Imagine Justice 2018


Our 2018 Imagine Justice event was a tremendous success! If you joined us, thank you for your support and we hope you enjoyed our powerful program as much as we did.

If you couldn't make it, we're asking you one last time to support our work toward a more equitable system where everyone enjoys full human rights and economic opportunity.

As we shared with our guests at the event, there are big financial headwinds against effective organizations like Columbia Legal Services and the communities we serve are under constant attack. You can help push back.

At Imagine Justice, Maria and Sonya shared how Columbia Legal Services advocates stood with them to fight for their children who were locked up in solitary confinement in adult jails, sometimes for months. Together, they challenged and changed that system. We also traveled to Mexico with legal advocates through a photo slideshow to witness the behind-the-scenes work it takes to win complex litigation and transform systems to benefit farm workers.

Each year, Columbia Legal Services honors a Visionary of the Year at our annual Imagine Justice event, someone who has an inspiring and transformative vision, a proven impact, commitment to race equity, and aligns with our mission, vision, and values.

Mary Flowers graciously accepted our 2018 Imagine Justice Visionary of the Year! Mary is co-founder of the Village of Hope - which builds upon the strength and wisdom of community to form a network that promotes healthy and thriving Black individuals, families, and community. The Village organizes to undo racism within a broad multi-racial, multi-generational network of organizations. Through her work with organizations that include the People's Institute, The Black Prisoners' Caucus, Youth Undoing Institutional Racism (YUIR), UIR Youth Service Providers Collaboration, the King County NAACP, and Africa Town Mary strives with others to build community, hold institutions accountable to community members, and ultimately to shift power back into the hands of the people.
Mary has been an active partner with Columbia Legal Services as our relationship with and accountability to community have deepened. She helped to connect and engage impacted people with our efforts as we worked on issues such as Legal Financial Obligations, healthcare concerns for incarcerated people, and juvenile "auto decline" into the adult system. She works in the City of Seattle Human Services Department in homeless services and organizes with others there to interrupt practices that fuel oppression and racial disparities within and across systems and institutions. She is a mother and a grandmother and values and loves her extended family.

So if you want to make a difference and help lift up all communities, this is your opportunity to help Columbia Legal Services achieve its vision of social and economic justice for all. Thank you.


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