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Life ain’t been no crystal stair… but still we organize

By Dennis Parker A verdict is not justice. Despite the relief that some may have felt with the convictions of the men charged with the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse points to something more troubling.  As a…

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Imposing Work Requirements on the Child Tax Credit Do Nothing to Reduce Poverty or Incentivize Work

The expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) has been one of the largest opportunities to reduce poverty in decades, but the long-term impact of this legislation is tied to who can access this assistance.   Introduced as part of the American Rescue Plan, the expanded CTC has already lifted 3.5 million…

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How Louisiana’s Unemployment System Continues to Fail Families

As winter nears, thousands of Louisianans continue to struggle to access unemployment insurance due to the state’s failure to prioritize and address refusals in the system.   NCLEJ continued our work to ensure that Louisianans can access these essential benefits by filing our opposition to the state’s second attempt to have our May lawsuit tossed out of court.  “Louisiana’s unemployment system is so…

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How to Challenge School Zone Speed Camera Tickets in Buffalo

NCLEJ and our partner Fair Fines and Fees Coalition prepared this guide to assist individuals who received tickets under the Buffalo, New York school zone speed camera program. This guide explains how to request a hearing to dispute…

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Fixing the Unemployment Insurance System is About More Than A Bill

By Jarron McAllister, Penn Law Fellow Federal unemployment insurance assistance ended last weekend, leaving an estimated 11 million individuals without the additional pandemic assistance, and 7.5 million workers with no unemployment according to the Century Foundation. In New York alone, 1.6…

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What You Need to Know About TANF at 25

NCLEJ’s tagline is: People should thrive, not just survive. We spend a lot time, in and out of court, advocating for people to access viable and dignified safety nets, regardless of where they live.  The truth is: There continues to be reticence about the value of a robust social safety net…

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Celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act on the 31st Anniversary

Today we celebrate the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed into law on July 26, 1990, following years of advocacy by the disability community, advocates, and allies. While tremendous wins have been achieved over the…

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A Verdict is Not Justice

Photo credit: Chad Davis | Wikimedia Commons By Dennis Parker, Executive Director   The country has been watching and waiting for a historic decision in the trial of Derek Chauvin for taking George Floyd’s life in May 2020. Tuesday, the trial concluded with an historically unprecedented…

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Honor Daunte Wright and End Police Violence

With outrage, we at NCLEJ mourn Daunte Wright who was killed in Brooklyn Center, near Minneapolis, by police last Sunday. Wright’s tragic and unjust murder reminds us, yet again, that the abuse and discrimination against Black communities by…

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We Must End Anti-Asian Violence and Invest in Community Safety

By Anjana Malhotra, NCLEJ Senior Staff Attorney NCLEJ joins in solidarity with Asian American communities in opposing racist violence. We honor the lives of all Asian Americans lost to systemic oppression. We mourn the six Asian women and…

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