In the News

As Eviction Cliff Looms, Calls to Cancel Rent Grow

Monday, July 27, 2020 |

Varying degrees of protection exist throughout California, depending on the jurisdiction. “There’s very, very little that’s been done on a statewide level,” said Marc Janowitz, a staff attorney with the East Bay Community Law Center. “Counties have responded in a much better way, and cities in a much better way.”

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Foundation Puts $12.5 Million Up to End Black Youth Criminalization in Oakland

Thursday, July 2, 2020 |

The 11 grant partners are: Black Organizing Project, Urban Peace Movement, Young Women’s Freedom Center, East Bay Community Law Center, Youth Law Center, Dignity in Schools Campaign California, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice, Justice Reinvestment Coalition, Flourish Agenda, Burns Institute and Forward Change.

The money is intended to help these grantees, led by people of color, keep working to cultivate the power of youth and families who have been “criminalized by the education and juvenile justice systems” — and to hold public officials to account.

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10,000 tell Newsom to release prisoners to halt COVID-19 disaster

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 |

“Since Friday, more than 10,000 people have signed a petition asking Gov. Gavin Newsom to release prisoners to stop the COVID-19 infections racing through San Quentin and other state prisons…. Other signers include the American Civil Liberties Union, the California Public Defenders Association, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, East Bay Community Law Center…”

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The Supreme Court’s DACA Decision and EBCLC’s Commitment to Our Undocumented Community Members

Thursday, June 18, 2020 | ,

Today, we share in the community’s celebration upon hearing the U.S. Supreme Court’s momentous ruling that the Trump administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was unlawful. The decision, which stems from a legal challenge filed by the Regents of the University of California, the state Attorney General, and others, means that DACA will remain in effect for now…

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DACA ruling ‘a huge victory,’ but Dreamers at Berkeley see an uncertain future

Thursday, June 18, 2020 |

Chang is just one advocate in a Berkeley community that has played a robust role in defending DACA and supporting “Dreamers.” He works with Berkeley Law’s East Bay Dreamers Project, a partnership between law students and the East Bay Community Law Center. Berkeley Law’s Pro Bono Program has provided extensive support to DACA recipients, helping some to renew their applications ahead of the court’s decision.

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CRISES Act Would Allow Community Organizations To Respond To Mental Crises And Other Emergencies

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 |

Under AB 2054, an 11-member advisory committee, selected by Governor Gavin Newsom, the Chair of the Senate Rules Committee, and the Speaker of the Assembly would first develop criteria for grant applications, then review resulting proposals and determine which organizations will take on the responsibility of emergency response. (To be eligible, organizations must already be operating in at least 10 counties.)

The advisory committee would then be responsible for overseeing the grants and making recommendations to the Office of Emergency Services about implementation.

The bill is sponsored and supported by dozens of organizations, including the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, the ACLU of California, Youth Justice Coalition, PolicyLink, and East Bay Community Law Center.

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