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Working for Social Justice

“Social justice is the view that everyone deserves equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities. Social workers aim to open the doors of access and opportunity for everyone, particularly those in greatest need.” - National Association of Social Workers

Sarah Pitts grew up in the Poplar Hill neighborhood of Baltimore. Her education and passion for social justice started at Friends School of Baltimore, where she graduated in 2003. Sarah earned her Doctor of Law (JD) degree from University of Pennsylvania in 2012 and while there, Sarah volunteered in the Penn legal clinic.

She also struggled with alcohol abuse, and delayed her graduation to join AA and enter recovery. Upon passing the Bar, she joined Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers to advocate for greater acceptance and support in the legal community for other lawyers recovering from addiction. She stayed sober the rest of her life.

At the time of her death on September 7, 2020 Sara was working as Senior Assistant District Attorney at Kings County District Attorney's Office where she worked in appeals and helped identify long-term prisoners who deserved a second chance. She spent much of her spare time as a volunteer with Riders4Rights, a group of bikers who support Black Lives Matter and Occupy City Hall marches. Unfortunately, Sarah was killed by a bus while riding her bicycle in her Brooklyn, NY neighborhood. She was only 35 years old.

To honor her advocacy for the rights of underserved communities, Arbor Dog Foundation has donated $50,000 in Sarah’s name to further Social Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts at Friends School of Baltimore.

Friends School of Baltimore states: “We believe that no school is effectively preparing its students for life unless it provides them the skills, knowledge, and habits of mind and heart to be able to engage in deep and meaningful discourse around issues of inequity in all its forms. Our values-based Quaker education is a 300-year-old tradition that helps us create and sustain an inclusive community that promotes diversity and equity in all forms.”

If you believe like we do that everyone deserves equal rights and opportunities, consider making a designated donation through Arbor Dog Foundation. Along with Friends School, we also support other organizations that are aligned with these goals.

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