Calling all law students!
We are facing the worst public health and economic crisis of our lifetimes. Mounting layoffs. Workers forced to risk their lives by coming into work — or sent home on unpaid leave when they have bills to pay. Families with no idea how to make their next rent check or student loan payment. Around the country, advocates are working around the clock to guarantee paid sick and caregiving leave for everyone, to rebuild the social safety net, to hit pause on rent and debt collection, and to make sure that we don’t leave people behind. And they need our help.
The People’s Parity Project is a nationwide network of law students organizing with workers against corporate power and for workers’ rights. We’re working closely with grassroots and national partners fighting for emergency local, state, and federal legislation to get working families through the COVID-19 crisis. They need urgent help with legal and factual research — and that’s where you come in. Sign up below to get connected to advocates who need your research and advocacy help!
Right now, PPP’s priority projects (subject to change based on need) include:
• Emergency unemployment insurance expansion, with a special focus on making sure that gig workers and other workers misclassified as independent contractors (like Uber drivers) can get UI.
• Paid sick leave and paid medical/caregiving leave.
• Emergency cash transfers to everyone.
• Supporting legal action and advocacy to spur the release of people incarcerated in jails and prisons.
• Other fast-moving emergency projects identified by our movement partners.
We’ll be adding projects based on needs identified by our movement partners. We are facing the worst crisis of our lifetimes — but it doesn’t have to be this way. We can choose to bail out people instead of banks. We can choose to make sure everyone can take care of themselves and their loved ones without losing a paycheck. We can choose not to leave anyone behind.
We want to emphasize that our top priority is everybody’s safety and well-being — physical and mental, especially with many of our community facing uncertainty and instability about living situations, family health, school and more. If you’re not able to help now, that’s okay — and there will be many more important needs over the coming weeks and months. We’ll welcome you back whenever you’re ready!