upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2019

upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2019

Rasheedah Phillips, Esq.

Attorney, Community Legal Services

Rasheedah phillips

Rasheedah Phillips, Esq. serves as the Managing Attorney of the Housing Unit at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, representing low-income tenants in eviction defense and systemic advocacy on preservation of affordable housing and tenants’ rights issues.  She began her career at CLS in 2008 as a Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow in the Community Economic Development Unit, providing legal advice, representation, and resources to low-income child care businesses and non-profit, community organizations. As a staff attorney, she also worked in the Consumer Housing unit at CLS for two years, representing low-income homeowners at risk of foreclosure.   A recipient of the 2013 Next Generation of Women Leaders: Rising Stars award, the 2017 National Housing Law Project Housing Justice Award, 2018 Temple University Black Law Student Association Alumni Award, 2018 Community Legal Services Equal Justice Award, and recognized as a 2017 City & State PA 40 under 40 Rising Star, Rasheedah received her J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Temple University in 2005. In 2011, Rasheedah founded The AfroFuturist Affair, a grassroots organization formed to celebrate and spread awareness of afrofuturism in marginalized communities.  She is also the co-creator of Black Quantum Futurism Collective, the award-winning Community Futures Lab, a founding member of Metropolarity Queer Sci-Fi Collective, and is a self-published sci-fi author.  As part of her socially engaged art practice, she has been a recipient of the 2017 Pew Fellowship, 2017 Center for Emerging Visual Arts Fellowship, 2016 West Philadelphia Time Exchange Residency, and is a 2018 Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity.

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