Law Center Spurs Human Rights Breakthrough in Sacramento
AUDIO: Eric Tars discusses homeless people's human rights on "Which Way, L.A.?" (February 8).
The Law Center and its local allies have achieved an important milestone on behalf of homeless campers in Sacramento.
For well over a year, campers have been forced to transport bags full of waste on a bicycle to a public restroom miles away from their tent city. But in an unprecedented letter to Mayor Kevin Johnson, the United Nations has delivered a clear message: by not providing sanitation and safe drinking water, the city is violating the human rights of homeless persons.Click here to read more!
Law Center Ups the Ante in Voter Suppression Suit
AUDIO: Andy Beres talks disenfranchisement on "The Rick Smith Show" (March 8).
Last Friday, the Law Center amended its lawsuit
challenging Wisconsin's voter ID law to include charges that it illegally blocks minorities and veterans from accessing the ballot box.
Under the law, homeless, poor, and other constituencies could be forced to pay for documents, such as a birth certificate or social security card, before obtaining the state-approved ID they need to vote in the 2012 elections. With minorities and veterans so severely over-represented among these groups, Wisconsin's law clearly violates the Voting Rights Act.
Help Project LEARN Keep Homeless Kids in School
With schools across the country keeping homeless kids out of school, either through ignorance or evasion of long-standing federal protections, the Law Center launched Project LEARN in fall 2011.
This cutting-edge initiative, created with founding partner DLA Piper, brings together attorneys from across the country to provide legal advocacy to homeless families and train school officials to follow the law. Under the federal McKinney-Vento Act, children have the right to remain in the same school when they become homeless. Schools are also required to provide free transportation, meals, and access to extra-curricular activities. This provides vital stability when the rest of their lives have been turned upside down.
You can help these kids get what they need. For just $15, you can become a Project LEARN Member and ensure homeless children's access to education.
To become a member, or to learn more about Project LEARN, click here.
You can also make your voice heard by joining our Facebook Cause.
About the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
The Law Center is the only national legal advocacy organization dedicated to ending and preventing homelessness in America. It fights in the halls of power for laws and policies that protect homeless people's rights and help them rise out of poverty.