District residents will always find us in our court-based offices, but they’re bumping into us more and more out in the community. That’s because we’re making a concerted effort to expand our outreach in the areas of housing, expungement, and the criminal and juvenile justice systems. We advocate on the ground and through social media—while harnessing the talents of our students and fellows to get work done. Here’s some recent activity.
We’re Doing Something!
The theme “Don’t Complain…Do Something” brought together LSIC housing experts with concerned tenants, policy makers, and community leaders at the Office of Tenant Advocate’s 9th Annual Tenant Summit on September 25th at the Kellogg Center on the campus of Gallaudet University. LSIC’s Civil Division staffed a legal clinic at this annual event focusinf on affordable housing, tenants rights, and other concerns to District tenants. Pictured here are OTA program support specialist Cynthia Houser and LSIC student-attorney Jackson Lavelle (3L, Georgetown).
Ending Mass Incarceration and Police Brutality
The presence of Black Lives Matter, decriminalization, transparency, tracking police actions, and getting out the vote were among the issues raised at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference on September 15, 2016. LSIC Criminal Division Supervising Attorney Patrice Sulton served on a panel organized by the National Black Law Students Association. See Patrice’s opening remarks on video and a collection of tweets on Storify. Patrice also informed listeners about their rights on WHUR FM’s Daily Drum.
Workplace Giving: Please Show Us Some Love
Federal workers, retirees, and contractors: Please think of LSIC during the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (September 1- December 15). Our designation code is CFC# 27895.
New LSIC Podcasts
Just Talk with Glenn E. Martin
Glenn Martin spent six years in New York State prisons. Upon his release, he founded JustLeadershipUSA (JLU) and set out to reduce the U.S. correctional population in half by 2030. To reach this goal, he’s working to elevate the voice of Americans impacted by crime and incarceration and position them as informed, empowered reform partners. Mr. Martin’s speaks from the heart on his life and work at JLU. More on Storify.
Just Talk with Nkechi Taifa
Nkechi Taifa’s journey as a social justice warrior began in 8th grade when she saw a poster of Huey P. Newton in her Black Studies class. That moment laid the foundation for her studies at Howard University and GWU Law School and her leadership at the Justice Roundtable and Open Society Foundations. Listen in as Ms. Taifa reflects on her accomplished career in public interest law and criminal justice reform.
At the LSIC Watercooler with LSIC Community Organizer Sima Lee
Sima updates us on her tenant advocacy efforts at Brookland Manor and Barry Farms; the benefits of holistic healing in treating trauma and oppression; and a back-to-school supplies drive in support of the Food, Clothing, and Resistance Collective. Sept 2016. More on Storify.
Tune into more LSIC podcasts with social justice leaders.
Welcome LSIC Justice Warriors