Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven believes we must strive to make that vision of equality, social justice and inclusivity a reality for all our students. Underscoring that commitment is our continuing mission to empower students to find meaningful and fairly compensated jobs, as well as to achieve educational and personal goals. We also pledge to examine and strengthen our efforts to combat racism, and to ensure equitable access and opportunities for all those we serve, as well as the community at large.
We take inspiration from the late civil-rights leader, Congressman John Lewis, who for decades marched to his truth – bravely, sometimes bloodily, but always unforgettably – advocating for equality and justice not just for people of color, but for immigrants, the LGBTQ community and the economically disadvantaged. As his life ended, John Lewis continued to sound a clarion call for change. “Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble,” he wrote in that remarkable essay.