Photo by Regina Zamarripa via Las Fotos Project.

Fighting Poverty In California


Through the lens of economic and racial justice, Western Center on Law & Poverty fights in courts, cities, counties, and in the Capitol to secure housing, health care, and a strong safety net for Californians with low incomes.

Many systems keep people in poverty – from institutionalized racism to unjust and unequal economic structures. We address those factors in every aspect of our work, and call out the ways they oppress people experiencing poverty.


End systemic racism. End poverty. Ensure justice for all. Everyone thrives.


Western Center on Law & Poverty seeks to eliminate poverty and advance racial and economic justice by dismantling and transforming systems so all communities in California can thrive.

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Latest News

Western Center Roundup – January 2022

, By Willis Jacobson, National Center for Youth Law & Rebecca Miller, Western Center on Law and Poverty

California’s Riverside County Agrees to Reimburse Families $540K in Juvenile Detention Fees

, By Center for Biological Diversity, Western Center, Sierra Club, Earthjustice

Joint Press Release: Lawsuit Challenges San Bernardino County Approval of Polluting Warehouse Near Schools, Homes

, By Lara Korte, Politico

Groups sue to block Newsom’s CARE Courts program for severe mental illness
More News Articles »


, By Abraham Zavala-Rodriguez, WCLP Outreach & Advocacy Associate

BLOG: The Fight to KEEP LA HOUSED over the Holidays: ‘Twas the season to extend emergency protections for tenants past December 31st in LA County

, By Abraham Zavala-Rodriguez, WCLP Outreach and Advocacy Associate

BLOG: Voices From the Holiday Strike Line

, By Abraham Zavala, Outreach and Advocacy Associate

BLOG: Organizing For Vendor Justice in California

, By Justice Earl Johnson, Western Center Scholar in Residence

BLOG: 2022 Garden Party Earl Johnson Equal Justice Award Tribute
More Blog Posts »

Western Center's Work Benefits Millions of Californians

6,000,000Working adults benefitted from a minimum wage increase to $15/hr
4,000,000Adults protected from unfair and unpayable traffic fines and fees
400,000Homeless, migrant and foster children received priority access and fee waivers for afterschool programs
170,000Undocumented children became eligible for health care coverage


Our 2021 Annual Report highlights Western Center’s work throughout 2021, and presents portraits from photographer Gale Filter, captured through his relationships with unhoused communities in Sacramento – specifically via the organizations ShowUp Sac and Mercy Pedalers. We hope that in viewing this report, it becomes clear that we have a collective responsibility to make things better for our neighbors most impacted by poverty and other systems of injustice.

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