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Victories For Climate Justice

Our coalition is featured in a study on how successful cross-sector collaboration led to winning climate justice victories benefiting low-income Californians.
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Advancing opportunities for learning so California public school students are prepared for college and career

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Affordable Housing

Expanding access to opportunity in suburban communities and ensuring equitable urban development

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Transportation Justice

Ensuring economic opportunity in urban areas through access to affordable and reliable transit services

Forced Parent Work Policies

Mandatory parent work hours in charter schools? Read our materials and tell us your story.

California's New School Finance Law: Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)

Governor Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), adopted as part of his 2013-14 proposed budget, is a significant and historic shift toward a simpler, more rational and equitable school finance system.
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Anti-Displacement Policy

What do we mean by "investment without displacement"? Find out what it is, and why it's so critical to the Bay Area's success.

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Sheena Wadhawan is the Advocacy Director at DC Employment Justice Center. Sheena previously worked at CASA de...

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We extend our warm appreciation to everyone who attended our Voices of Conscience celebration, participated in our on-line auction and especially to our generous sponsors!


April 27, 2015

Senior Staff Attorney Angelica Jongco shares seven steps to help you analyze and impact your school district's academic and spending plan, called the Local Control Accountability Plan.

March 17, 2015

Law Clerk Laura MacInnis recently visited with Public Advocates partners in San Jose and Richmond, and she learned why input from involved parents, students and community groups is essential to effective education advocacy.

March 17, 2015

Meet Steve John and Jason Snyder, a family for 22 years and supporters of Public Advocates. Learn about their family commitment to giving back locally to causes that make a difference.

March 10, 2015

The Montgomery Bus Boycott was a watershed moment of the modern Civil Rights Movement. Today, nearly 60 years after Rosa Park’s refusal to give up her seat on the bus, the connections between public transportation, social justice and the lives of Black Americans have again come into stark relief here in the Bay Area.

February 17, 2015

Over the next six to eight months, we intend to answer some pretty big questions about Public Advocates’ future. As clients, allies and donors, your perspectives will be key in shaping our next decade of advocacy.

About Public Advocates Inc.
Our nonprofit law firm and advocacy organization has been fighting the root causes of discrimination and poverty for more than 40 years, by strengthening community voices and achieving tangible legal victories.

Seeking Legal Administrative Coordinator

Public Advocates Inc. seeks a full-time Legal Administrative Coordinator to join its exceptional and dedicated team and provide critical support to our advocacy and attorney staff of nine.


April 28, 2015
The Legislature’s top Democrats have made a comprehensive rewrite of the law on teacher evaluations a priority this session. But a fundamental disagreement over granting teachers the power to negotiate all aspects of evaluations, including whether to use student test scores as a factor, could doom prospects for passage, as it has in the past.
April 17, 2015
In the wake of the City Council’s adoption of the Coliseum Area Specific Plan, a coalition of local residents, workers, youth and faith leaders are stepping up efforts to ensure that the plan follows through on commitments to community benefits that include jobs and affordable housing for East Oakland residents.
April 11, 2015
Where have all the teachers gone? It's the title of a recent story featured on NPR's All Things Considered, highlighting the political and professional challenges that are likely the explanation for declining enrollment in education preparation programs across the country. In fact, in California, enrollment is down 53 percent over the past five years.
April 2, 2015
The Oakland City Council added new protections for existing businesses and a “preliminary” list of community benefits, then unanimously approved a massive East Oakland development plan on Tuesday night. The Coliseum Area Specific Plan aims to create a vibrant district of sports facilities, hotels, retail, housing, a transportation hub, and a technology business center in an area stretching from the Coliseum to the airport.
March 24, 2015
A new report released today by Public Advocates, ACCE Institute (Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment) and the Center for Popular Democracy finds massive vulnerabilities to charter school fraud in California that could result in more than $100 million in waste in 2015.