Jill Reese

jillJill is the Associate Director of the Alliance for a Just Society. Jill joined the Alliance staff team in April 2003 after working three years with the Alliance’s affiliate, Idaho Community Action Network, where she was part of the team that successfully fought for the state’s landmark farmworker wage protection laws. As director of the Alliance’s Health Rights Organizing Project, a coalition of 35 organizations in 23 states, she played a leadership role in the field campaign that pushed the Affordable Care Act to victory, and helped ensure that the historic law included provisions to address racial disparities in health. She currently oversees the Alliance’s policy department and is instrumental in developing the leadership, skills and political analysis of affiliate staff and leaders. Jill has a degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Texas. jill@allianceforajustsociety.org

Community Organizing Groups Applaud FHFA Principal Reduction Policy

For Immediate Release April 15, 2016 Kathy Mulady, kathy@allianceforajustsociety.org 206-992-8787 Jacob Swenson-Lengyel, jacob@npa-us.org  312-316-3973 Community Organizing Groups Applaud FHFA Principal Reduction Policy Yesterday, the Fair Housing Finance Agency announced a principal reduction modification program that will help up to 33,000 borrowers. In response, Alliance for a Just Society and National People’s Action released the following […]

New Report: Disenfranchised by Debt

For Immediate Release March 8, 2016 Contact: Kathy Mulady Communications Director (206) 992-8787 kathy@allianceforajustsociety.org Washington D.C. – Poverty isn’t supposed to be a barrier to voting in the United States, at least according to the Constitution. Yet, more than 50 years after poll taxes were prohibited by the Voting Rights Act of 1965, people with […]

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Disenfranchised by Debt

Washington D.C. – Poverty isn’t supposed to be a barrier to voting in the United States, at least according to the Constitution. Yet, more than 50 years after poll taxes were prohibited by the Voting Rights Act of 1965, people with criminal convictions in at least 30 states are still being barred from voting even […]


REPORT: Debt Collectors Profit From Aggressive Tactics

For Immediate Release January 26, 2016 Contact: Kathy Mulady, (206) 992-8787 kathy@allianceforajustsociety.org REPORT PROFILES COMPANIES WITH THE MOST COMPLAINTS ABOUT ABUSIVE AND DECEPTIVE DEBT COLLECTION TACTICS Consumer Financial Protection Bureau should write strong rules to protect consumers from abusive collection practices SEATTLE – Companies engaging in debt collection activities use abusive and deceptive practices that include […]

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It’s a Matter of Life and Death: Insurers Must Cover Language Services

A 14-year-old girl accompanies her Somali-speaking father to his medical appointment. Because the clinic doesn’t provide an interpreter, the girl has to inform her own father than he has been diagnosed with cancer. She remains his interpreter through eight years of treatment, sometimes hiding information to protect him from the bad news. A group of […]

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Healthy School Lunches Lay the Foundation for Better Learning

What’s on your child’s school lunch tray today? Parents nationwide believe it’s important for schools to serve nutritious food and healthy meals to students. A new national survey by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation  shows that people in the United States overwhelmingly support current efforts to keep school meals healthy. The survey results come just as […]


Voting Rights Restored

John Mahan never worried about voting, it didn’t seem important. He was young and he figured he had many years ahead of him to vote for politicians, and laws didn’t really seem to personally affect him anyway. Then, in 1986, the young Virginia man was arrested and convicted of a felony. Mahan was finally released […]

Alliance For a Just Society Map of Affiliates 2015

  Washington         California     Connecticut     Florida     Idaho     Illinois     Iowa     Louisiana   Maine     Massachusetts     Michigan     Montana     New Jersey     New York    Ohio     Oregon   Pennsylvania     Texas     Vermont     Virginia       … and Washington D.C.

Progressive Leaders Unveil Shared Populist Agenda

MEDIA ADVISORY CONTACTS:    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jacob Swenson-Lengyel (jacob@npa-us.org), 312-316-3973 PROGRESSIVE LEADERS UNVEIL SHARED POPULIST AGENDA Populism2015 Conference Will Bring 1,000 People From Across the Country Together in Washington, D.C. this Weekend Washington, D.C. – Progressive leaders today unveiled a new shared populist agenda on a media conference call in advance of the Populism2015 conference. […]


Families Out of Balance: Living Wages Move Families from Survive to Thrive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 26, 2014 Contact: Kathy Mulady (206) 992-8787 kathy@allianceforajustsociety.org   Read the Families Out of Balance report here. Low-income families are already struggling to meet basic needs. Factor in suffocating household debt, and it is clear that families not making a living wage have little chance of building for the future. As […]

Leaders, Businesses in Washington, Oregon and Idaho Calling for Immigration Reform Now

For Immediate Release, July 3, 2014 Leaders and organizations representing businesses and communities throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho are powerfully combining their voices, calling on elected officials in the U.S. Congress to take action now on immigration reform. While recognizing that passing immigration reform this year is challenging, they also understand the dire economic consequences […]


Reversing the Trend: A Longitudinal Study of Living Wage and Minimum Wage

A new report, “Reversing the Trend” by the Alliance for a Just Society, finds that Mayor Ed Murray’s minimum wage proposal reverses a minimum wage trend that is increasingly unable to meet the basic living needs of workers. Seattle’s proposed $15 minimum wage would be the highest in the country. Analyzing more than a decade […]

Consent to Search: Beyond Cell Blocks Webinar Series Continues

In 2010, after a lengthy fight, Colorado passed a state law that required police officers to inform people of their constitutional right to refuse a search of their person and/or property. The goal of the law was to reduce traffic stops, searches and intimidation stemming from from discrimination. Law enforcement officers at the time said […]

ACA Enrollment Figures Show More Focus Needed On Latino Communities

HHS must do more to close the Latino coverage gap; state officials who’ve resisted ACA implementation bear responsibility for making it worse. For Immediate Release: Friday, May 2, 2014 Contact: Kathy Mulady, Communications Director, kathy@allianceforajustsociety.org, (206) 992-8787 Seattle, WA – The Alliance for a Just Society released the following statement from executive director LeeAnn Hall […]

Seattle’s $15 Wage Plan to Boost Families and Businesses

The day after Republicans in the U.S. Senate blocked a modest minimum wage increase to $10.10, Seattle small business owners with the Main Street Alliance proclaimed their support for a city level $15 minimum wage. “It is smart and responsible to raise the minimum wage, boost our local economy, and support small business success at […]

Will Health Coverage Translate into Receiving Health Care?

LeeAnn Hall, executive director of Alliance for a Just Society, published this article originally in Huffington Post. More than 7.5 million people have signed up for new health coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s state and federal health insurance marketplaces at the close of the first enrollment period. The Department of Health and Human Services […]

Tax Day Means Tax Refunds for the Country’s Powerful Corporations

You pay your taxes today – April 15 – and every day, when you shop and buy products for your home or business. The nation’s most profitable corporations, on the other had, aren’t just avoiding taxes – but actually getting refunds. General Electric is especially imaginative it seems, when finding ways to short-circuit their tax-paying […]

National Organizer Position Available

Job Title: National Organizer –  Alliance for a Just Society The role of the National Organizer is to work with our affiliates, partners and national allies to build robust local, state and national campaigns that advance economic, social and racial justice. The National Organizer will be a critical part of the Alliance team, developing and […]

Anti-Minimum Wage Restaurant Association Serving Up Powerful Lobbyists

The National Restaurant Association is a lobbying powerhouse in Washington, D.C. and a leading opponent of efforts to raise the minimum wage. A new analysis by the Alliance for a Just Society and Restaurant Opportunities Centers United uncovers the “secret sauce” behind the NRA’s success: a heaping helping of insider influence. In The Hill this […]

Polling Places on Reservations Would Protect Native’s Right to Vote

None of us can afford to take the right to vote for granted – as Native Americans living on reservations in Montana can confirm. On the Fort Belknap, Northern Cheyenne, and Crow reservations, Native Americans who want to vote, or even register to vote, have to travel as much as 180 miles over rough, rural […]

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Expanding Health Care Coverage With Federal Funds In Idaho Will Create Economy-Boosting Jobs

If Idaho accepts federal funds to expand Medicaid coverage, an estimated 88,000 state residents will gain health insurance.  In addition, accepting the federal funding will also create jobs  more than 16,000 jobs and boost the Idaho economy, according to a new report by the Alliance for a Just Society. The report was released today by […]


Expanding Health Coverage in Maine with Federal Funds Will Boost the Economy

Expanding health coverage with federal funds will create economy-boosting jobs in states that most need them, according to a new report by the Alliance for a Just Society. The report comes as state legislators debate adopting the Medicaid expansion authorized by the Affordable Care Act. “This report shows that Medicaid expansion will not only expand […]

State of the Union Has the Right Themes, Action Must Follow

President Barack Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union address Tuesday night: low-key compared to other addresses, determined and occasionally defiant. He touched on many of the priorities being worked on by the Alliance for a Just Society this year, including mentioning that nine million Americans have signed up for private health insurance or […]

2013 Reports

2013 Reports America’s Changing Economy 2013 Wage and Job Gap Study http://thejobgap.org/national-report/ Reports by state: Connecticut, Florida,  Idaho,  Maine, Montana,  Nevada,  New York City, Oregon, Virginia, Washington     Communities Under Attack: Pushing Back Against the Criminalization of Everyday Life. Alliance.for_.a.Just_.Society_Pushing-Back_FINAL.pdf         Wasted Wealth – Racial Inequity in the Foreclosure Crisis   […]

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New York Must Do More to Address Health Disparities

Building on New York State’s success in enrolling nearly a million New Yorkers in health insurance, a new report makes recommendations on how to continue improving health care by aggressively addressing health disparities in the coming years. New York State of Health, the new health insurance marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is […]

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Pushing Back Against the Criminalization of Everyday Life.

In the past four decades, mass incarceration and immigration control in the United States has skyrocketed. Today, the U.S. incarcerates more of its population than any other country in the world – at rates unmatched in modern history. More than seven million people are under control of the criminal justice system. The U.S. has less […]