CLS’ TOP TEN of 2023! Looking back at a year of progress, community, and fighting for justice in Washington – made possible by you! Along with many wonderful partners and allies, this year:
Fairness for Farm Workers
We stopped legislation to take away overtime pay from farm workers! Agricultural interests fought to limit overtime pay before it had even been fully implemented, but we fought back.
No Medical Debt from Jails
We won Lambert v. Kittitas County and stopped jails from charging people for medical care they can’t pay for.
Youth Visions of Justice
We celebrated the young artists who entered our 2023 Imagine Justice Youth Art Contest, sharing their visions of justice for all.
Protection for Renters
We passed legislation to stop unfair landlord damage claims, protecting more than a million households in Washington from unsubstantiated charges that can lead to debt and homelessness.
Health Care for All
We helped ensure funding of health care coverage for people without immigration status, making 100,000 people in Washington eligible for medical insurance through the Health Benefit Exchange for the first time.
Truth to Power
We talked with Dr. Paul Ortiz about the interconnected history of African American and Latinx struggles for liberation and the power of the people!
No Youth in Adult Prisons
We protected young people from being transferred out of juvenile rehabilitation and into adult prison with no process or transparency.
We gathered together for an all staff retreat in Kennewick to bond, collaborate, and recalibrate for the work ahead, guided by the wonderful Michele Majors (check her out!).
Protection from Faulty Drug Tests
We sued the Department of Corrections to stop their use of faulty drug tests to justify cruel punishment such as prolonged solitary confinement and extended time in prison.
We demanded fair treatment for workers at Windmill Farms, filing a lawsuit on behalf of United Farm Workers and six people who had experienced discrimination, harassment, and retaliation for trying to exercise their right to organize.