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Public Advocates & Partners file lawsuit against L.A. School District (photo:CommunityCoalition)

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AB 32 money ok'd to boost transit, affordable housing: carbon reduction equal to taking 140K cars off road

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CA Dedicates Millions For Climate Justice!

Advocates score big win with budget decision to reduce greenhouse gas by boosting local transit and building affordable housing
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Meeting the Promise of Education Reform

How to make sure low-income, English learners and foster kids get the school services they need

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Lake Merritt Not Just for the Wealthy

Envisioning an Oakland that people from all rungs of the economic ladder can call home

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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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Michelle Alexander
Associate Professor of Law, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Michelle Alexander was a former member of the Board of Governors and interned in 1990. She currently is an associate...

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Seeking Fellowship Project Candidates for 2016-18

Public Advocates Inc. seeks dynamic and dedicated advocates to apply for project funding with us through the Equal Justice Works and Skadden post-graduate fellowship programs. Fellows would work out of our offices in San Francisco or Sacramento


June 23, 2015

Public Advocates is thrilled to introduce this summer’s fantastic group of interns! This year we have a very fun, active group who has been contributing in all areas of law or non-profit work in and outside of the office. Take a moment to read their stories and find out what they’re up to when they’re not working hard!

June 19, 2015

Princess Masilungan profiles two students from Los Angeles Unified School District to show the value of listening when students talk as California educators implement reform under the new Local Control Funding Formula finance structure.

June 11, 2015

The latest on Public Advocates' work on affordable housing in Oakland, parent-student engagement in school funding, and climate justice from President & CEO Guillermo Mayer. The summer has just started, but we're moving full steam ahead.

May 21, 2015

Last month, we celebrated our 44th anniversary in the cheerful company of friends and allies. The night was filled with vivid images and ideas about the beauty and hardships involved in the fight for social justice. Inspired by the historic Caldwell/Jorgenson climb of the Dawn Wall of El Capitan in Yosemite earlier this year, we reflected on our collective journey as we climb together – one step at a time – towards the mountaintop envisioned by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

May 20, 2015

Meet Alcario and Carmen Castellano, a Friend of Public Advocates couple since the 1990’s. Learn about their family and their giving to causes that make a difference. Read Debi’s interview with Alcario and Carmen.

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 Communications/Development Interns

Public Advocates is looking for motivated individuals who would like to join our dedicated team as communications or development interns beginning in the fall of 2015. If you’d like to pair your interest in social justice with communications or development skills in a supportive setting, write to us!


July 2, 2015
Press release from Public Advocates, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Greenlining Institute and Coalition for Clean Air concerning Strategic Growth Council approval of $121.9 million in funds to 28 projects that link affordable housing to clean transportation.
July 1, 2015
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is violating state law by refusing to use state education funds specifically targeted to help low-income students, English language learners and foster youth to increase or improve services for those students, according to a lawsuit filed on behalf of the Community Coalition of South Los Angeles and LAUSD parent Reyna Frias.
July 1, 2015
The Los Angeles Unified School District has illegally shortchanged high-needs students of millions of dollars meant for them under the state's new school finance system, a lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges.
July 1, 2015
Civil rights groups have filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Unified School District alleging that millions of dollars intended to help low income, foster care and English-learner students were diverted to special education services.
July 1, 2015
Civil rights groups filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Unified School District Wednesday alleging that millions of dollars intended to help low income, foster care and English-learner students were diverted to special education services.