Advocacy

Mazzoni Center is proud to be one of the organizations partnering with the Philadelphia Bar Association in forming Take Action Philly (TAP), a new initiative bringing together Philadelphia lawyers, government agencies, community organizations, and residents to work together to protect some of the city’s most vulnerable residents. The first event for this new initiative will be a convening to discuss Immigrant and Refugee Policy, including the recent executive order banning... More
On February 10, Mazzoni Center recognized and honored Mara Keisling , Founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality , at our eighth annual Justice in Action luncheon for her groundbreaking work on behalf of trans and nonbinary individuals within the LGBTQ community. Shortly before the event, we spoke with Keisling to learn more about her work... More
The Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill ealier today by a vote of 32-18 that would amend Pennsylvania’s current Abortion Control Act to change the current 24-week cutoff for abortions to 20 weeks except in cases of an extreme medical emergency. The bill would also make a safe, medically accepted technique called “dilation and evacuation” illegal, and would criminalize doctors for performing it. Opponents of the bill, including the Pennsylvania Medical Society , say the bill simply limits legal access to abortion. PA... More
This year, Mazzoni Center will recognize and honor Mara Keisling , Founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality , at the eighth annual Justice in Action luncheon for her groundbreaking work on behalf of trans and nonbinary individuals within the LGBTQ community. We spoke with Keisling to learn more about her work, how to get... More
In observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (Tuesday, February 7), our Prevention and Outreach team will offer free, rapid HIV testing and counseling on the main campus of Temple University in North Philadelphia. Look for our Mobile Testing Unit at 13th & Berks Streets (just outside the Paley library ) between the hours of 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. We'll be... More
In observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (Tuesday, February 7), our Prevention and Outreach team will offer free, rapid HIV testing and counseling on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania Law School (3501 Sansom Street). Look for our Mobile Testing Unit between the hours of 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. (Later in the afternoon, from 1 to 4 p.m., the MTU will head to North Philadelphia and the Temple University campus). More
Under a new federal administration in which LGBTQ and many other rights are called into question every day, it’s easy to feel helpless—like nothing you are capable of doing as an individual is enough to make a real impact. On the morning of Friday, February 10, though, legal professionals will have an opportunity to take a solid, substantial step toward action. Ahead of the eighth annual Justice in Action luncheon, the Mazzoni Center’s legal services department will offer a continuing legal education... More
In merely a few days following President Donald Trump’s inauguration, dramatic change has already swept Washington. The nation is currently seeing entire federal agencies muzzled , expired reproductive care legislation re-entering the fold ,... More
Justice. It’s a concept that’s been on many people’s minds lately, especially as we head into a political era in which the rights of many Americans are more uncertain than ever before. With many social institutions under impending threat of federal defunding or outright dismantling, it has now become imperative to fortify and protect our communities — with priority to those who are marginalized. As the only resource specifically tailored to offer free legal services to LGBTQ Pennsylvanians, especially those of lower incomes, ... More
The incoming Congress has made removing health care and health protections for millions of people one of its first priorities. More than 1​.1​ million people gained coverage in PA through the Affordable Care Act, including​ nearly​ 7​0​0,000 people that benefited from Medicaid Expansion. On Thursday, January 26th at 11 a.m., ​as Donald Trump and GOP leaders gather in Philadelphia, thousands will rally ​in a show of support for the ACA and protecting access to healthcare ​for all Americans at Thomas Paine Plaza just outside the Municipal Services Building (just across from the north side of... More