The Philadelphia Bar Foundation funds nearly 40 legal aid nonprofits, all of whom are doing incredible work in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania for the communities they serve. Our news round-ups highlight their recent activities:
2/18/21 – Ceasefire PA is calling for “renewed resources to combat ongoing gun violence in Philadelphia” from state and local officials following a shooting of 8 people at Onley Transportation center.
2/17/21 – John Pace, reentry coordinator at Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP), is working with Joe Ligon, the oldest juvenile lifer, to help him readjust to society after his release from prison after nearly seven decades.
2/14/21 – Attorneys at the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center have been working to try and help immigrants with pending U-visa cases find a pathway to citizenship.
2/12/21 – Nan Feyler, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, expressed her optimism about a proposal to pay Pennsylvanians who were wrongly convicted for each year they were behind bars.
2/10/21 – Adam Garber, Executive Director of Ceasefire PA, expressed his support for proposed legislation that would require Pennsylvanians to undergo background checks prior to purchasing ammunition.
2/10/21 – The Mazzoni Center vaccinated over 50 LGBTQ+ seniors to protect them against COVID-19.
2/8/21 – Community Legal Services and Disability Rights PA fought to reinstate PA General Assistance in Commonwealth Court, after state lawmakers terminated the program as part of budget negotiations in 2019.
2/4/21 – Juvenile Law Center published a report, as part of an ongoing collaboration with the Columbia Community Advocacy Lab, on the dangers that local court systems pose to youth and their families.
2/2/21 – Eric Paulukonis, prevention services director at Mazzoni Center, shares his fears about the decline in availability of STD tests caused by the pandemic.
2/1/21 – The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania shared their support for the students and alumni who exposed racism and bigotry at a high school in Adams County.
2/1/21 – The Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center was featured in the York Dispatch for its 25th anniversary.