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“I Didn’t Think I Was a Priority”: EBCLC Releases Findings on Vaccinations Among Women of Color Clients

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 |

The East Bay Community Law Center welcomes the news that vaccines are now available to all Californians 16 years and over. We are committed to ensuring that 100% of our clients have meaningful access to COVID19 vaccines and are able to make an informed choice about their healthcare. As indicated in our 2021 inauguration statement, EBCLC aims to uplift whole communities by centering women of color. Not only have we borne the brunt of the COVID19 crisis, but we have also been the lifeline of families, neighborhoods, and the entire country during this pandemic.   

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East Bay Community Law Center Endorses Student Demand for a Mandatory 1L Critical Race Theory Course at Berkeley Law

Thursday, April 8, 2021 |

Dear Berkeley Law Curriculum Committee:

Thank you for the invitation to provide comments on how Berkeley Law’s curriculum might “better explore the ways in which law and the legal profession shape and are shaped by race, racism, and other hierarchies of power.”(1) The East Bay Community Law Center supports the students’ call to Berkeley Law to institute a 1L critical race theory course requirement.

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EBCLC Reflects on Community Advocacy during COVID-19

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 |

  Cristiana Baik, Director of Development & Communications  “While onboarding and working remotely has brought on its own set of challenges, I don’t feel distant or removed from our work. If anything, I feel the sheer urgency and importance of the services we provide. For example, seeing the inequitable access to COVID-19 vaccines (with Black and Brown […]

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RELEASE: EAST BAY COMMUNITY LAW CENTER UNVEILS “KNOW JUSTICE, KNOW PEACE” MURAL IN SOUTH BERKELEY

Monday, March 29, 2021 | ,

“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.”  

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Trust Black Women? A Conversation on Black Woman-Centered Movement Lawyering a Year into COVID-19 Event Recording

Thursday, March 18, 2021 |

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, […]

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EBCLC’S Statement in Solidarity with Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities

Thursday, March 18, 2021 |

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 […]

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