Black Legal Action Committee

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LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – Today, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCRUL), which works for a coalition of voting advocates, informed the Secretary of State of Georgia and Gwinnett County that the county is illegally maintaining the primaries. „As a Black woman and lawyer, this work is particularly meaningful to me, and I look forward to the opportunity to continue to build on the progress BLAC has already made,“ said Teklu. „I look forward to serving those who deserve a fair and just trial and advocating for systemic justice to free all Black Ontarians.“ We are a non-profit legal clinic that provides free legal advice to low- and no-income Black Ontario residents. Teklu has a long history of working to eradicate anti-Black racism in the justice system and provides legal assistance to members of Ontario`s Black communities. For the past six years, she has worked at Legal Aid Ontario, where she implemented a major service delivery plan for Black Ontarians, provided critical support in the adoption of the BLAC, and drafted LAO`s Racialized Community Strategy. She has also facilitated anti-racism training for hundreds of judges, justices of the peace, lawyers, regulators, judges and educators across the country. In 2019 and 2020, she was an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. The opening of BLAC responds to a commitment made by Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) in September 2017 following LAO funding from the African Canadian Legal Clinic (CCLA) to open a new specialized clinic with and for members of Ontario`s Black communities. As part of its commitment to ensure that clinic rights services for members of Ontario`s Black communities are not reduced, LAO also provided interim services during the creation of the BLAC. LAO has discontinued interim legal services at clinics for Black Ontarians and encourages individuals and referral organizations to contact blaC directly for relevant legal services. The Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) is a non-profit organization that aims to combat individual and systemic racism against Black people by providing legal aid services.

People who have low incomes, identify as Black or African Canadians, and have a legal problem related to anti-Black racism can now contact the Black Legal Action Centre for legal aid. LAO would like to thank the organizations and individuals who helped LAO provide pre-clinical legal services to members of Ontario`s Black communities during this time, including the Human Rights Legal Support Centre, the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, members of the LAO Model Case Committee, members of the Private Bar Association who provided summary legal advice and short-term services through LAO`s toll-free telephone line. and individual members of the Black community who consulted with LAO. Founded in 2017, BLAC is an independent, not-for-profit legal clinic that addresses individual and systemic anti-Black racism by conducting research, engaging in structural change, and providing legal services to members of Ontario`s Black communities. It is funded by Legal Aid Ontario and led by a volunteer board. WASHINGTON – In response to the Justice Department`s announcement Wednesday that it will provide nearly $57 million to support criminal justice reform and promote racial justice in the criminal justice system, Damon Hewitt, president and executive director of. The Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) and the Alliance for Healthier Communities (The Alliance) are concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on inmates. Due to the staggering number of Blacks held in correctional facilities across the country, BLAC and the Alliance are aware that the impact of the virus will be disproportionately felt by Black communities. On July 7, 2020, a coalition of Indigenous Legal Services, the Black Legal Action Centre, the Hiv & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario and others submitted a letter to the Government of Ontario requesting that data on the prevalence of COVID-19 in provincial correctional facilities and the measures taken to prevent the spread of the virus be made public. WASHINGTON, DC (September 12, 2022) – The country`s leading civil rights leaders, reproductive rights organizations and judiciary organizations met today with Vice President Kamala Harris to discuss the adverse effects of the U.S. Supreme Court decision. BLAC also welcomed a new CEO, Aba Stevens, and Board members Erin Atkinson, Okeima Lawrence, Sarah Riley Case and Roy Williams.

The bipartisan National Electoral Protection Coalition works throughout the year to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to vote and count that vote. Comprised of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection uses a wide range of tools and activities to protect, advance and defend the right to vote. From coast to coast to coast, Election Protection provides Americans with comprehensive information and support at all stages of voting – from registration to absentee voting and early voting, to voting at the ballot box and overcoming barriers to their participation.