After a lifetime of leading organizations, mentoring young leaders and staff, and changing the civil rights landscape in California and nationally, our beloved leader Eva Paterson retired on August 31, 2022.

When friends of hers heard she was leaving, they spontaneously made donations to EJS. This gave Eva the idea to raise $1,000,000 so that her successor will not have to worry about raising money during the early days of their tenure.

We called this the Eva Paterson Legacy Fund, as this fundraising helps to protect and maintain the incredible legacy of Eva’s work and commitment to the Equal Justice Society, which she co-founded over 22 years ago.


The Equal Justice Society continues to strengthen its role in the racial justice movement as one of the county’s few legal organizations fighting modern-day discrimination by intersecting the law, race, and social science.


Here’s how you can help us continue our critical work:

  1. Make a secure, online donation right now;
  2. Write a check payable to the Equal Justice Society and mail your donation to the Equal Justice Society, 1939 Harrison Street, Suite 818, Oakland, CA 94612;
  3. Call us at 415-288-8700 to learn more about our road map to litigation, pledge your support, or find out how you can help; and
  4. Use AmazonSmile to donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to EJS.

All donations to EJS are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. EJS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our federal tax identification number is 20-0490698.

We are grateful for your continued love and support!

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