Rural Justice Updates

Ally Conference!

On January 6, 2017, CRLA leaders joined 1,200 attorneys and community leaders from all over the Bay Area at the Bar Association of San Francisco’s “How To Be A Good Ally: A Strategic Engagement Conference.” The conference addressed the challenges facing vulnerable communities in 2017. Dolores Garay, CRLA’s Associate Director of External Relations, was the Mistress of Ceremonies. Lisa Cisneros, LGBT Program Director, discussed the challenges facing rural communities. A special thank you to Kelly Dermody who jumpstarted this conference.

Read Lisa's remarks here >>

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LGBT Program Is Creating Change

Lisa Cisneros and Gloria Garcia, CRLA LGBT Community Worker, traveled with local partners to present two workshops about LGBT advocacy in rural communities at the 2017 Creating Change conference in Philadelphia. The conference, presented by the National LGBTQ Task Force, brings together activists and allies throughout the country.

Pro Bono Award

Steve Kociol

Steve Kociol, a long­time volunteer attorney, was given the President’s Pro Bono Award by the State Bar of California for his work with the CRLA. His employment law expertise has brought in more than $100,000 for CRLA clients, and he has provided training to staff. Thank you Steve!!

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Remembering Raul

Raul Cardenas

This month we lost Raul Cadena. He was a great friend to CRLA and proud member of our Board of Directors and Capital Campaign Cabinet. Raul was a wonderful, honorable man who gave back to his community and strongly believed in workers’ rights. His time with CRLA made us a better, stronger organization. His service to the community will have a lasting impact. Our hearts go out to his family, including his wife and two young children.

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Dia del Trabajador Migrante

Photo by David Bacon]

CRLA’s Coachella office hosted the annual Dia del Trabajador Migrante —Day of the Migrant Worker, a festival to celebrate and learn about local resources available to migrant worker communities.

Learn more about this year’s event >>