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Defending disability rights in workplace and education

The audience of our second summer lecture, “Defending Disability Rights in the Trump Era,” included people with disabilities, workers from disability rights centers, and people worried about the administration of President Donald Trump. “What does it take to have an equal opportunity?” said Arlene Mayerson, directing attorney at the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund. … Continue reading “Defending disability rights in workplace and education”

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5 Important Facts about Dads and Family Leave

We all know that every father plays an important role in his family’s health and well-being, and that it’s good for a father to take time off to be with his family when a new child arrives. But do you know how crucial it is? Fact 1: Fathers who take paternity leave are more likely … Continue reading “5 Important Facts about Dads and Family Leave”

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First summer lecture focuses on activism in Trump era

Three panelists kicked off our summer lecture series June 13 with discussion of how their activism has changed during the Trump administration. “This is a really exciting time in terms of legal connection with movement building,” said Matt Nelson, executive director of Presente. “Cycles of organizing are happening so much more quickly.” Also participating in … Continue reading “First summer lecture focuses on activism in Trump era”

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Summer lectures kick off with talk about resistance

How can lawyers defend marginalized communities in the current political climate? How can diverse communities begin to take action? And how can they take advantage of larger coalitions and alliances? These questions and more will be answered during the first talk in our summer lecture series. “Resisting Together: Strength in Diversity” begins at noon on … Continue reading “Summer lectures kick off with talk about resistance”

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Parental leave expansion passes state Senate, heads to Assembly

California’s Senate has passed a bill to provide job security for millions more parents when they take leave to bond with a new child. We helped draft and cosponsored the New Parent Leave Act, SB 63, which state Sen. Hannah Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) introduced and championed. Other organizations promoting and cosponsoring the bill include the California … Continue reading “Parental leave expansion passes state Senate, heads to Assembly”

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Seeking justice at 90: A veteran’s quest

More than six decades after the U.S Air Force discharged her without warning, Helen James is still seeking the honors she earned. Helen entered the military in 1952 as a radio operator on a base in Roslyn, N.Y., following in the footsteps of her father, who had served in the Army. No one talked in … Continue reading “Seeking justice at 90: A veteran’s quest”

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Safeguarding civil and workplace rights: Our summer lecture series highlights the work at hand

As groups across California and the United States work to shore up essential civil and workplace rights that have been established over the past 50 years, our annual lecture series is more timely than ever. The series launches June 13 at our office on Montgomery Street in San Francisco with a talk on how diverse … Continue reading “Safeguarding civil and workplace rights: Our summer lecture series highlights the work at hand”

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In veterans’ supportive housing, homeless women need gender-specific options

This Memorial Day, let’s honor those who sacrificed their lives for our country, by caring for veterans who survived but carry scars from their service. One veteran we’ve worked with, whom I’ll call “Laura” in this post, was sexually assaulted while in the Army. As a result, she grapples with post-traumatic stress, and she became … Continue reading “In veterans’ supportive housing, homeless women need gender-specific options”

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Hearing showcases San Francisco’s leadership on support for working families

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors is considering an ordinance today that could make a big difference for many families by making a seemingly small change in the ways that employers accommodate nursing moms. New mothers who keep breastfeeding after they return to work gain health benefits for themselves and their children. And most new moms … Continue reading “Hearing showcases San Francisco’s leadership on support for working families”

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