Category: Equal Justice Coalition

Thoughts and updates from our work.

Every spring, the Equal Justice Coalition travels to Washington, D.C. to advocate for increased federal funding for civil legal aid. From April 10-12, we met with all of the members of the Washington State Congressional Delegation and urged them to increase funding for civil legal aid to $482 million. Our efforts were part of the […]

Thanks to your efforts, we continue to have success in the Legislature.  Yesterday – March 8, 2018 – marked the end of the 2018 Supplemental Session, and this short session was full of historic wins for low-income families across our state. Legislators heard from you and they are responding to your insistence on “justice for […]

Good news – both the House and Senate have passed their supplemental budgets and both include increased funding for civil legal aid! However, there is an important difference between the House and Senate budgets, and we need your help in contacting your legislators to make sure the House budget for civil legal aid is the one that’s […]

During the legislative session, we are constantly seeking to keep civil legal aid top-of-mind for legislators and policymakers, in an effort to better fund the critical work being done by our alliance of providers throughout the state. Last Sunday, the Tri-City Herald published an op-ed entitled To Keep People out of Poverty, We Must Support […]

The 2018 State Legislative Session officially began earlier this week, on Monday, January 8. As you may know, this year’s session is a “short” session, meaning it is only scheduled to last for 60 days. Last year, with the hard work and support of advocates from around the state, we secured a $4.8 million increase […]

Dear Civil Legal Aid Community: I am a child of working-class immigrant parents who worked tirelessly to provide their children with a better life and more opportunities than they had growing up. Unfortunately, I saw my parents get taken advantage of because they had little money and access to education. It was then, as a […]

Sunday, April 23rd was the formal “sine die” to the end of the 2017 state legislative session. However, in the absence of agreement on either the state operating or capital budgets, Governor Jay Inslee called for a 30-day Special Session beginning today, Monday, April 24. As we all know, the central issue of this session […]