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Our Mission and Values

The mission of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice is to advance the cause of economic justice for low-income families, individuals, and communities across the country.

Because NCLEJ believes that this nation should strive to ensure that no one lives in poverty or is denied basic human rights, it subscribes to the following values:

Income Security

Income security is a basic goal and fundamental defense against poverty.

Access to Employment

Low-income people should have full opportunity to participate in all forms of education, training, and services to help them secure and retain living wage jobs.

Access to Healthcare

All low-income people should receive affordable, comprehensive, high-quality health care.

Fair Treatment

Fairness must be the foundation of government administration.

Public Accountability

Governmental decision-making and administration should be open, accessible, and responsive to constituents.

Access to Justice

Low-income people must have effective access to the justice system to challenge violations of their rights, secure effective relief, and gain greater public accountability.

Fair and Safe Workplace

All workers should be assured a safe workplace, a living wage, and full protection from discrimination.

Community Action

Community action and coalition building should be encouraged at the local, state, and national level as powerful strategies for social change.

Civic Participation

Low-income individuals and their communities should have a voice in shaping the public policies that affect their lives.