The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states that every individual is equal before the law and has the right to equal protection by the law. However, this is not the case. John Richardson works to solve the problems of marginalization across Canada other parts of the world, where solutions to human rights violations are in dire need. He created the Pivot Legal Society to break down the social prejudices and legal barriers that prevent marginalized people from accessing the rights they are guaranteed by the Canadian Charter.
Richardson analyzes legal systems from the perspective of the marginalized, finding the gaps and injustices that are invisible from more privileged points of view. He works on the street, through mass media, and in courts and halls of governance to fix these injustices and create legal systems that follow through on unfulfilled promises of equal protection for all. He makes everyone part of the solution to systemic injustice, shifting the discussion from a confrontation between police and marginalized people to a constructive dialogue among all sectors of society. Pivot’s legal strategy includes three main campaigns: education projects aiming to spread information on legal rights to marginalized people and the general public; strategic legal action aimed at challenging barriers to civil rights; and policy reform, based on administrative and legislative changes needed to enable lasting improvements in the social and legal status of marginalized people.