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Remembering Charlotte E. Ray

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As we mark the close of Black History Month this year, we share with our readers this timely reminder that for our clients, but also for the practitioners within our field, the history of intersectional discrimination is both long and unfinished, as is the story of the many struggles against it. Charlotte E. Ray was …

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Racial Injustice and Our Work

Categories: 20th Anniversary, eNewsletter Story, Homepage, News
Through our partnerships, individual legal representation, impact litigation, and policy advocacy, we work to break down the barriers that prevent members of our communities from accessing basic necessities of life—healthcare, housing, food, employment—in order to increase their opportunities to lead safe and stable lives. Looming large over our work is the knowledge that many of …

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Three Questions for the Mosaic Collaborative

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2020 marks an important year for our commitment to our client communities. This month, we kick off our collective discussions about the link between racism and antipoverty practice, and how we can better partner with our clients to combat racism and truly effectuate social justice. We are excited for the work to come, and for …

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Announcing BayLegal’s 20th Anniversary Storytelling Project!

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Genevieve Richardson, Executive Director
Dear friend of Bay Area Legal Aid, 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal): twenty years as the largest regional civil legal services firm serving low-income individuals and families in the San Francisco Bay Area; twenty years of building upon the hallowed words and actions of our founders, and our anti-poverty …

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Call for Participation: February 2020

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This Black History Month, it is more important than ever to examine the intersection of racial injustice with our work. We will be dedicating the entirety of the February newsletter to exploring the history and continued commitment to racial equity and addressing the inextricable link between poverty and racism. We’d love to hear from everyone …

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Farewell and Best Wishes to Jim Sandman

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On January 21, 2020, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced that Jim Sandman would be stepping down after serving as LSC president for over nine years. BayLegal sends its gratitude to Jim for his steadfast leadership, which has ensured the continuation of our work—and the work of our sister legal aid agencies—in our low-income communities. We are …

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FREE Name and Gender Marker Change Legal Clinic, January 26th in San Jose

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Sunday, January 26, 2-6 p.m. at Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center 936 The Alameda, San Jose, CA, 95126 Would you like FREE help completing your documents to change your name and/or gender marker?   Sign up for our legal clinic to get legal support from caring lawyers! Support includes education and help with completing court …

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Spotlight on Advocacy Partnerships: Johnnie & Andrea

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BayLegal client Johnnie B. (center) with attorney Andrea Crider and volunteer paralegal Joe Montanaz at a housewarming party in Johnnie’s new home. Johnnie B. finally has a home of his own. It isn’t just another apartment, with a new lease, and a new landlord. It’s his first home after ten years of living without a …

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Ninth Circuit ruling stands: cities cannot criminalize sleeping outdoors

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A story in yesterday’s Guardian details the refusal by the United States Supreme Court to hear an appeal of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling in Martin v City of Boise. The Martin decision held that laws criminalizing “camping” constituted cruel and unusual punishment on the part of cities that did not provide enough shelter …

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Advocating for safe, habitable public housing in Richmond

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A story posted at Richmond Confidential yesterday by Mariam Zagub shines a light on the often severe barriers to safe, habitable housing that low-income tenants with disabilities can face. The story focuses on BayLegal client Michael Lewis and his attorney Henrissa Bassey, and details Mr. Lewis’ struggles with a lack of disabled access and other …

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“All I Needed to Do Was Tell My Story”: A Survivor’s Perspective

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Anna works as a full-time medical assistant, and she is a single mother to a three-year-old daughter. She explained with a laugh that those details alone describe her life at present: “There’s no time for anything!” Anna generously took time out of her lunch break to share her experience seeking legal representation for protection against …

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BayLegal’s Services Recognized Alongside Community Partners at OneJustice Fundraising Event

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Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in OneJustice’s last fundraising event, “Together for Justice,” which raised vital funding for legal aid organizations providing critically needed immigration legal services in Contra Costa County—including Bay Area Legal Aid. The event highlighted the impact of BayLegal’s immigration-related work along with that of two partner organizations—Catholic Charities …

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