Jeffrey Selbin directs the UC Berkeley School of Law Policy Advocacy Clinic, which he founded in 2015 as an interdisciplinary clinic to train and supervise law and public policy students to take on systemic racial and economic injustice. The clinic currently represents impacted groups in California and nationally on campaigns to abolish racialized wealth extraction (fees and fines) in the criminal and juvenile legal system.
- How did you meet Paul and get acquainted with WRAP?
I met Paul about 10 years ago when we started working together with law and public policy students to fight the criminalization of people experiencing homelessness. We couldn’t have been more blown away by Paul and WRAP staff and affiliates, and he couldn’t have been more supportive of our clinic students.
- What in your opinion is the role/expertise WRAP plays in this moment after 40 years of modern-day houselessness and growing criminalization – but also the growing movement of radical organizations and people’s movements fighting for the world we want?
WRAP is a beacon of hope in the struggle to address the root causes of homelessness and poverty. WRAP’s model of centering people experiencing homelessness to voice their own needs and hopes is an inspiration to those of us who care about justice on our streets and in our communities.
- Paul has also been doing this for 40 years – Want to send a love message to Paul about his impact on your work and/or about his impact overall?
What can I say in terms that Paul will understand? He FUCKING rocks! Seriously, Paul is a tireless advocate who models principled and effective activism against long odds. I feel incredibly blessed to know and work with him, and we’re all the beneficiaries of his 40 years of fighting for human rights. We fucking love you Paul. 😊