The mission of CLSJ is to address racial justice issues by providing quality legal advocacy, conducting community education campaigns, facilitating research and building organizing capacity on behalf of New Yorkers of African descent and the disenfranchised. CLSJ seeks to accomplish its mission by initiating advocacy projects and litigation, conducting research, and providing community education and trainings on behalf of and in collaboration with community organizations and groups in order to promote human, national, and international understanding.
CLSJ sponsors advocacy projects and litigation in areas as diverse as housing and employment discrimination, education equity, police reform and racial violence, voting rights, census, redistricting and United States human rights violations. Because of its unique combination of research, public policy advocacy and litigation from a community-based perspective, CLSJ is a focal point for progressive activity.
CLSJ’s vision is to be a resource for the liberation of people of African descent in order to achieve a world that will equally distribute society’s and nature’s wealth to everyone, such that they are able to realize their highest creative potential and enjoy their cultural, economic, political, and social rights.
Since its inception, the Center's staff has consisted of activists/professionals from all walks of life. Their blend is unique in that they embodied the spirit and aspiration of the people we serve.
The CENTER FOR LAW AND SOCIAL JUSTICE (CLSJ) is a unit in the School of Professional and Community Development at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York.