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CRIMINAL RECORDS EXPUNGEMENT CLINIC

The Evergreen State College Tacoma Law Club

The Evergreen State College, Tacoma Law Club members have founded an Expungement Clinic. The goal of the clinic is to provide a valuable legal service free of charge to the community.

The Law Club has partnered with Volunteer Legal Services to bring this program to the community. The opportunity for sealing, vacating, and deletion of criminal records can lead to better employment and safer housing. Lawyers are provided thru Volunteer Legal Services by way of the Pierce County Bar Association.

An attorney will sit down with each client to discuss his or her case individually.
The attorney will then explain what can be cleared from their record and what cannot be. If the client is a candidate for the clinic; the attorney will advise the client in which direction to go and assist in filling out necessary court documents.

Law Club members will act as advocates on behalf of the clients and attend court appearances when requested.

The address is: 1210 6th Avenue Tacoma, Washington 98405

The next clinic dates are:

  • May 2nd
  • June 6th

**All clinics will be held at The Evergreen State College in Tacoma from 6pm until 8pm** Because the clinic is only two hours clients will be seen by appointment only ******

For appointments please call:

Linda Black at Volunteer Legal Services 253-572-5134 or Corwin Scott 253-202-3855 or Cheryl Bey at 253-255-0579.

REMEMBER TO CALL EARLY BECAUSE THE SLOTS FILL-UP QUICKLY
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WCLC Legislative Day Supported in Record Numbers 

Submitted by: Evanglest Lorraine Sylvester


The Tacoma branch of the Washington Christian Leadership Coalition, headed by Dr. Freeman Rhodes, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church on Tacoma's east side, participated in its fourth annual legislative day on Tuesday, March 2, 2011. The South Sound delegation of the WCLC totaled more than 250 attendees throughout the day with Tacoma representing in near triple digits. The Tacoma Ministerial Alliance provided buses and private transportation along with the attendance of several of its members. Lunches, refreshments and snacks were provided through the joint efforts of the TMA and the A. Philip Randolph Institute.

 

The Legislative Day ran from 9 am to 2:30 pm, with its Agenda sectioned into five parts: Education, Criminal Justice, Housing & Human Services, Economic Development, and Other Concerns. Our first speaker was Erin Jones, from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. She has been honored as Washington State Teacher of the Year and has taught at Jason Lee middle school in Tacoma. In her current role as Assistant State Superintendent of Public Schools, Erin provides educational information, resources and support, primarily to Washington State educators, but also to parents and community. She told us that our Washington State school system is in crisis with 34,000 students statewide that did not graduate last year. This represents an 8.8 billion dollar loss of salary in the job market. She encouraged parents to visit the OSPI website at www.yourlearningcenter.org, for information regarding graduation requirements for high school students, offices and programs, assessments, the achievement gap, and other useful educational information. She spoke about the Achievement Gap not necessarily being seen as a negative but as an "Opportunity Gap" where further improvement is being sought. Erin gave us much food for thought and left us with the knowledge that there is help for parents who need assistance with challenging situations regarding their children and other education issues by contacting the Office of the Education Ombudsmen, (OEO).

 

Representatives from the Washington Education Association (WEA), spoke regarding the union's representation of Washington State educators. This Association began in 1889 with the goal of providing the same opportunity for education access for every child in Washington State. It was interesting to note that while the University of Washington is a state run public institution that our tax dollars support, they admitted only 69 African-American students last year. Further, African-American males with at least one year of post-high school education, trade school, or certificated program training, will reduce their chances of going to prison by more than 97%.

 

Joenne McGerr represented Secretary Vail for the Department of Corrections. The impact of incarcerated youth and adults has collateral consequences that affect their families, housing and jobs. She offered support on how to navigate the criminal justice system here in Washington State, for families in communities with children and adult family members who are incarcerated. Contact them by e-mail at: familyservices@doc.wa.gov, and let them know how they can support you. They're willing to come out to our communities and talk to groups. Joenne thanked the WCLC for their very influential support thus far.

 

Martin Loesch, Director of External Affairs and Senior Counsel, represented Gov. Gregoire who was not in attendance to meet with us again, for the fourth year in a row. Martin reiterated the dire fiscal status of our state budget and how this stalls out economic recovery. He addressed Senate bill 5557 (SB 5557), which if passed would combine three ethnic commissions; African-American affairs, Hispanic affairs, and Asian-Pacific Islander affairs. The governor is in favor of this bill; however, it is met with opposition from all three ethnic groups. Both the Hispanic and the Asian-Pacific Islander groups have gone on record opposing the passing of this bill but there was no formal response on record from the African-American community.

 

Send for the Praying Women….

It was impressed upon the heart of Sister Diane Hood, of Seattle's 37th district, to gather a few prayer warriors together and go to the governor's office to pray for our governor. She called upon this Evangelist who in turn called for Pastors Steve Baber and Carl Livingston, to join us as our covering, along with other pastors and prayer warriors who felt the leading of the Lord in this matter. We were 15 strong as we made our way to the governor's office, on the second floor of the Capitol building. The governor was not in, but we were encouraged by the front desk to leave comments for the governor. She handed Pastor Livingston the slip of paper and he wrote, "Governor, we, the Christian leaders in the black community, represent your most loyal constituency. This is the fourth annual WCLC African American legislative day. Again, you have not met with us. We respectfully demand that you set up meetings with our co-spokespersons Rev. Freeman S. Rhodes and Rev. Steve Baber". We each signed the comment slip as a show of unity and solidarity. We made a circle of prayer, joined hands, and began to pray with confidence and conviction, diligence and determination, eagerness and expectation, fervency and power.
  
We left her office assured in our hearts that heaven got the news; we felt a sense of completion of a divine assignment. We decided to take the stairs back down to the first floor, and before all of us had cleared the stairwell from the second to the first floor, we heard "Wait, wait, Martin Loesch has a message from the governor".  Martin shared with us that the governor heard that we were there in prayer and has requested that we immediately get on her calendar and she will meet with the WCLC spokespersons. The Scripture in Isaiah 65:24 immediately came to mind, where it says "before they call, I will answer, and while they are yet speaking, I will hear". We all rejoiced at the swift move of God, and gave him thanks in prayer.

 

Our lobbyist, Representative Eric Pettigrew, took time out in the afternoon from his busy schedule, to meet with us briefly. He stated that with all the budget cuts, this was a most intense time, and the busiest, that he can recall in his eight years at the capitol. He answered a few questions from the floor and before he left, the pastors, ministers, and prayer warriors encompassed roundabout him and Erin Jones to pray for their continued strength, courage, perseverance, and protection. They represent only a few people of color in the Capitol.

 

We met with Attorney General Rob McKenna to discuss the Spokane near bombing incident that occurred on Martin Luther King’s Birthday and our opposition to the gang bill (SB 5236). The near bombing incident in Spokane is being handled by the FBI who can levy stricter and more rigorous penalties than both state and local government. He listened to our concerns regarding the gang bill, there are more community conversations regarding this bill around the state. Mr. McKenna will be at the Marie Calendars restaurant in Federal Way on March 11, at 3:30 pm.

 

Daniel Malarkey, Deputy Director, Department of Commerce, addressed the group and others were selected from the group to meet with Senator Regala regarding SB 5423 The Legal Financial Obligations Bill, and SB 5236, Reform for Three Strikes Bill. There were conducted tours of the Capitol, and a training session on legislative advocacy. Rev. Dr. Cheryl Baker, pastor of Temple of Praise in Burien, brought students in from their Academy of Praise.

 

All in all it was a great day at the Capitol. This was the largest number of attendees to date for the WCLC; we are looking forward to doubling this number next year. Heads are turning, eyes are opening, our collective presence is a voice and it is being heard louder every year.

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CRIMINAL RECORDS EXPUNGEMENT CLINIC

The Evergreen State College Tacoma Law Club

The Evergreen State College, Tacoma Law Club members have founded an Expungement Clinic. The goal of the clinic is to provide a valuable legal service free of charge to the community.

The Law Club has partnered with Volunteer Legal Services to bring this program to the community. The opportunity for sealing, vacating, and deletion of criminal records can lead to better employment and safer housing. Lawyers are provided thru Volunteer Legal Services by way of the Pierce County Bar Association.

An attorney will sit down with each client to discuss his or her case individually.
The attorney will then explain what can be cleared from their record and what cannot be. If the client is a candidate for the clinic; the attorney will advise the client in which direction to go and assist in filling out necessary court documents.

Law Club members will act as advocates on behalf of the clients and attend court appearances when requested.

The address is: 1210 6th Avenue Tacoma, Washington 98405

The next clinic dates are:

  • May 2nd
  • June 6th

**All clinics will be held at The Evergreen State College in Tacoma from 6pm until 8pm** Because the clinic is only two hours clients will be seen by appointment only ******

For appointments please call:

Linda Black at Volunteer Legal Services 253-572-5134 or Corwin Scott 253-202-3855 or Cheryl Bey at 253-255-0579.

REMEMBER TO CALL EARLY BECAUSE THE SLOTS FILL-UP QUICKLY
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Why Join TMA?

 

There are pastors, clergy, business professionals and civic organizations that would like to network and expand their affiliation with other men and women of God, who are like minded. TMA offers this gateway of potential opportunity in ample abundance.

 

Are you a pastor of a new or a small congregation and would like to broaden your fellowship with other pastors and ministries?  Are you a business professional or a business owner and would like to take a more active role in building a better community while broadening your networking field? Then strongly consider joining the Tacoma Ministerial Alliance (TMA).  
 
We invite you to network and participate with other Christian leaders in weekly meetings, discussion groups, committees, conferences and other symposium activities.


TMA offers biblical, civic and professional involvement addressing social issues of interest in our local community. TMA always welcome members to utilize their God-given talents and expertise to support and lend a hand to other team members to recognize that the jobs we (as Christians) are often called to do, are not only bigger than we are, but are God-sized task that only He can accomplish through us.

 

Would you like to get more involved with a ministry that is not just reactive to the concerns of our community, but is also forward thinking and innovative in its approach to bring in new members with new ideas?  TMA offers groundbreaking opportunities for independent thinking toward research and development and to pioneer a nontraditional approach on how we communicate with each other and our community.  We may have been around for a while, but we are not afraid to embrace today's technology that accompanies this new surge of memberships.

 

Men and women of God both in the clergy, and from the professional field are bringing in a fresh new spirit to an old and a well established organization that is ready to take its place in the 21st century.  As a 60 year old organization, TMA has garnered the respect of elected officials, businesses, government agencies and civic organizations statewide.  Representatives of these organizations frequent our weekly meetings with presentations relating how our community can access and be served by their services.  This is important!  This allows our members to take back to their congregations, customers and clients valued information.

 

We are looking for men and women of God, who wants to broaden their presence in our community with a can-do spirit to serve.  We invite you to attend one of our weekly meetings and witness for yourself our members in action addressing the social issues of interest that impacts our community.  Our meetings are held at the Eastside Baptist Church - 3575 E. Parkland Avenue / Tacoma, Washington - (253) 472-6222.  Or you can leave us a note by clicking on our "Guest Book" tab at the top of this page. Someone will get back with you as soon as possible.

 

Our future looks brighter than ever thanks to the commitment of current members and the ongoing effort to build our organization on God's Word.  We have adopted a "team spirit" attitude and firmly believe that there is strength in numbers, as well as strength in Christ.

 

The new TMA is here and very active!  Be part of a "GOOD THING!" Join TMA Today!

 

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