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New Mission for Lawyers: Free Aid to Young Immigrants

Attorneys Volunteer for Pro Bono Work Helping Central American Minors By Miriam Jordan Original article published in the Wall Street Journal In a departure from their usual clientele, attorneys at major U.S. law firms and corporations are volunteering to represent, at no cost, unaccompanied children who have entered the U.S. illegally. Since late July, when…

 

SF supes’ budget committee votes for legal aid to immigrant kids

By John Coté You can read the original article on SF Gate. The Board of Supervisors’ three-member budget committee voted unanimously Wednesday to support a proposal to provide more than $2 million to fund immigration lawyers for youth facing fast-tracked deportation. The supplemental budget appropriation, which would provide $2.1 million total to be drawn from…

  

Kids pushed through immigration court at lightning speed while supes debate legal aid funding

Rebecca Bowe You can read the original article on San Francisco Bay Guardian. San Francisco’s efforts to provide legal services for unaccompanied youth who crossed the U.S. border from Central America is heating up as a point of contention between Sup. David Campos and Board President David Chiu, opponents in the race for California Assembly…

 

Bill to Strengthen California Voting Rights Act Approved by State Assembly – SB 1365

By Christopher Simmons You can read the original article on California Newswire. SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — A bill to strengthen voter protections under the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) was approved today by the State Assembly. SB 1365 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) expands the CVRA by explicitly prohibiting school boards, cities, and counties…



San Jose Police Accused of Excessive Force After Video Appears to Show Cops Beating Teacher

By Damian Trujillo You can read the original article on NBC Los Angeles. A San Diego teacher has filed a complaint against the San Jose Police Department and claims cops used excessive force on him during an incident at San Jose State University. The alleged victim, Nathaniel Howard, was recently in San Jose giving a…

 

SJSU graduation speaker files excessive-force complaint, seeks more police accountability

By Robert Salonga You can read the original article on San Jose Mercury News. A keynote speaker at a San Jose State graduation ceremony has filed an excessive-force complaint against the San Jose Police Department and hopes his case can be a lightning rod for heavier scrutiny of the internal investigations that by and large…

 

Coming Home

By Andrew Scot Bolsinger You can read the original article at East Bay Express. Former inmate-turned-entrepreneur Anthony Forrest has learned how to adapt to consumer preferences in the Bay Area. On a recent weekday in San Francisco, the Oakland resident stood outside the Jackson Square Safeway, wearing a 49ers jersey and an Oakland Raiders hat…



U.S. sanctions net snares the innocent, burdens business

By ANNA YUKHANANOV AND WARREN STROBEL You can read the original article on Reuters. On a Friday afternoon in March, Jose Luis Zamora pulled into a Lexus dealership in Dallas to test-drive a new car with his wife. Ready to pay, Zamora instead waited more than two hours before being informed his name had popped…

 

How Local Governments Are Hacking Immigration Reform

By SPENCER AMDUR You can read the original article at The Atlantic. States and cities are taking immigration reform into their own hands. With prospects for comprehensive legislation bleak in Washington, local governments have begun making decisions about who gets deported and who doesn’t by refusing to participate in a system that has come to rely…



Traffic court is a judicial dead end for California’s working poor

By Oren Sellstrom If you subscribe, you can read the original article on The Daily Journal. When we think of influential courts, the Supreme Court typically comes to mind first. Yet for many low-income individuals, a court much further down the judicial food-chain actually holds the most sway over their lives. Traffic court — which for…



They’ve done their time, now let them vote

by Hector Villagra Read the original article on San Francisco Bay View. On Feb. 11, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. urged states to repeal laws that prohibit people who were formerly incarcerated from voting, a move that would restore the right to vote to millions. This timely announcement does not just address officials in states…



Holder’s call for repeal of ex-convict voting laws hits home

By Joanna Cuevas Ingram, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area Do not Print or Redistribute without Permission from LCCR and Daily Journal Published in the Daily Journal, California’s Largest Legal News Provider, Vol. 120, No. 31, Friday, February 14, 2014 On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder sent a powerful…



ACLU contends California must let former prison inmates vote

By Paige St. John Read the original story at the Los Angeles Times. SACRAMENTO — California’s refusal to let former state prison inmates vote while they serve community probation terms is under challenge by civil rights groups. On behalf of groups including the League of Women Voters of California, lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of…



Voting-rights activists sue Debra Bowen claiming mass exclusions

By Christopher Cadelago Read the original story at the Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert. Voting-rights advocates sued Secretary of State Debra Bowen for voter disenfranchisement on Tuesday, claiming she blocked from the polls tens of thousands of Californians who fall under new categories of criminal-justice supervision. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union and Lawyers’ Committee for…



Secretary of state sued over criminals’ voting

By DON THOMPSON Associated Press News Fuze Read the original story at the San Jose Mercury News. SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Voting and civil liberties groups sued Secretary of State Debra Bowen on Tuesday over a decision she made in 2011 that said tens of thousands of criminals who are serving their sentences under community supervision are ineligible to vote….



Federal authorities agree to limit shackling of immigrants in court

Associated Press in San Francisco Read the original story at The Guardian. An ACLU attorney said putting immigrants in shackles was “contrary to fundamental American values of justice and fairness”. Federal authorities would limit the use of shackles on immigrants who appear before immigration judges, under a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit. US Immigration and Customs…



San Mateo County supervisors should pick a district map favored by the people

By CAROLYN HSU AND JOANNA E. CUEVAS INGRAM Read the original article at San Jose Mercury News. On Tuesday, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will consider the boundary lines that will determine each supervisorial district, hopefully putting in place a fair and lawful election system after years of legal challenges. The board faces…



49ers stadium leaders dispute racism charges by civil rights groups

By Mike Rosenberg Read the original article at San Jose Mercury News. SANTA CLARA—A coalition of civil rights groups is threatening to sue over what it calls a lack of minority-owned businesses working on the San Francisco 49ers’ new stadium, though project officials deny those claims and say they gave contractors of all races an equal…



Caltrans minority subcontract plan upheld

By Bob Egelko Read the original article on SF Gate. A federal appeals court upheld a Caltrans program Tuesday that requires contractors on federally funded road-building projects to make subcontracts available to companies owned by minorities and women. The program, in effect since March 2009, requires contractors to make good-faith efforts to award 9.5 percent of…