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Low-income Americans need legal representation too. Don’t eliminate their access.

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My name is Debbie, and I am 62-year-old woman battling cancer and autoimmune diseases. I’m also fighting to keep my home out of foreclosure in lawsuit against a large, corporate bank. I would already be homeless, if I weren’t represented by Legal Services Corporation (LSC). The Trump administration’s draft budget calls for the elimination of LSC -- cutting millions of Americans like me off from our only access to the justice system.

The Legal Services Corporation was created in 1974 to address what President Nixon called a "need to provide equal access to the system of justice in our nation." The organization provides free legal assistance to low-income individuals and families with cases involving elder abuse, unlawful evictions, predatory lending, disability benefits, domestic violence victims, home foreclosures, veteran’s housing, and more.

These days, the LSC helps an estimated 1.8 million people each year. Over 70% are people like me -- women living at or below the poverty line. Their annual budget is $375 million: roughly two times the annual cost of secret service protection for Trump Tower.

As a low-income senior, I and so many others would be left without the right to due-process through our judicial system without the help of the Legal Services Corporation. This isn’t about handouts. It’s about fundamental fairness toward ALL citizens regardless of their socio-economic status.

If you believe that all Americans deserve equal access to our justice system, please sign and share this petition today! I never thought I’d find myself living below the poverty line and fighting to hold on to my home. Help save this program for seniors like me. Someday, the person you might be helping could be you.

 



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