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Striving for racial equity

January 16, 2015:  As we reflect on Martin Luther King Day, the Public Justice Center joins the many voices across the world that are expressing outrage and grief over the deaths of unarmed Black men, women, and children at the hands of police officers in Ferguson, New York City, Cleveland, and here in Baltimore. Not only is this loss of life a tragedy in and of itself, it reflects the structural racism that causes the historic and ongoing disparate impact of police brutality on communities of color.

To date, the PJC’s efforts to dismantle structural and institutional racism have taken a poverty-focused approach; we have used litigation, policy advocacy, public education, and other tools to enforce and expand the rights of low-income tenants, workers, students, prisoners and consumers, who are disproportionately Black and Latino. Looking forward, we will more deliberately pursue race equity. To that end, we are reaching out to allies in the racial justice movement to support efforts led by people of color to address the ongoing inequity in our society.  

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