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Black History Month Rising

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 | ,

On the dawn of Black History Month, the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is reflecting on our legacy of providing Black-centered legal services. EBCLC has always aimed for Black liberation. This has been evident since our founding in 1988 when a group of Berkeley law students heard Ronald Reagan’s dog whistle and acted to […]

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Thank You, Osha Neumann, for 18 Years of Service to East Bay Community Law Center

Friday, January 21, 2022 | ,

With immense gratitude, the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) announces that attorney and homeless rights advocate Osha Neumann is retiring. Neumann has championed the decriminalization of poverty and led the law center’s Homelessness Practice for 18 years. Reflecting on his years of service at EBCLC, Neumann said, “I am proud of the practice that […]

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Community Health Day

Thursday, October 14, 2021 |

In partnership with the Alameda County Department of Public Health and Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, EBCLC will be hosting a Community Health Day on November 6, 2021.

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Criminal Fines and Fees ‘Ad Nauseam’ Help Fund California’s Justice System. A State Supreme Court Case May Lighten the Financial Load for Poor Defendants

Monday, April 5, 2021 |

It was 2018, and one of Asher Waite-Jones’ clients was making minimum wage working part-time in a warehouse when he was assessed about $2000 in fines and fees for a DUI conviction. To pay those, the client, a young man in his 20s, dropped out of school so he could pick up additional work hours. But not long afterward, he was laid off.

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RELEASE: EAST BAY COMMUNITY LAW CENTER UNVEILS “KNOW JUSTICE, KNOW PEACE” MURAL IN SOUTH BERKELEY

Monday, March 29, 2021 | ,

“It is EBCLC’s privilege and responsibility to center the dignity and power of Women of Color,” says EBCLC Executive Director, Zoë Polk. “Our vision, our leadership, our staff, and, now, our home represent this investment. I am particularly humbled to present this gift to the South Berkeley community. They have inspired our pursuit of justice and peace. Through this mural, I hope they recognize that their lives and their stories are bound up in EBCLC’s vision.”  

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