We strive to build a community in which all young people can enjoy safe childhoods and a quality school experience. Working in partnership with community organizers and legal advocates, EBCLC has campaigned to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline in Oakland, Berkeley, and throughout Alameda County, and engaged in coalition work to address racial inequities in school discipline and policing at the statewide level.
Our 2017 whitepaper sparked a national conversation around the adverse impacts of electronic monitoring of youth on probation, and in 2019, we hosted the first-ever national convening on the GPS Monitoring of Youth in Juvenile Court. We partner actively with public defenders, parents, and most importantly, youth themselves, who help us to advance compassionate, age-appropriate reforms to the juvenile justice system and defend the constitutional rights of all youth to a quality public education.
- AB-901: Stop criminalizing adolescent behavior through “voluntary probation”
- Fighting for the release of incarcerated youth and investment in community resources through the Free Our Kids Coalition, including pushing for the redistribution of Camp Sweeney’s resources
- AB-2054 (C.R.I.S.E.S. Act): Establishing responses to mental health crises that do not involve police
- Eliminating police presence in schools through the Dignity in Schools Campaign – California
- In re. Ricardo P: Safeguarding the privacy rights of young people in juvenile court
- Providing technical legal support to Black Organizing Project in their successful campaign to eliminate the Oakland School Police Department
- Reforming Berkeley Unified School District’s discipline policy
- SB-419: Stopping discriminatory suspensions on the basis of “willful defiance”
- SB-190: Ending the assessment of juvenile justice system fees in California
- Ending Alameda County’s assessment and collection of juvenile justice system fees
For more information, contact Co-Deputy Director Rosa Bay, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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