FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3/12/2018
Chief Seattle Club to Receive First Annual Equity Award for Service to the Native Community
SEATTLE— Seattle Community Law Center (SCLC) is honored to present its first annual Equity Award to the Chief Seattle Club for long standing service to Seattle’s Native community. The award recognizes an SCLC partner organization that demonstrates a strong commitment to racial and economic justice.
The organization’s first Equity Award will be granted to the Chief Seattle Club, in honor of its commitment to Native peoples and social service. The Chief Seattle Club exists to provide sacred space to nurture, affirm and renew the spirit of urban Native people. The Chief Seattle Club is a human service agency that provides for the basic needs of their members, many of whom are experiencing homelessness.
Currently in its twentieth year of service to disabled and homeless individuals in Western Washington, SCLC is growing its capacity to provide civil legal aid, and continues to rely upon specialized partners like the Chief Seattle Club for meeting and assisting the city’s most vulnerable populations. SCLC hopes to further its collaboration with other not-for-profit organizations (and individual contributors) who are fighting the racialization of poverty and inequality in the Seattle area.
“The crisis of homelessness and housing insecurity has reverberated throughout the Native community since 1492,” said Colleen Echohawk, executive director of the Chief Seattle Club. “we will solve this crisis through partnership and organizational cooperation, allowing Native people to lead the process and inviting our allies to join us in the fight for economic justice.”
Echohawk will accept the award this evening on the behalf of Chief Seattle Club at the Arctic Club in downtown Seattle.
Seattle Community Law Center is a civil legal aid organization that provides social security advocacy to people with disabilities who are homeless or low-income. SCLC’s provides accessible legal advocacy to people living with physical and mental disabilities, so that they may obtain the resources necessary to overcome barriers to financial and medical stability. The organization furthers its mission through targeted advocacy projects that help individuals and families with complex Social Security disability challenges; it currently has three attorneys, assisting approximately 1,000 individuals each year.
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Seattle Community Law Center