Martin Luther King said that the arc of moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. That concept has fueled our work at Legal Council for Health Justice since our founding as AIDS Legal Council. The Council was born in the crucible of fear and backlash during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. We have confronted dark times before and through it all have never stopped fighting for our clients. Our work has led to successes, including expansion of access to life-saving healthcare and guaranteeing legal protection from discrimination.
While we do not know the specific issues that our next president will pursue, we are well aware that many in Congress have longed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, to limit funding for needed social services for those least able to provide for themselves, and chip away at civil rights for scores of Americans.
No matter what, the Legal Council will continue to stand firm, fight, and never give up. As an agency that serves people with legal problems impacting their well-being, we are resolved to continue our work toward justice and dignity. We have already heard from clients who are concerned that their medications will be taken away in the coming days. We will continue—as we have done for almost three decades—to advocate for the rights of our clients and work hand-in-hand with our partners across the state and nation.
Onward and together,
Tom Yates, Executive Director