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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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EBCLC’s Clean Slate Program Coordinator, Juan M. Cabrales, will be joining Berkeley Law’s Class of 2023

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 | ,

It is with great joy that we share with you all today that our Clean Slate Program Coordinator Juan M. Cabrales will be joining Berkeley Law’s Class of 2023 and was awarded the Berkeley Law Opportunity Scholarship covering all tuition expenses!

Juan, a San Diego native, brought his immigration expertise to EBCLC in 2018 as the first Clean Slate Program Coordinator dedicated to “Crimmigration” work. EBCLC is currently one of the only legal service providers in Alameda County that offers crimmigration services at no cost to predominantly low-income people of color. Juan is the son of Mexican immigrants and a first-generation college – and now law school – student. He knows first-hand the impacts over-policing has had on immigrant communities and the vital need to remedy both the broken immigration and criminal justice systems. We interviewed Juan to get an insight into the important work he has done at EBCLC, his journey to Berkeley Law, and the crucial need for reentry advocacy for immigrants during COVID-19.

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Star Power: Berkeley Law Honors Four Pro Bono and Public Service Standouts

Thursday, May 14, 2020 |

Soto received a whopping eight nomination letters for the Swift Award, including one signed by 38 students and recent graduates. The supervising attorney of EBCLC’s Consumer Justice Clinic, he is widely hailed as a dedicated mentor who deftly trains students in litigation and legislative advocacy. Soto recently created a new teaching model and small claims case training manual for the student-led Consumer Rights Workshop to make them more accessible for 1Ls.

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EBCLC Staff Attorney, Oscar Lopez joins Drug Policy Alliance’s First of All: Advocating for Change Webinar.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 |

Oscar Lopez, Staff Attorney/Clinical Supervisor in EBCLC’s Education Advocacy Clinic sits down with Sasha Simon, Safety First Senior Program Manager at the Drug Policy Alliance, and Claudia-Santi F. Fernandes, Associate Director of the play2PREVENT Lab at the Yale Center for Health & Learning Games, to discuss how we can be advocates for change within our schools systems during COVID 19.

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School Discipline in the Era of COVID-19

Thursday, May 7, 2020 |

Jason is a 12-year-old Black student who has a learning disability in addition to generalized anxiety disorder and depression. For years, his mother, Jennifer, who is herself an educator, pleaded with Jason’s school district to provide him with therapeutic counseling, but the district repeatedly denied her request.

This year, in the continued absence of any meaningful support, Jason’s social-emotional needs escalated; as a result, he was involved in multiple physical conflicts with peers. However, rather than finally acknowledging that Jason needed more support and amending his Individualized Education Program (IEP), Jason’s school instead recommended him for expulsion. His mom called the East Bay Community Law Center, which immediately requested a copy of Jason’s school records. But then schools shut down due to COVID-19.

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Your credit card debt shouldn’t cost you your home

Thursday, May 7, 2020 |

A study of forced home sales by the East Bay Community Law Center revealed a stark pattern of small, zombie debts brought to life by debt purchasers and inflated by years of interest and fees; lack of adequate notice; mistaken identity; and disproportionate harm to low-income communities of color. It also chronicled the courage of Californians like Ingrid, who fought her mother Laura’s case after she suffered a stroke, and Julio, an immigrant driver who battled for three years to defeat a mistaken claim based on medical debt.

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