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lawyers working with the poor and the ignored to end poverty and implement the demands of justice
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OUR MISSION

TO CREATE A WORLD WHERE EVERYONE'S VOICE IS HEARD AND NO ONE IS LEFT BEHIND




OUR
WORK


We started Street Democracy to bring legal services to the homeless wherever they are.

We realized that legal issues are not the only bars jailing our clients, that unless we addressed underlying causes of their poverty, we were merely performing legal triage. We needed to work smarter.

By partnering with social service agencies, we can provide coordinated human and legal services to make our clients’ progress permanent.

Guided by our clients’ experiences, we advocate for systemic reforms that promote the equitable administration of governance.

Background




STREET OUTREACH
COURT DETROIT

IN 2010, STREET DEMOCRACY LED AN EFFORT TO ESTABLISH STREET OUTREACH COURT DETROIT, AN INNOVATIVE COURT THAT VALUES PARTICIPANTS' EFFORTS TO ADDRESS THE ROOT CAUSES OF THEIR HOMELESSNESS.

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DETROIT D.O.D.

In 2016, Street Democracy launched a partnership with Volunteers of America Michigan to provide coordinated human and legal services to rapidly re-house homeless veteran families or, as we affectionately call this work, Defending Our Defenders.

“People always tell me, 'Thank you for your service,' but I want to thank you for your service.” - Wyatt S.

OUR ADVOCACY

evidence-based advocacy projects to acheive equitable access to the levers of government
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SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER

OUR CLIENTS MECCA, DENNIS, AND LESIA TESTIFIED AT THE MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT TO HELP END PAY-OR-STAY SENTENCING. LISTEN TO THE TESTIMONY THAT THE JUSTICES LEANED IN TO HEAR.

OUR CURRENT ADVOCACY PROJECTS

COURT RULE AMENDMENT

A proposal to require that all tenants in eviction cases be served with a locally-developed "Rights & Resources" page

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REHABILITATIVE SENTENCING

A pilot project in Hamtramck incorporating rehabilitative principles into alternative sentences

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COURT WATCH

A survey of Detroit-area district courts to identify potential procedural and sentencing irregularities

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OUR TEAM

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CHARLES D HOBBS
Senior Staff Attorney

Charles directs our legal services programs.  He spends his spare time representing K-12 kids at expulsion hearings or on his board.

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AMINA KIRK
Law Clerk

After a year as a housing advocate in South Africa, Amina came back to Michigan to head our Court Watch project.

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JAYESH PATEL
President & Director

Jayesh leads our advocacy projects, manages the team, and faces constant ridicule from his family and friends for his undying commitment to the uniform.

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SERVICE

Once a month we step out of our offices to help an ally advance their mission, allowing us to listen, learn, and realign with our own raison d'être, being true advocates.
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a 501(c)3 legal services nonprofit


440 Burroughs St #634
Detroit, MI 48202

(313) 355-4460 tel
(313) 347-9763 fax

info@streetdemocracy.org
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