When the political discourse is shredded by an unreason and hatred so deep
that vulgar abuse seems normal, disaffection rules…
This is precisely the time when artists go to work.
There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity,
no need for silence, no room for fear.
We speak, we write, we do language.
That is how civilizations heal.
I know the world is bruised and bleeding,
and though it is important not to ignore its pain,
it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence.
Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge—
even wisdom. Like art.
Your unwavering support hoists us up to use the law as a kind of art.
Thank you for continuing to build a just and hopeful community with us. We are proud and grateful to share our collective achievements in our 2019 Annual Report.
The Stories of EBCLC
From powerful client testimonials to sweeping policy victories, 2019 was rich with stories that represented our shared commitment to equitable change. As we take a look back at a year of fierce advocacy and stride towards to a new chapter in EBCLC’s story, these are the narratives that give us inspiration and resolve:
Fighting to Care: One Clean Slate Client’s Battle to Practice Emergency Medicine
School-Based Immigration Project Meets Families Where Community Already Thrives
Announcing A Tale of Two Tickets with Robert Reich and W. Kamau Bell, Debt Free Justice California’s New Video
“Everything came to the surface”: An Immigration Client’s Determined Journey
Health & Welfare Advocate Daniel Faessler Honored with 2019 Kathi Pugh Award
EBCLC Celebrates Our 2019 Graduates
Social Work Program Deepens Impact Through Wrap-Around Care: A Student’s Story
Remembering Our Beloved Alum with the Brian Lewinstein Youth Justice Fellowship
“Community college was the missing piece”: Scaling our Immigration Model from Kindergarten to College
“The Food Justice Project fills in that gap in the system”: Law Student Clinic Provides Nutrition Benefits to Peers
Governor Newsom Signs Bill Preventing Homelessness, Protecting Low-Income Debtors
Student Spotlight: Community Economic Justice Student Zeke Wald on his Social Justice Legacy
EBCLC in the News
We’re thankful to the journalists, researchers, and storytellers who helped us achieve greater impact this year. Here are just a few highlights from EBCLC’s 2019 media coverage:
I Served My Prison Time. Why Do I Still Have to Pay? New York Times: April 30, 2019, Courtney E. Martin.
California Is Considering Ending Criminal Court Fees and Wiping Out Billions in Debt. Mother Jones: June 17, 2019, Jacob Rosenberg.
Defender of the homeless remains committed, and angry. San Francisco Chronicle: July 9, 2019, Rick Paulas.
Scholarship and Research
In addition to serving as the “teaching clinic” for Berkeley Law, EBCLC fulfills its educational mission by advancing groundbreaking scholarship. Our expert advocates and law students published these works in 2019:
Report: Towed Into Debt: How Towing Practices in California Punish Poor People. Miguel Soto, Consumer Justice Clinic supervising attorney, contributing author.
Report: Rooted in Home: Community-Based Alternatives to the Bay Area Housing Crisis. Seema Rupani, Community Economic Justice Clinic supervising attorney, and Fernando Echeverria, Community Economic Justice Clinic project manager, contributing authors.
Article: (Color)Blind Reform: How Ability-to-Pay Determinations are Inadequate to Transform a Racialized System of Penal Debt. N.Y.U. Review of Law & Social Change. Vol 43:177. Theresa Zhen, author.
Video: EBCLC’s Sharon Djemal on Student Loan Debt Relief as Racial Justice
Video: EBCLC’s Theo Cuison on Lifting Up Immigrant Community Members from Kindergarten to College
Video: EBCLC’s Theresa Zhen on Coalition Lawyering for Community Change