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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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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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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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Tom Williamson
On June 19, 2012, Tom Williamson began his term as the 41st president of the D.C. Bar. Read DC Bar Magazine's Q...

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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!


June 30, 2015
AB32 money will boost transit, housing, affordability in disadvantaged communities; carbon reduction equal to taking 140,000 cars off the road
June 24, 2015
Low-income students and parents in Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) have leveraged California’s new school funding formula to drive $4 million to Oakland schools, breathing life into Governor Brown’s vision for local control.
June 24, 2015
West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) has missed the deadline to allocate over $4.3 million in funds for high-needs students in time to include those funds in its annual Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), which it must submit to the Contra Costa County Office of Education by July 1. Parents, students and community organizations will attend the district’s board meeting tonight to pressure WCCUSD to create a transparent process for allocating the money as soon as possible.
June 18, 2015
San Jose – Immigrant parents in Alum Rock Union Elementary School District (ARUSD) have leveraged California's new school funding formula to win major improvements in school/community relations and to engage in district decision-making, among other demands.
June 18, 2015
The Oakland City Council voted to approve a market-rate tower near Lake Merritt on Wednesday night after the developer agreed to pay $8 million for affordable housing on a separate site, despite community opposition and a potential legal challenge.