CRLA in the News

Interview with Cynthia Rice

Cynthia Rice talks about Kern County and the disparities in discipline that students of color are faced with while in school. Also, featured is Emily DeRuy, the senior associate education editor at The Atlantic.

Listen to the interview here >>


CRLA Walked In, Monterey County Woke Up

The Salinas office is one of CRLA’s first offices, and when CRLA walked in, Monterey County woke up because community workers like Hector de La Rosa and attorneys like Robert Gnaizda and Marty Glick challenged the system by “raising issues and proposing solutions that had been ignored.”

You can read more about the history of CRLA- Salinas here >>


CEI Victory!

CRLA’s amazing Community Equity Initiative (CEI) staff in Modesto got the unincorporated town of Parklawn in Stanislaus County wastewater service!

Learn more about this community changing victory by CRLA's CEI staff >>


Bottled water going to residents in western Fresno County |by The Fresno Bee

- Most residents in the western Fresno County communities of Cantua Creek and El Porvenir drive out of town to buy drinking water, sometimes spending more than $100 monthly. But now drinking water is coming to them.

The first water deliveries made possible from a $300,000 state grant began last week and will provide bottled drinking water to the two communities that are home mostly to farmworkers. Residents say the monthly deliveries mean they don’t have to drive 20 minutes to buy drinking water from machines or at grocery stores.

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Laura FerreeMarysville Directing Attorney Laura Clauson Ferree interviewed by the Appeal-Democrat about new mandates to help protect farmworkers.

Dizziness, headache, chills and hallucinations are a just a few symptoms workers suffering from heat stroke may experience while laboring in the fields of Yuba-Sutter.

As of May 1, outdoor workers statewide had new protections from recently enacted amendments to heat illness prevention regulations.

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Since the start of LGBT Pride Month 2015, the world has focused on Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover. Hardly a year earlier, Laverne Cox, another renowned celebrity, actress and activist, graced the cover of Time Magazine. Time Magazine announced the “Transgender Tipping Point.”

 

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Listen as host Alfredo Gonzalez interviews Luis Medina from the San Bernardino Mexican Consulate and CRLA staff members to discuss our work in the Central Valley.

(radio program is in Spanish)

 

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The California Bar Foundation is pleased to provide a $20,000 grant to California Rural Legal Assistance, in support of their Indigenous Language Access in the California Courts program

 

CRLA and the California Bar Foundation

The California Bar Foundation is pleased to provide a $20,000 grant to California Rural Legal Assistance, in support of their Indigenous Language Access in the California Courts program. This program provides technical assistance to courts and share best practices in developing language access strategies for indigenous language speakers via four regional trainings during the implementation of the California Courts' Language Access Plan.

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Brownstein attorneys are helping keep kids in school. Our Santa Barbara office recently partnered with California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) to support CRLA’s School to Nowhere Pipeline initiative.

 

CRLA and Pro Bono Partnerships

"California Assembly Committee Passing Farm Worker Sexual Harassment Bill”

Brownstein attorneys are helping keep kids in school. Our Santa Barbara office recently partnered with California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) to support CRLA’s School to Nowhere Pipeline initiative. Numerous studies have demonstrated a positive correlation between failure in school and a likelihood of ending up in the criminal justice system, a trend called the “school to prison pipeline.” This trend is particularly pronounced for minority students and non-English speakers in rural areas, who are disproportionately likely to drop out or face expulsion. CRLA has launched a comprehensive initiative to address these educational disparities in California’s rural communities.

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Farm labor rights advocates say sexual harassment and sexual assaults have become almost commonplace in California’s agricultural fields. Photo by David Bacon.

Farm labor rights advocates say sexual harassment and sexual assaults have become almost commonplace in California’s agricultural fields. Photo by David Bacon.

CRLA Attorney Weighs In on Sexual Harassment

"California Assembly Committee Passing Farm Worker Sexual Harassment Bill”

Story By Max Pringle for Capital Public Radio

“A lot of the harassers are serial harassers,” says Michael Marsh with California Rural Legal Assistance. “They go from one place of employment to the next place of employment and no one ever checks on their credentials or checks on their background.”

Click here to hear CRLA attorney Michael Marsh weigh in on sexual Harassment in the fields.


 

Prior to CRLA’s Watsonville office involvement, applicants were told that there was no cash aid program for indigent adults, especially if they were homeless. Photo by David Bacon

Prior to CRLA’s Watsonville office involvement, applicants were told that there was no cash aid program for indigent adults, especially if they were homeless. Photo by David Bacon.

San Benito County Neediest Residents Assisted

April 1, 2014 - Through the brilliance of the Public Interest Law Project and our own Watsonville staff, San Benito County adopted General Assistance regulations and created a program at its Board of Supervisors meeting. 

Prior to the meeting, the County had a program with regulations from 1981 that no one at the welfare office knew about.  Applicants were told that there was no cash aid program for indigent adults, especially if they were homeless. 

Click here to see press release >>