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EBCLC’s Immigrant Stories: Call to Action

Thursday, February 9, 2017 |

The recent immigration ban is not, and never was, about only immigration.  It’s about consolidating power, silencing dissent, and denying equitable access to resources.

At EBCLC, we want to take a moment to recognize our collective story, and the paths that led us here.

We started a social media campaign to share our own immigrant stories, knowing that this is about more than immigration.

We do this to celebrate our inclusive society, and we invite you to join us.
#whateverhashtagwedecidetouse

Join the narrative by sharing your own #immigrantstory

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Viewpoint: Judicial Council’s Wrong-Headed Approach to Driver’s License Suspensions

Friday, January 13, 2017 |

The governor’s proposed budget states in part: “there does not appear to be a strong connection between suspending someone’s driver’s license and collecting their fine or penalty. Often, the primary consequence of a driver’s license suspension is the inability to legally drive to work or take one’s children to school. Therefore, the budget proposes to eliminate the statutory provisions related to suspending driver’s licenses for failure to pay fines and penalties.”

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Oakland tenants live with uncertainty in tight market

Saturday, January 7, 2017 |

Blocks away from the fire-gutted Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland sits a tiny, two-bedroom in-law unit with mildewed walls and no heat, perched atop a rickety garage. Water pools beneath chipped bathroom tiles, and mold forms spiderweb patterns amid the dog posters and Baby-Sitters Club books in an otherwise tidy girl’s bedroom.

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The Long-Term Costs of Fining Juvenile Offenders

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 |

In Alameda County, California, which includes Oakland, for instance, the board of supervisors recently unanimously voted to put a moratorium on all fees for probation and incarceration of juvenile offenders. Previously, juveniles were charged “$25.29 for each night in Juvenile Hall, $15.00 per day for electronic ankle monitoring, $90 a month for probation supervision, a $250 probation investigation fee, and a $300 public defender fee,” according to the East Bay Community Law Center.

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Are the Berkeley raids going to stop?

Friday, December 16, 2016 |

“Are the raids going to stop? That’s a simple yes or no answer!”

That’s the question one of the after-Council speakers posed on Tuesday night (or technically Wednesday morning) after a somewhat, no, very chaotic discussion of what needs to be done for Berkeley’s large and increasing population of homeless residents.

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