Standing up to Bullies

LAF stands up to bullies.

Every day, the attorneys, paralegals, and staff at LAF work tirelessly to defend people living in poverty from those who would prey on them.  We have protected seniors from scheming contractors looking to take advantage of them.  We have faced down slumlords refusing to provide adequate and safe living conditions for their renters.  We have litigated against abusive spouses and murderous boyfriends trying to hurt or kill.  We have fought back against overworked government offices discriminating against the poor, the minority, and the disabled.  And we have stood with immigrants and victims of human trafficking as they have sought their fair share of the American Dream – and you can read more about one of those immigrants’ stories in our January eNewsletter here.

In a world where it may seem like the bullies are winning, LAF is still here to make it a fair fight.  We are committed to ensuring that justice doesn’t depend on financial influence.  We are committed to proving that the lives of people living in poverty matter.  We are committed to showing, every day, that standing up to bullies at every level is what makes America great.

Thank you for your standing up with us.




The View From Room 205

Chicago’s local NPR station, WBEZ, aired an hour-long story and reflection this morning about an elementary school in North Lawndale, one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.  Many of LAF’s clients live in that neighborhood and others that face similar challenges.  The story is called The View From Room 205, and it paints a picture of the poverty and danger that one classroom of fourth graders live in every day.  Linda Lutton’s reporting brings some context to the myth of education as the great equalizer between rich and poor.  It weaves a tapestry of standardized testing, Martin Luther King, Jr, education reform, gentrification, gang killings, school closings, food deserts, and ultimately asks whether even the most well-intentioned schools are enough to help people pull their families out of poverty for good.

Check it out in its entirety here: