Policy Initiatives

In addition to providing direct services to Alameda County residents and clinical legal education to students at Berkeley Law and beyond, EBCLC advances justice through systems-change work. We establish our policy priorities based on the issues that arise in our service provision, and we build solutions in collaboration with the community members we serve. 

EBCLC is proud to work in close partnership with activists, community organizations, government agencies, philanthropic leaders, and the world-class social scientists and researchers at UC Berkeley to advance racial equity through policy changes. We also engage our emerging advocates—law and social work students—in doing this critical work, as a means of training them to be effective system-changers.

Learn more about our current projects here:

Decriminalizing Poverty and Addressing the Racial Wealth Gap

Targeting the Legacy of Redlining and Divestment from Communities of Color

Expanding Economic Opportunities for All Californians

Protecting the Rights of Young Students of Color

Centering Health, Dignity, and Wellness

EBCLC’s Systems-Change Work In The News…

Transcript: School’s East Bay Community Law Center Helps Advocate for Cutting Ties With Oakland School Police

CalMatters: State lifts suspensions of half a million driver’s licenses

Berkeleyside: Opinion: Turning crisis into opportunity: Why Berkeley needs TOPA now.

KQED: How One California City Is Working to Stop Homelessness – Before It Happens

1,315 Unhoused Community Members Have Officially Submitted 1,529 Claims for Compensation of Illegal Sweeps


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