“It don’t matter how we dress, where we live, what neighborhood we’re from.  Use, use your voice.  Use your voice because someone will hear you. That’s all.”

~T.S., Legal Clinic client

Voice by voice, help us build a chorus of community members who will speak out for justice. Advocating together, we will be heard!

Use Your VoiceAt the Legal Clinic, we believe it is our responsibility to speak out to decision-makers in support of more just policies, programs and budgets. We urge you to join us in these efforts.

Contact a Decisionmaker

Local elected and appointed officials need to hear from community members about their priorities and concerns. Don’t be shy; the government works for you! Speak out. Use your voice.

If you have questions or concerns about any of these issues, or have suggestions about issues you’d like to see the Legal Clinic address, please contact the designated staff member or email us at info@legalclinic.org.

  • Client Rights –
  • Criminalization of Homelessness – Ann Marie
  • Disability Rights – Amber
  • Family Shelter – Max
  • Hypothermia – Amber
  • Preservation of Affordable Housing – Will
  • SSI/SSDI and Interim Disability Assistance – Scott
  • Subsidized Housing – Will
  • Volunteer Program –  Dea
  • Welfare – Becky

Join one of our partner coalitions; bringing many and varied voices together turns up the volume!

 

It is through the budget process that the Mayor and DC Council set priorities for spending the District’s revenues. It is vital that community members weigh in about how these resources will be used.

  • DC Fair Budget Coalition (FBC) advocates for budget and public policy initiatives that address poverty and human needs in the District of Columbia.
  • DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI) conducts research and public education on budget and tax issues in the District of Columbia, with a particular emphasis on issues that affect low- and moderate-income residents.
  • DCFPI Budget Toolkit Click the “Budget Toolkit” tab during budget season.
  • DC Council Budget Click the “Budget” tab on the DC Council website during budget season. A flier listing the FY 2014 Performance Oversight Hearings on issues impacting Legal Clinic clients can be found here; a listing of the FY 2015 Budget Hearings relevant to homelessness and poverty can be found here. The schedule of all DC Council hearings on the FY 2015 Budget Request Act and Budget Support Act can be found here.

 

One of the best ways to use your voice is to testify at a DC Council hearing. The Council, through its committees, holds hearings on proposed legislation and budget recommendations, and it holds oversight hearings to see how well the Administration is performing its duties. The Council also holds hearings and public roundtables to explore various issues and policy proposals. The public has the opportunity to participate in these hearings and roundtables as a witness, or watch them in person at the John A. Wilson Building or streamed live or on DC cable.