, and design. We were guided through this process by incredible pro-bono work of the branding firm Superunion, and I’m certain you’ll love the results as much as we do.

Of course, this new look doesn’t mean that the core of our services has changed. We still defend the individual rights of our clients, be they survivors of intimate partner violence or homeless LGBTQ youth. We are still building inclusive communities, empowering people around the city (and the country) to come together and fight for their rights. And we’re still pursuing the long game of systemic change in order to make our government uphold the rights that each of us are promised in the Constitution: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 

In the face of impending fascism, justice is just us – the community of those who will step up and resist. We’re so glad to have you on our side. Thank you for your support yesterday, today, and most crucially, tomorrow.