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United Way of Hampshire County Grant To Address Veterans’ Civil Legal Needs


Community Legal Aid (CLA) is pleased to acknowledge a generous three-year grant that it has received from the United Way of Hampshire County to address veterans’ civil legal needs.  CLA will work closely with the Northampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center to improve the health of Hampshire County’s veterans and their families by tackling their unmet health-harming legal needs. These legal needs include discharge status upgrades (leading to increased eligibility for veteran-specific services) and access to affordable housing, healthcare and benefits programs.

New Managing Attorney in Worcester


At the beginning of April 2018 Weayonnoh Nelson-Davies became the Managing Attorney of CLA’s Worcester office. Weayonnoh has been a staff attorney at CLA for several years, specializing in public benefits advocacy and spearheading CLA’s medical-legal partnership with UMass Memorial Healthcare. Before joining our staff she worked as a Bart Gordon Fellow and staff attorney at South Coastal Counties Legal Services. Weayonnoh was born and raised in Liberia before immigrating to the U.S. during Liberia’s civil war.

Letter: Civil legal aid funding is a bargain in its rescued lives


Worcester Telegram & Gazette
April 5, 2018 | Posted at 6:00 AM             

With uncertainty about how federal tax reform will impact Massachusetts, state lawmakers writing next year’s budget have an almost impossible task. They must align public spending with programs that not only improve lives, but yield a substantial return on investment, as well.

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy


On the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, we celebrate his life and legacy. His work as a pastor, activist, and leader of the civil rights movement is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago.

Dr. King earned his doctoral degree and an honorary degree from Boston University. We are proud to honor his memory and the role Boston played in his growth and emergence as an unparalleled champion for our vulnerable and disenfranchised neighbors and as a compelling voice for equity, justice, and peace.