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Fueling justice for all since 1984
March 2017 | Issue 7
We need you more than ever.
With new federal policies on immigration and healthcare, and the possible total elimination of federal legal aid funding, the impact in our state could be devastating. We have a lot of work to do to ensure continued access to justice for low-income families and we are proud of our grantees who work tirelessly to provide equal access to justice. Here's how you can help today:
  1. Volunteer with your local legal aid provider. Here's a list of the nonprofits you help us fund.
  2. Become a "Legal Aid Defender," a national campaign to save federal funding for legal aid.
  3. Donate to support legal aid for low-income families in your community.
Thank you for standing up for equal justice. Our justice system should be available to all, not only to those who can afford an attorney. 

Federal Legal Aid Funding Faces Elimination

Last week, the Trump Administration released its initial budget that includes the complete elimination of the Legal Services Corporation.

LSC administers federal civil legal aid funding and Washington state currently receives $6.5 million to provide critical legal assistance to tens of thousands of low-income families.

To protect federal funding for legal aid, the American Bar Association launched a national campaign called the Legal Aid Defender Campaign. Please take 3 minutes to join this effort and become a Legal Aid Defender!

Most Successful Goldmark Lunch 

Thank you to everyone who attended our lunch. Paula Boggs and Lucy Lee Helm were awarded the Charles A. Goldmark Distinguished Service Award and the UW Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic won the Legal Foundation of Washington President's Award for their outstanding public service. We drew a crowd of 700 guests and you helped us raise $250,000 for civil legal aid!

If you were unable to attend, watch Lucy & Paula's speeches and the story of a homeless youth helped by legal aid. You may view photos from our event on our Facebook page. 

Our donors are the best

"I support the Campaign for Equal Justice because, now more than ever, we must lift up those in our community who are the most vulnerable. People in poverty cannot afford an attorney for issues of domestic violence, foreclosure, healthcare debt, wrongful eviction, or other civil issues. Its up to us to help fill the need with donations and pro bono hours."

-- Kerry Radcliffe, Deputy General Counsel, PeaceHealth
 
Thank you, Kerry, for donating to the Campaign for Equal Justice
and for increasing access to justice for families in need.

Your Gifts at Work:

Your support of legal aid saved Margaret* and prevented her from becoming homeless.
The landlord of Margaret’s trailer park was not fulfilling his obligations of the lease. He had not provided proper water connections and sewer disposal, so Margaret withheld rent. As a result, her landlord bullied her and threatened an eviction. As a survivor of domestic violence, this was incredibly triggering for Margaret.
Fortunately, a volunteer attorney from Chelan-Douglas County Volunteer Attorney Services assisted Margaret. She was not evicted, was relieved of paying rent, and was given two weeks to move out of the trailer park. Because of your donations to the Campaign for Equal Justice, Margaret avoided homelessness and is now in a safe, habitable home. “As a victim of domestic violence,” she said, “it felt good to walk away with my head held high.”
*name changed for anonymity

Join Us at These Events!


Spokane Wine & Justice April 19
5-7pm | Barrister Winery

 
Immigration Reform in a New Era
featuring Jorge Barón 
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

April 28, 2017
For details, contact Brendan Hennessey.
We have a number of events around the state this year. Visit our event calendar and find out what's happening near you.

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