Rikki’s children, Paula and Julian, decided to further honor their beloved mother’s legacy and her passion for building a just society. They created the Rikki Fleisher Fund for Professional Development to honor and further the PJC’s commitment to developing exceptional staff. This investment will afford our team opportunities to participate in transformative professional development experiences that are otherwise outside our reach. We know this will directly benefit our clients and our mission.
The Rikki Fleisher Fund's first use will be to send a team of three Public Justice Center attorneys for an intensive training at the Racial Justice Training Institute, sponsored by Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. Executive Director Nethercut said, “Living at the intersection of poverty and prejudice, we can see that our clients and communities of color face an uphill battle to access the benefits and opportunities others take for granted. We know it is not a random coincidence that most tenants seeking decent housing, most workers not being paid what they have earned, and most homeless students are brown or black. The PJC’s core mission has always been to seek systemic solutions to poverty and discrimination. Through this training we expect to gain a deeper understanding of how institutions, laws, and policies create obstacles or opportunities based on race. And we will bring home new advocacy tools to address this systemic injustice.”