Bay Area Legal Aid files suit against junk debt buyer for fraudulent collection practices

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March 16, 2022 For Immediate Release Bay Area Legal Aid files suit against junk debt buyer for fraudulent collection practices. Press Contacts: Noah Zinner, Regional Managing Attorney, Bay Area Legal Aid, (510) 250-5266, nzinner@baylegal.org Kai Haswell, Senior Attorney, Bay Area Legal Aid, (510) 250-5205, khaswell@baylegal.org Oakland, CA- Today, Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) filed a …

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Ramadan Mubarak to all!

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Saturday April 2, 2022 marked the beginning of Ramadan. Ramadan is the ninth month, the sacred month for Muslims, of the Islamic calendar. Ramadan is characterized as a month of self-reflection, increased spirituality and focus on attending to one’s relationship with God through prayer and reading the Qur’an, increased attention to generosity and charity, and …

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BayLegal’s Observance of Cesar Chavez Day 2022

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"History will judge societies and governments—and their institutions—not by how big they are or how well they serve the rich and the powerful, but by how effectively they respond to the needs of the poor and the helpless." – César Chávez
In keeping with both our longstanding policy and our commitment to celebrate and support the self-determination struggles of Black and Brown communities, workers, poor people and those excluded from institutional power, BayLegal offices and phone lines will be closed tomorrow, March 31, in observance of Cesar Chavez Day. During the day of observance, BayLegal would …

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Apply to the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Program before March 31st, 2022!

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The last day to apply to the California COVID-19 Rent Relief Program is March 31, 2022. Apply now! What tenants should know about the rent relief program: If you experienced financial hardship during the pandemic and have unpaid rent, you can apply at housingiskey.com to get up to 18 months of free rent and utilities …

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As Black History Month ends, and Women’s History Month begins, BayLegal congratulates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on her nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court

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Last week the White House announced that President Joe Biden has selected Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, currently serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, as his nominee for the United States Supreme Court seat being vacated by the retirement of Justice Stephen Breyer. If confirmed, Judge Jackson will become the …

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BayLegal Remembers Robert Planthold

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Bay Area Legal Aid joins with friends, colleagues, and allies in the access to justice, disability, and tenant rights communities in our shared grief for the loss of our dear friend and long-serving member of our Board of Directors, Robert “Bob” Planthold who passed away unexpectedly on January 27th. BayLegal’s Board Chair Rob Goodin spoke …

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BayLegal Joins Lawsuit to Stop Exorbitant Late Fees Used to Fund Court Systems in San Mateo County

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Today, the ACLU Foundation of Northern California, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, Bay Area Legal Aid, and Fenwick & West LLP filed a lawsuit challenging San Mateo County Superior Court’s unlawful practice of automatically imposing a $300 charge every time an individual misses a payment or court deadline in their traffic …

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Observing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Bay Area Legal Aid’s offices and phone lines are closed today in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. As a reminder of what Dr. King’s work continues to demand of all who struggle for justice, we share this message from BayLegal’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager, Mynesha Whyte:   On the 3rd Monday …

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BayLegal Statement on the Verdict in the Rittenhouse Trial

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Today’s verdict in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse repeats a far too familiar pattern in which paramilitary violence directed against Black people struggling for liberation and their allies operates with state sanction. At Bay Area Legal Aid, we stand in the firm conviction that regardless of the outcome of this case, non-state racial terror cannot …

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Napa County Women Lawyers (NCWL) launches 2021 fundraiser for Bay Area Legal Aid

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BayLegal’s gratitude goes out to Napa County Women Lawyers (NCWL), who today launched an online fundraising page in support of Bay Area Legal Aid. For many years NCWL and its members have provided community partnership, volunteer support, advocacy, and fundraising support for legal services in Napa County, first in partnership with Legal Aid of Napa …

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Join BayLegal at Clean Slate Day in Richmond: Saturday, November 6th, 2021 from 10am – 3pm

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BayLegal attorneys will be participating in Clean Slate Day on November 6th, 2021 from 10am – 3pm. This event organized by the Contra Costa Public Defender’s Office and hosted by the Reentry Success Center is designed to help individuals with juvenile or adult criminal records (including misdemeanor and felony convictions) in Contra Costa County. There …

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Congratulations to BayLegal DEI Manager Mynesha Whyte!

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BayLegal is happy to share the exciting news that DEI Manager Mynesha Whyte has received the “Leader of Tomorrow” award from the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA). This very special honor recognizes Mynesha’s depth of commitment and intention within a dance therapy approach characterized by trauma-informed practices and used as a healing resource for anti-racist …

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