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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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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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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!


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.

May 19, 2015

Isabel Alegria recently joined our team as Director of Communication. She brings experience as a broadcast journalist, and more recently as a communications manager with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). As you will read, Isabel also brings with her a love of music, dance and fine food.

May 12, 2015

A lot has happened since we last reported on the campaign for a Coliseum City that creates lasting benefits for low-income residents of East Oakland. A dozen groups have come together around a shared platform, and we’ve started to win, as featured in a recent East Bay Express article.

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.

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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.


May 23, 2015
Oakland's City Attorney refuses to comment on the city's position regarding a controversial luxury apartment development along Lake Merritt. Residents led by Eastlake United for Justice are calling for affordable housing to be included in developers proposal for the parcel, which is on city-owned public land. Public Advocates backed the group with legal analysis.
May 14, 2015
Today, Governor Jerry Brown released his revised budget proposal for the state of California, including $169 billion in total state spending. The budget revision will be reviewed by legislators over the next few months, leading up to the adoption of a spending plan expected in June.
May 10, 2015
Officers for Justice, founded in 1968 by a handful of black and minority officers fed up with unfair treatment in an overwhelmingly white department, is seeking to grow membership and rekindle activism under the leadership of new head, Yulanda Williams. Officers for Justice has played a role for decades, acting as a prod for equitable treatment of minorities and women within the department.
May 6, 2015
On Thursday, May 7th, parents, students and advocates from across California will be in Sacramento to call on State Board of Education (SBE) members to establish strong standards for the evaluation of school districts’ implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), California’s sweeping education reform. Under the LCFF, school districts are required to consult with parents and students, whose voices may not be heard unless the SBE clearly spells out benchmarks for authentic parent/student involvement.
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.