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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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 […]
The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) mourns the passing of Supervisor Wilma Chan. Our thoughts and our prayers are with her family, her staff, and all the community members who cherished her leadership.
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.
The Alameda County Department of Public Health, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, and EBCLC will be partnering to provide free in-person legal services as well as COVID-19 vaccines and information on available COVID-19 vaccines.
AB 1405 (Wicks) will help millions of low– income Californians retain their income during this critical time.
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
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.
The EBCLC writes that the mural, titled Know Justice, Know Peace—Our Vision for Community Health, “honors the lives, strength, and stories of women of color, and commemorates the power and vibrancy of EBCLC’s historically Black South Berkeley neighborhood.”
“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.”
Any changes to zoning plans should prioritize the creation of units for low-income and very low-income people, said Jay Kim, co-deputy director at East Bay Community Law Center. Kim encouraged Berkeley to involve community land trusts to preserve affordable homes.