WA Equal Jusitce Coalition Reports State Legal Aid Funding Preserved
State legal aid funding has been protected for the 2013-2015 biennium. The Governor signed into law the agreed upon budget that adopts the House appropriations level for the Office of Civil Legal Aid, funding OCLA and Northwest Justice Project at the same level that the Legislature provided in the 2011-2013 biennium.
At a time when budgets were slashed for many entities, this result is a huge relief. This result could not have been possible without the help of countless equal justice advocates and supporters who wrote loads of emails and made calls to legislators. As you will recall, the Senate originally proposed cuts to legal aid of about $5 million, which would have been devastating. For more about the Equal Justice Coalition please click here.
New Poverty Rates Mapping Tool
The Poverty & Race Research Action Council reports a that there’s a new interactive map from the Urban Institute that graphically shows shifts in poverty rates in both urban and suburban areas from 1980 to 2010 – zoom in to see how your metro area has changed (and hasn’t changed).
To Improve Data Collection, UN Agrees on Ground-Breaking Gender Indicators
Data collection on social and economic development has come a long way, particularly since the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) — the eight anti-poverty goals internationally agreed upon more than a decade ago. Yet, much remains to be done, particularly in the area of gender statistics, which can help to illustrate the impact development policies have on women’s lives. For example, only a little over one-third of Governments regularly generate statistics on their citizens’ access to clean water, which directly impacts the women who spend hours collecting it; and while the figures are somewhat higher when it comes to measuring violence against women, only 41 per cent of States do so regularly.  But very little of this data can be compared between countries because of differences in how violence against women is currently being measured. Read more here.