PLSE Thanks the following funders & partners for their support:
Bread & Roses is a public foundation committed to supporting social justice by raising and distributing funds. In 2010 and 2014 Bread & Roses Community Fund awarded PLSE Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative grants, which directly support our work organizing individuals with criminal records to demand criminal record reform.
Equal Justice Works/Americorps Legal Fellowship program was created in 1993 to address the gaps in the legal aid community through pro bono management and direct representation. Through its newest initiative, the Employment Opportunity Legal Corps (EOLC), Equal Justice Works/Americorps has provided PLSE with matching funds enabling us to hire Leigh Wicclair, as our first full-time legal fellow in September 2014. AmeriCorps Legal Fellows serve unemployed or underemployed people who are actively seeking to join the labor market.
FastFWD is a partnership among The City of Philadelphia, GoodCompany Group, a social enterprise accelerator, and the Wharton Social Impact Initiative. In 2014, PLSE was chosen as one of 8 incubators to take on the challenge of public safety.
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law in partnership with the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships and PLSE provides direct legal services in the heart of Mantua, a designated Promise Zone Initiative. Under close supervision of PLSE, students develop their legal skills and gain practical, hands-on, experience working directly with clients to help them overcome barriers surrounding criminal history information.
The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program The Guild, a paid apprenticeship program, gives formerly incarcerated individuals and young adults on probation the opportunity to reconnect with their community while developing job skills. Through work on creative projects like mural making, carpentry, and mosaics, members of the Guild, guided by artists and other skilled professionals, transform their neighborhoods and themselves.
Philadelphia Housing Authority (“P.H.A.”), was established in 1937 and is the nation’s fourth largest housing authority, and provides housing for nearly 80,000 people in the City of Philadelphia. PLSE partners with PHA for a Department of Housing Jobs Plus Pilot program to develop locally-based, job-driven approaches to increase earnings and advance employment outcomes through work readiness, employer linkages, job placement, educational advancement technology skills, and financial literacy for residents of public housing.
PowerCorpsPHL, launched in September 2013, is an AmeriCorps program designed to support the City of Philadelphia’s environmental stewardship initiatives, youth violence prevention and workforce development priorities. Partnering with EducationWorks and the Philadelphia Youth Network, PowerCorpsPHL will annually enroll 100 individuals, ages 18-26, in a 9-month program: 6 months of full-time service as AmeriCorps members with City departments followed by 3 months of intensive job placement support.
Since 2011, PLSE has partnered with The Toll Public Interest Center, (“TPIC”), to provide direct legal services in the heart of West Philadelphia. Under close supervision of PLSE, students develop their legal skills and gain practical, hands-on, experience working directly with clients to help them overcome barriers surrounding criminal history information.
Since 2011 the People’s Emergency Center, (“PEC”), has hosted PLSE clinics. PEC nurtures families, strengthens neighborhoods, and drives change. We are committed to increasing equity and opportunity throughout our entire community. We provide comprehensive supportive services to homeless women and their children, revitalize our West Philadelphia neighborhood, and advocate for social justice.
The People’s Paper Co-op (“PPC”) is a collaborative project that works with individuals directly impacted by the criminal justice system. PLSE facilitated and provided free legal services at expungement clinics for the People’s Library and Paper Collective, which created a quilt made from the shredded and reconstituted records of individuals seeking expungements. We thank PPC for the use of their photographs on our website.
R.I.S.E , Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services (“R.I.S.E.”), provides social services and referrals for individuals returning to Philadelphia following contact with the Criminal Justice System and the Department of Corrections. Since 2012, PLSE provided direct legal services and education to R.I.S.E participants to help reduce the chance for recidivism and increase public safety.
The Sheller Center’s newest clinic, Justice Lab, will begin with its inaugural class of students in January 2016. Law students working with PLSE performed research and information gathering, policy, legislative, and strategic analysis, written and oral advocacy to better understand the impact outstanding traffic fines and driver’s license suspensions poses for Philadelphia citizens returning from incarceration.