The Clarion
A Quarterly Newsletter from Call for Justice
Vol. 3, No. 1
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Thoughts & Words
Ellie Krug (Executive Director)

Dear Friends, Supporters, and Colleagues:

 

December 1st marked the second anniversary of our opening as a nonprofit.

 

Back on 12/1/11, I walked into a completely empty conference room in the downtown Minneapolis headquarters of Greater Twin Cities United Way with a laptop and folding chair from home. Later that day, I bought a printer; the printer box became my desk for the next month until a real desk and chairs arrived.

 

As the saying goes, "we've come a long way baby" since then.

 

In twenty-four months, we've created a legal referral training program for United Way 2-1-1 from the ground-up. Later this month, we'll conduct the 17th training session for United Way 2-1-1. As you'll see elsewhere in this newsletter, our 2-1-1 training program has attracted national attention.

 

Of equal importance, we've become a crucial convener of nonprofit legal and social service providers and a key facilitator of collaborations that increase civil legal access for low-income people. We've used our imagination and energy to connect organizations and broadcast various relatively unknown Twin Cities legal resources.

 

In the process, we've watched the numbers. YouTube views of our 2-1-1 training videos have gone through the roof--they're increasing at the rate of 30 percent a month! Visits to our website are increasing, too. Along the way, we've nearly doubled the number of "Friends of Justice," people who directly contribute to Call for Justice.

 

As we begin our third year of operations, we've stepped up our direct fundraising. Thus, please mark your calendars that April 10th will be our first ever fundraiser--an evening with the quartet, Well-Strung. This promises to be a unique and not-easily-forgotten night!

 

Our thanks to everyone who has supported Call for Justice these past two years. We look forward to doing much more to connect low-income people with legal resources in the coming years!

 

ellie

In This Issue
Friends
Become a Friend
Support C4J in 2014 by becoming one of C4J's Friends of Justice. Consider a $10 monthly pledge. You'll receive your very own certificate and our deep appreciation!
C4J's Legal Clinics List
We do our best to maintain an up-to-date listing of Twin Cities legal clinics listed by legal topic. Feel free to direct clients seeking legal resources to the existing list. If you host a clinic and would like to have it listed, please contact Emily Lindholm.

Richard Zorza Features "The Story of Call for Justice"   

 

On December 15, Call for Justice was featured in Richard Zorza's "Access to Justice Blog," a national online platform for access to justice initiatives. A follower of the Call for Justice--2-1-1 collaboration, Mr. Zorza invited Ellie to write a "guest post" describing the partnership in greater detail, while also highlighting the greater initiatives of Call for Justice as a growing organization.

 

Ellie, in turn, crafted a post describing not only how the 2-1-1 collaboration came about, but how C4J itself has continued to grow into a multifaceted and dynamic advocate for heightened awareness of legal resources in the Twin Cities, all of which stemmed from one question:

 

"What if other social service agencies were exposed to legal programming information?"

 

As was described in the opening remarks of this newsletter, Call for Justice has had many accomplishments in just the past two years: the "adoption" of the Jeremiah Program by two Twin Cities law firms, the creation of the only print-friendly volunteer interpreter list, the release of our first outcome report, a notable dispersal of legal referrals leading to people connecting with legal resources the first time around, a CLE/Seminar attended by nearly 100 legal and social service providers, and a wide array of projects on the horizon, all dedicated to increasing access to the legal system for those who need it most--low-income people and those caught within the "justice gap."

 

This was Call for Justice's second time featured on Mr. Zorza's blog.

"On the Horizon"

January 15: C4J moves to the Northstar Center in Minneapolis.
 
January 16 & 17: 2-1-1 training on Minnesota veteran legal and social service resources.

February 11:
National "2-1-1" Day screening of AMERICAN WINTER at Riverview Theater in Minneapolis.


February 13: Our 7th Legal Liaison Program Meeting will take place on Thursday, February 13th from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the United Way Building in Minneapolis. There's no charge for this event. Please RSVP by emailing Emily Lindholm.

April 10: Call for Justice presents Well-Strung's Minnesota Premiere at Illusion Theater. All proceeds will go to the continued operation of Call for Justice.

C4J's First Annual Fundraiser is Open to All!

C4J is thrilled to announce our first annual fundraiser featuring the extremely talented and critically-acclaimed pop-rock orchestra quartet, Well-Strung. 

 

With a repertoire that blends everything from Mozart and Kelly Clarkson to Vivaldi and Adele, this dynamite group of musicians will be making their "Minnesota Premiere" on April 10, 2014, at the Illusion Theater, conveniently located on Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis. 

 

This will be Well-Strung's first time performing in Minneapolis, and we invite you to join us in welcoming them with a night of music, fun, and community togetherness.

 

All proceeds from this event will go toward the continued operations of Call for Justice, including ticket sales. Tickets will go on sale in mid-January and continue through April. However, don't delay in buying; we expect the show to sell out quickly.   

 

This is a family friendly show, and open to the public. The schedule is as follows:  

 

6PM Cocktails & Networking 

7-8:30PM Performance   

 

C4J is also in need of additional sponsors for the event, and invites any interested parties to help sponsor bringing this wonderfully talented group to Minneapolis for a one-night engagement. Is sponsorship too large a commitment? Consider taking out an ad in the event program. Email Emily for program advertisement details.  

 

Want to know more about Well-Strung? Click the link below to watch their delightful music video!

WELL-STRUNG Mozart Meets Kelly Clarkson
WELL-STRUNG Mozart Meets Kelly Clarkson
C4J CLE Quick Survey ResultsEmily

 

Call for Justice's first CLE, "'I Didn't Know That!' Relatively Unknown Twin Cities Legal Resources" was an immense success, bringing together nearly 100 social and legal providers from the Twin Cities to learn about the lesser-known and underutilized civil legal resources that make for better targeted low-income legal referrals.

 

The 16 question survey was used to determine "baseline" knowledge about Twin Cities legal resources. A total of 86 surveys were collected, and some of the most striking results can be found in C4J's new infographic:

 

 

These are just a few of the results from our quick survey. If you would like a copy of the complete results, please email Emily.

 

C4J plans to hold a similar CLE later this year. Stay tuned!  

Celebrate National "2-1-1 Day" with C4J

 

On National 2-1-1 Day ("2/11/14") help us acknowledge the important work of Greater Twin Cities United Way 2-1-1 with a screening of AMERICAN WINTER.

This award-winning documentary follows eight families through a winter in Portland, Oregon as they struggle with homelessness, joblessness, catastrophic medical emergencies and other crushing challenges, highlighting both the crucial role of 2-1-1 in helping to connect people in need with community resources and the need for greater political and economic engagement to end systemic poverty.

 

The event will take place at Riverview Theater (3800 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406) on February 11, 2014 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, and will feature a panel of 2-1-1 professionals who will answer questions and lend their own personal insights to the event.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

 

More information on the film can be found at  AmericanWinterFilm.com.

Goodbye to Board Member Candee Goodman

 

As of December 2013, we said goodbye to a founding member of the Call for Justice board of directors, Candee Goodman. Candee, a member of the board since C4J's inception, has been an immense joy to work with and a dedicated advocate for increased access to civil legal resources in the Twin Cities.  

 

The Call for Justice team is extremely grateful for Candee's time and effort in making Call for Justice the organization it is today, and wishes her all the best as she leaves the C4J board to spend more time with family and friends. Thank you, Candee! We wish you and your family well!  

C4J to Move to Northstar Center on January 15, 2014

 

On January 15, C4J will move its offices to the Northstar Center. We are immensely grateful to Greater Twin Cities United Way for their kindness and generosity over the past two years, and look forward to a fresh start going into our third year of operations!   

 

C4J's new address will be: 

Call for Justice, LLC
P.O. Box 2380
608 2nd Ave South, Suite 465 
Minneapolis, MN 55402
612-333-4000 
Thank you for supporting the work and mission of Call for Justice, LLC!
Ellen (Ellie) Krug
Executive Director
ellen.krug@callforjustice.org

Emily Lindholm
Programming Content Manager
emily.lindholm@callforjustice.org
Call for Justice, LLC
404 South 8th Street
P.O. Box 2380
Minneapolis, MN 55402
612-333-4000
callforjustice.org

Board of Directors
Tom Fraser, Mike Unger, Cheryl Dalby, Richard Kyle Jr., Charlie Clippert, Mary-Margaret Zindren, Duane Stanley, and Paul Floyd.

Donors & Friends
F.R. Bigelow Foundation, Hennepin County Bar Foundation, Ramsey County Bar Foundation, The Saint Paul Foundation, Greater Twin Cities United Way, Aafedt, Forde, Gray, Monson & Hager, P.A., Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala, P.A., Barry, Slade, & Wheaton, LLC, Bassford Remele, A Professional Association, Best & Flanagan LLP, Cousineau McGuire, Chartered, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Fish & Richardson P.C., Foley & Mansfield, PLLP, Fredrikson & Byron, PA, Gray Plant Mooty, Henson & Efron, P.A., Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Kennedy & Graven, Chartered, Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren Ltd., Larson King, LLP, Leonard, Street and Deinard Foundation, Lind, Jensen, Sullivan, & Peterson, P.A., Lindquist & Vennum PLLP, Maslon Edelman Borman and Brand, LLP, Mansfield, Tanick & Cohen, P.A., Merchant & Gould, Moss & Barnett, A Professional Association, Nilan Johnson Lewis PA, Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A., Unger Law Office, Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP, Vicki and Richard Carlson, Emily Cooper, David Couillard, Paul Dieseth, Al and Ellen Fisher, Paul and Donna Floyd, Donald & Arvonne Fraser (in honor of Tom Fraser), Sara Galligan, Beth Garland, Elise Ginsburg, Jacquelyn "Jacq" Hauser, Ellen Krug, Mark Krug, John Medeiros, Kathy Moran, Ari Murphy, Jill Prohofsky, Paul Quast, Thea Reilkoff, Liz Reppe, Dennis Tharp, Tom Tinkham and Mike Unger.
Released on January 7, 2014
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