Press Releases

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Marin Independent Journal


By Adrian Rodriguez

A San Anselmo lawyer has been hired as the first female executive director of Bay Area Legal Aid, an Oakland-headquartered nonprofit public interest law firm.

After 17 years with the firm, called BayLegal for short, Genevieve Richardson stepped into her new role this month, managing the $18 million firm that serves residents from Napa to Silicon Valley. Richardson began as a staff attorney in 2001, focusing on family law, domestic violence prevention and immigration, and most recently served as managing attorney of BayLegal’s Contra Costa, Marin and Napa county offices. In her last role, Richardson founded and led the firm’s regional pro bono program.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Quartz


By Chase Purdy

Silicon Valley operates in a regulatory Wild West. But with repeated and high-profile data breaches piling up, its days of unchecked authority might be numbered.

Because internet technology has developed faster than state and federal privacy laws, Silicon Valley companies have for years been in charge of how the data they collect from their customers is used. Anyone browsing the web, performing a search on Google, or logging into Facebook operates on blind faith that the companies behind the technology will protect their private data and use it appropriately.

Monday, March 19, 2018

San Francisco Chronicle


By The Editorial Board

Facebook is under fire on two continents. Following weekend reports that Cambridge Analytica was able to harvest private information from tens of millions of Facebook users without those users receiving an alert from the social network, Facebook needs to stop denying its failures and start fixing them.

Cambridge Analytica is a political data firm owned by conservative billionaire Robert Mercer and headed at the time of the breach by Steve Bannon, a former top adviser to President Trump.

In 2014, Global Science Research paid users small sums to take a personality quiz and download an app that scraped private information from their profiles and those of their friends’. The company told Facebook it was collecting the information for academic research.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Vox


By Emily Stewart

During the summer of 2016, while the contentious presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was in full swing, Facebook and Twitter found themselves transformed into uneasy partisan battlegrounds. And strange events were happening there, set into motion by Russian propagandists.

They purchased Facebook ads to promote real-life pro-Trump rallies, according to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and his subsequent indictments. Russians also bought ads spreading voter fraud conspiracies and touted an event to “support Hillary” and “save American Muslims.”

Thursday, March 15, 2018

J Weekly


The California Legislative Jewish Caucus introduced a resolution condemning a controversial new law in Poland, which would subject those who allude to Polish collaboration in Holocaust-era Nazi crimes to imprisonment for up to three years.

“The Law on the Institute of National Remembrance is an attempt to rewrite history and infringes upon Polish citizens’ freedom of expression,” said Assembly Member Marc Levine, chair of the caucus. “We must reject laws that prohibit acknowledgment of historical fact and confront the truth about the Holocaust to understand history.”

The Assembly Rules Committee will have to vote on the resolution before it moves on to the Assembly floor. No precise timeframe has been set.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

San Diego Jewish World


The California Legislative Jewish Caucus on Wednesday, March 14,  introduced AJR-35 condemning a new law in Poland subjecting individuals who cite the participation of Poles in Nazi crimes to imprisonment for up to three years, despite the historical record of this collaboration.

“The Law on the Institute of National Remembrance is an attempt to rewrite history and infringes upon Polish citizens’ freedom of expression,” said Assemblymember Marc Levine, Chair of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus. “We must reject laws that prohibit acknowledgment of historical fact and confront the truth about the Holocaust to understand history.”

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Imperial Valley News


Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Climate Change Policies and about a dozen other California legislators submitted a letter requesting that critical natural resources programs receive funding in this year’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) budget allocations. Earlier today, they were joined by several advocacy groups to announce their list of priorities for the 2018-2019 GGRF Expenditure Plan.