Message From the Executive Director, June 4th, 2020

Dear Friends, Last night I listened to Roxie Washington, the mother of George Floyd’s young daughter, speak through painful tears. While she spoke at the podium, Gianna, their sweet, beautiful, 6-year-old child stood with her. Roxie said that George was a good man, and that their child was proof of his goodness.  It was just heartbreaking.  I realized that this child would never see her father again.  I feel sick, and heartbroken, as I remember her words.  George Floyd was a victim of a crime that should never have occurred, and the tragedy is something we cannot comprehend.   What happened was cruel and horrific, and it must never happen again.  Too many Black lives have been taken in this country, and it needs to end now.  Our Black community members have been and are being murdered with impunity in  our communities.  La Raza Centro Legal decries these unjust killings.  We stand with our Black family members and friends, as allies, since we cannot afford to remain silent at a moment like this.  Black lives matter and we stand together today and going forward; we cannot remain silent with so many innocent people being killed in our midst.  To remain silent would equal acquiescence, and this cannot stand.   It is no longer sufficient to say we are not racist.  We must take action to show how we stand shoulder to shoulder with our Black loved ones.  As your community legal aid office, we stand for justice, truth, integrity, and the bright future and promise of our young people.  Stand with us now, and rather than donating to La Raza...

Message from the Executive Director, April 7, 2020

Message from the Executive Director, April 7, 2020 I hope you are well and that during this time of shelter-in-place, you and your families and housemates have adjusted and developed a new sense of normalcy.  I’m writing today’s message from my home office, a little corner of my upstairs closet, with my desk sitting under a sunny window.  The sounds of a tree trimming crew and a mechanical wood chipper are just outside my window, and I wonder,  “Is tree trimming essential work?”  Though I’m not tasked with making that decision for the crew, I’m grateful that the workers will be paid and can support their families through their labors. In January this year, I started a gratitude practice that ended up being very fortuitous given the current health pandemic.  I try to start or end each day by creating a list of three things I am grateful for.  They can be either tangible or intangible, and exist in the present, past or future.  I have also done quite a bit of reading about how to live life as a “thank you”, and this has informed my daily list.  Experts on gratitude have conducted studies that show that when you are in the midst of feeling grateful, it is virtually impossible to simultaneously feel angry, frustrated, or overwhelmed.  This may explain why people who feel grateful more often, tend to be overall happier in their daily lives. As to the recent entries in my gratitude journal, yesterday’s list included 1) Springtime decorations created by neighborhood children, displayed in the windows of their homes; 2) texts from friends I hadn’t...

Our Heartfelt Thanks and Gratitude to our 42nd Anniversary Partners!

Steward of Justice Kazan, McClain, Abrams, Fernandez, Lyons, Greenwood, Oberman, Satterley & Bosl Foundation Torchbearers of Justice Hanson Bridgett LLP Hirschfeld Kraemer, LLP Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation Guardians of Justice Shartsis Friese LLP Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood Keker & Van Nest LLP The Venable Foundation   Liberation Law Group, P.C.  Goodwin Procter LLP AA Batarse Foundation The Nassiri & Jung  Foundation  The Union Bank Foundation Advocates of Justice Farella Braun + Martel LLP Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy LLP Berman DeValerio Morrison & Foerster Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP Virginia Villegas & Dan Zurita Fellom & Solorio Andrus Anderson LLP The Law Office of Salgado & Associates Instituto Laboral de La Raza Defenders of Justice Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP Chavez & Gertler Boxer Gerson Attorneys at Law, LLP Beenson, Tayer & Bodine, APC California Rural Legal Assistance Al Borvice & Ramiro Castro Michael Sorgen Darian Shirazi Supporters of Justice Anamaria Loya & Chris O’Hearn Genevie Gallegos Fred W. Alvarez Carmen De Leoon Fred W. Alvarez Camilo Artiga-Purcell David Zimmer Rubail Birwadker Chrissy Filipp Outten & Golden LLP JAMS San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council Mission Housing Development Corporation (MHDC) Friends Justice Grace Vineyards San Francisco 49ers The Golden State Warriors  The San Jose Sharks George Arroyo David Rorick Ella Blakeney Mary Ellen S. Greenlee...

Together, We Can!

We are committed to using the power of the law to address injustice and solve problems affecting those who lack equal access to the legal system……. Read More “Together, We...

Know Your Rights–Eviction Under “Owner Move In”

Desalojo de inquilinos para que el propietario se mude a la vivienda (Spanish Version) Evicting a Tenant Under “Owner Move In” English Version Evicting a Tenant Under “Owner Move In” There are 16 just causes to evict a tenant in San Francisco. Among them, the “owner move in” or “OMI” is a well-known cause for eviction in San Francisco nowadays. It is defined as an eviction where an owner of a unit who does not own another property in the City seeks to recover possession for himself or relative to move in, “without ulterior motive and with honest intent.” Owners may evict for a family member such as a child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, sibling or the owner’s spouse or the spouse of such relations. The term “spouse” includes domestic partners. However, owners who evict for family members to move in must already live in the building or be moving into the building at the same time as the relative. In buildings of two or more units, there are several conditions that give a tenant protected status so that he/she cannot be evicted for either the owner or the owner’s relative to move in. If you are 60 years old or older and have lived in the unit for more than 10 years, you are protected.  If you are disabled under the Social Security Disability rules—which consider a person disabled if (a) she/he cannot perform the kind of work that he/she did before, (b) Social Security decides that he/she cannot be adjusted to other work because of his/her medical condition, and (c) her/his disability has lasted or is expected to...

Never Give Up!

We dedicate this newsletter to our former Executive Director Anamaria Loya who recently lost her father Raul Loya to the devastating disease of Alzheimers.  Anamaria Loya continues the fight for justice as a Supervisory Civil Rights Attorney for the U.S. Department of Education……. Read our April Newsletter, Never Give...