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Statewide rent control in Oregon!

Oregon is poised to become the first state in the nation to impose statewide limits on how much landlords can raise rents after state lawmakers passed a sweeping measure on Tuesday.
Read more here

San Francisco Eviction Control Law Strengthened

The SF Board of Supervisors has passed a new ordinance to protect tenants in single family homes, which are not covered by rent control. Landlords of single family homes and condos cannot give tenants a huge rent increase in order to evict them without just cause, anymore. This was a loophole which allowed such landlords to circumvent eviction controls by raising the rent to force the tenants to move. Here’s an article on why this was needed.

Rachel Lederman in the news as Standing Rock criminal cases wrap up

Rachel is quoted in a major AP piece on Water Protector Legal Collective. WPLC has just wrapped up almost 850 criminal cases stemming from the indigenous-led resistance to the Dakota Access oil pipeline at Standing Rock in 2016-2017. Regarding the ongoing civil rights lawsuit over law enforcement violence against the water protectors, “We are determined to press on for justice, no matter how long it takes,” said legal collective board member Rachel Lederman, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs.
The same article ran in the Washington Post, MN Star Tribune, ABC News, CBS News, US News, Seattle Times, Tampa Bay Times, and local and regional news outlets across the country.
Another good article on this, in the Fargo-based High Plains Reader:

You may be able to lower your rent due to past owner move-in eviction fraud

san-francisco-streets-wallpaper-4NBC’s Investigative Unit mapped out every owner move-in eviction in San Francisco over the past three years. You can use the interactive map toward the bottom of this article to find evictions in your neighborhood. While many of these evictions are legal, if your address is listed and you are not the landlord or a relative of the property owner, someone may have been wrongfully evicted from that unit, which might entitle you to lock in the previous tenant’s cheaper rent.

If your address is listed, contact NBC, 888-996-TIPS (including anonymously), or email them here; report to the City to request a rent reduction.

UC Berkeley professor fired nearly two years after sexual harassment claims substantiated

The University of California has fired the professor who sexually harassed four students represented by our office along with several of our Oakland Law Collaborative colleagues, other lawyers, nearly two years after campus investigators first concluded he had made unwanted advances and violated school policies. Read the Guardian article.


Water Protectors Go To 8th Circuit Court of Appeals

Our client Vanessa Dundon is interviewed in this article about the appeal in our class action lawsuit against North Dakota law enforcement for excessive force.

Nov 20



Paramilitary Security Tracked and Targeted DAPL Opponents as “Jihadists”, Docs Show

As people nationwide rallied last year to support the Standing Rock Sioux’s attempts to block the Dakota Access Pipeline, a private security firm with experience fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan launched an intrusive military-style surveillance and counterintelligence campaign against the activists and their allies, according to internal company documents. Read full article here.

Class Action Victory for Racial Justice Protesters in Berkeley

The systemic failure to hold white police officers accountable for racist killings and the Black Lives Matter movement sparked a demonstration on December 6, 2014. The march began peacefully on the UC Berkeley campus, but when it reached the city police station, the police blocked the marchers’ path and began using their wooden batons indiscriminately against both protesters and journalists. Read the full article.

Police officers with the Berkeley Police Department clash with protesters during a march in Berkeley

Claims filed re Berkeley #BlackLivesMatter protests

We have filed tort claims for fourteen people who were injured by the Berkeley Police and assisting agencies during December 6 and 7, 2014, demonstrations over the failures to indict the officers who killed Eric Garner and Michael Brown. The tort claims are the first step toward bringing a lawsuit for an injunction to stop the police misconduct and monetary compensation for our clients. Our clients include a Chronicle photographer and a minister who were clubbed on the heads for no apparent reason; a 55 year old Berkeley Rent Board counselor who was clubbed in the back from behind while she was urging other demonstrators to give the police space; and a visitor from Los Angeles who happened on the demonstration and had been there for only minutes when he was shot with a “less lethal” munition, fracturing his knee. Rachel Lederman and Jim Chanin are representing the demonstrators and journalists on behalf of the National Lawyers Guild. Read the Mercury News article here.

Broken Windows or Broken Lives? Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s crackdown on protests is sure to fail.

Under pressure from businesses after a large May Day demonstration in which dozens of new cars and bank windows were smashed, Oakland’s new mayor, Libby Schaaf, has instituted a ban on nighttime street marches that has outraged the Oakland activist community. The mayor’s directive violates a federal court order, and has escalated ongoing tension between police and protesters — while doing nothing to address the serious issues of state-sponsored racism, extrajudicial killings, and police impunity that are at the heart of the growing national movement.

Read Rachel Lederman’s opinion piece in the East Bay Express.

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