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Courtrooms as Spaces for Activism

By Jay Kim and Karen Gargamelli

Common Law is a small nonprofit organization in Queens, New York that uses legal education and legal services to support organizing efforts.  One of our founding principles is our belief that the court system is inherently unfair.  Because of this, it is impossible for us to view the courts as an appropriate route to social change.  The courts can, however, be a space for activism and politicization.

We have spent the past five years working with homeowners fighting back against foreclosure.  We have seen firsthand how entire neighborhoods have been devastated by the foreclosure crisis while the court system has allowed banks to act illegally.  Because of this, we have intentionally targeted courtrooms as a place for protest and activism.  Continue reading


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