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Support for Grassroots Groups

NCLEJ has a strong track record of working with grassroots organizers and community-based advocates to enforce critical rights and improve the lives of low-income people through systemic change. We have shown that with a combination of supporting aggressive grassroots organizing and our focus on the rule of law, low-income children and their families see their access to vital benefits and other legal rights improved significantly.

We have supported organizers in their opposition to workfare, their fights against a welfare system that denies critical assistance to low-income families through bureaucratic chaos, their struggles to secure effective child care for low-wage working mothers, and their efforts to rid their homes of mold.

Highlights from our recent work with grassroots groups include:

The Center has from the beginning adopted a very distinctive stance toward the poor people and organizations who were its clients. From its early work with the welfare rights movement of the 1960s, it regarded the people and groups whose cases it researched and litigated as partners.

– Frances Fox Piven, renowned social scientist, scholar, and activist