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Legal Aid votes to unionize

Following a 70-25 vote by eligible staff in favor of unionizing, MMLA issued a statement which reads in part, “We look forward to working together, all of us, leadership, union members and staff.”

“Food is Medicine bill” backed by Legal Aid

The “Food is Medicine” bill aims to restore SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits (previously known as “food stamps”) to Minnesota’s 6K adults who lost them Jan. 1.

Students ask lawmakers to rethink SRO fix – KARE 11

KARE 11’s coverage of the Solutions Not Suspensions news conference included Legal Aid’s statement on prone restraints.

Ban on “prone” protects Minnesota’s schoolchildren – KARE 11

Read Legal Aid’s statement, supporting the 2023 legislative ban on prone restraints in schools. “The risk in using them on children is too great to ignore.”

Legal Aid testifies: “Keep ban on prone restraints”

First day of the legislative session, Legal Aid Attorney Jessica Webster testifies on HF 3489, asking the House Education committee to keep the school ban on prone restraints. 

Know your rights when court interpreters strike

Legal Aid’s Minnesota Disability Law Center with Think Self issued guidance on the constitutional rights for those needing court interpretation services.

Many Minnesotans with disabilities earn far less – Star Tribune

Legal Aid Attorney Maren Hulden talks to the Star Tribune about the prospect of ending the subminimum wage. Photo credit: Star Tribune

Lawmakers introduce bill to reform controversial ‘contract for deed’ home sales – ProPublica

Attorney Ron Elwood of MMLA’s Legal Services Advocacy Project (LSAP) talks to reporter Jessica Lussenhop in this ProPublica follow-up to her piece on “the exploitation of Somali contract for deed buyers.” Ron has been working with U.S. Senator Tina Smith to advance comprehensive contract for deed reform in 2024.

Minnesota’s immigrants, advocates anxious about Congress’ effort to tighten border – MinnPost

“This has created a question of whether the administration is willing to continue the American value of welcoming refugees.” – Alison Griffith, MMLA Immigration Law Project

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