In the rush of wrapping presents and counting down to 2019 (or sleeping soundly as the clock struck midnight), you may have missed that Merriam-Webster chose “justice” as its 2018 word of the year.
We heard a lot about justice in 2018: the Department of Justice; Supreme Court Justice; obstruction of justice; justice for immigrants; economic justice. And it’s safe to assume that we’re going to hear a lot more about justice in 2019.
Justice was tested in 2018, but it proved itself to be resilient thanks, in part, to lawyers like our We The Action volunteers. In 2018, We…
Under Secretary Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Department of Education is systematically dismantling key protections for student borrowers, including guardrails against predatory for-profit colleges. The Department has granted reprieves to schools at risk of losing their federal funding because of abusive practices and has stocked the agency with industry insiders. And Secretary DeVos is seeking to roll back policies that protect students — including veterans — from predatory for-profit colleges. This means that many students — including thousands of veterans — who have been defrauded by these schools have limited recourse.
That’s where organizations like Veterans Education Success (VES) are stepping…
Like our team at We The Action, you may be troubled by the ongoing devastation in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria. Given the challenges Puerto Ricans are confronting — continued power outages, a housing crisis, a mental health emergency — it is even more upsetting to see headlines in the news about mismanaged federal contracts that have failed to meet needs and address the devastation. At We The Action, we try to turn our frustration into action, so we reached out to a great organization called Rebuild Puerto Rico, which has now posted two projects to our platform.
Fighting back against illegal gerrymandering
In January, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down the electoral maps that were gerrymandered by Republicans in a power grab. The Court’s scathing opinion said the GOP redistricting plan “clearly, plainly, and palpably” violated the state’s Constitution and “undermines voters’ ability to exercise their right to vote in free and ‘equal’ elections.”
This was just the latest example of egregious political gerrymandering struck down by a court. Other examples are pending in North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Maryland.
Lawyers, you can help us fight back against blatant gerrymandering and other threats to our democratic ideals through…
This post originally appeared as a guest post on the American Constitution Society’s blog.
After the 2016 presidential election, many progressive lawyers, including me, were asking, “What can I do?” We launched We The Action to help answer that question. We The Action is a platform that makes it easy for lawyers to find and volunteer for projects with our progressive nonprofit partners, like the American Constitution Society (ACS) and dozens of others.
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