“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.”
Photos by Bethanie Hines Photography Artwork by AnaVictoria Avila
Trust Black Women? A Conversation on Black Woman-Centered Movement Lawyering a Year into COVID-19 Event Recording
On Tuesday, March 16, 2020, East Bay Community Law Center Executive Director, Zoë Polk, and fellow Berkeley Law Executive Directors and friends Rachel Johnson-Farias, Esq., Executive Director of the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice, and Savala Nolan Trepczynski, Executive Director of the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice and Lecturer at Berkeley Law, […]
The East Bay Community Law Center has deep respect for the history, culture, and lives of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. We know that the contributions of our Asian American staff, clients, students, Board members, alumni and community members are fundamental to our pursuit of justice. Thus, we feel enormous grief and outrage for the loss of life in Atlanta and the on-going hate violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Much of […]
Dear Friends, As we transition from Black History Month to Women’s History Month, EBCLC offers Black Women’s History Week as an opportunity to honor the lives, strengths and stories of Black women. We celebrate our clients, board members, attorneys, legal workers and students whose courage is evident in our community victories. I hope you’ll join […]
As the largest free legal service provider and legal clinic to Black and Brown communities in the East Bay, The East Bay Community Law Center is committed to uplifting the special contributions of those who have led us in grassroots mobilization, social justice movements and politics. Black women have always been the center of racial […]
Today, we celebrate the start of EBCLC’s Inaugural Black Women’s History Week. Falling at the intersection of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, this week celebrates the lives, strength, and stories of all Black women, and specifically lifts up the contributions of those who have done so much for EBCLC. We pledge to put our gratitude into action every day through our stalwart commitment to impacting lasting change.
On behalf of all of us at the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC), we honor and celebrate the life of Gregory Li. Greg was a deeply passionate, engaged, and committed law student intern who worked with EBCLC’s Immigration Clinic during the summer after his first year in law school.
As a woman of color-led and centered organization, EBCLC is and will be pursuing, with unapologetic clarity and focus, our Women of Color-Centered Platform. “When we invest in the vision, strategies, and solutions of women of color, we center dignity, uplift families, and advance systems-change work that transforms communities. These impacts are clearly reflected […]
The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) celebrates today’s inauguration, and perhaps more importantly the end of the previous administration. We must also acknowledge that calls for unity and healing are both superficial and deadly for our communities and the clients we represent. In the wake of the violent, attempted coup at the Capitol, and in the wreckage of all we have endured and lost during the last four years, we must all center anti-racism in our practice. We must hold each other accountable and recognize that whitelash is deeply entrenched in our country’s history. Our commitment to a world in which race does not matter requires daily work.