Equal Justice on the Move - Spring 2016

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Finding solutions to poverty and improving the lives of people with low income in Maine
 
Equal Justice...on the move!
 
​In This Issue
 
Finding the Balance: Bill's Story
 
 

 

Living with low income requires a lot of balance. Bill knows this firsthand. Maybe his ability to acheive and restore balance comes from his years of working in construction; maybe it comes from the challenges of raising three children. Whatever the source, Bill sees the issue of balance in his own life and in the way programs for people with low income are structured.

 

Read more about Bill's Story here

 


 

 

Spring 2016

We have a lot to share with you, including legislative outcomes, updates on advocacy with the Department of Health and Human Services, and efforts underway to engage and collaborate with diverse, low-income communities throughout Maine. We also want to be sure you received an invitation to celebrate our 20th Anniversary with us on June 2nd!

 

Legislative Advocacy: The legislative session has come to an end with mixed results. While some steps were taken to create more affordable housing and some harmful proposals were defeated, there were also some deep disappointments. Policymakers failed to advance proactive solutions to reduce poverty and improve peoples' lives and politics continue to get in the way of progress.  Learn more about legislative outcomes in the articles featured here:

 

 

Administrative Advocacy: Maine Equal Justice advocates for fair public policies within governmental agencies. Rules and policies related to public programs can have a huge impact on peoples' lives. We work to ensure both a fair, transparent process with public input as well as program rules that ultimately comply with the law and treat people fairly. Learn more about some of our recent administrative advocacy efforts here:

 

One Story of Many:  MEJP provides legal assistance to individuals who run into barriers as they attempt to navigate a complex system and receive help for which they are eligible. Every day we work with people who face significant obstacles. Their stories shine a light on the systemic barriers that need to be addressed as well as the resilience and strength of people who are facing these obstacles. Read about how Bill strives to find a balance that will work for his family.

 

Equal Justice PARTNERS: We couldn’t advocate effectively for policy solutions to poverty if we weren’t partnering with people experiencing poverty directly. This spring Maine Equal Justice is bringing together a dozen diverse people from across the state who are ready to take on the injustice of poverty in our state. Learn more about the Equal Justice Partners Circle!

 

Resources and FactSheets:

Q&A on the Recent Rule Changes for MaineCare Section 17 Changes

 

Don't Miss the Party!

Maine Equal Justice is turning 20 this year and we’re having a party on Thursday, June 2nd!  Join us as we celebrate MEJP’s first twenty years and honor two of Maine’s most extraordinary advocates and MEJP’s greatest allies:

Rep. Margaret (Peggy) Rotundo

and

Mark Swann and the entire staff at Preble Street

Thursday, June 2nd, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Maple Hill Farm in Hallowell

An array of delicious hors d’oeuvres will be served

Cash bar

RSVP by May 20th

Click here to register

 

 

We hope that Equal Justice on the Move is helpful and informative. We welcome feedback if you have suggestions on how to improve it.

Sincerely,

the Maine Equal Justice team

 

 
 
Maine Equal Justice Partners, Inc. | 126 Sewall Street | Augusta | ME | 04330

www.mejp.org

 

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