February 2020 Inductee – Haley Pollock
Some of us on the PRB staff know Haley personally, so when we saw her nomination come in, it was an unanimous decision to induct Haley in our club of extraordinary punks! She is an inspiration to all!
Haley is in law school right now learning how to be a more effective activist and organizer in Los Angeles. She enrolled in law school to become a legal advocate for people traditionally exploited and mistreated by society and left out of the justice system. She participates in an immigration clinic as a law clerk and provides free direct legal services to people who qualify for humanitarian relief as the result of substantially physical or emotion violence.
In her free time, Haley serves on a regional council for NARAL in Los Angeles where she helped gather local support for California policy initiatives by hosting community outreach events, canvasing for candidates endorsed by NARAL, and building coalitions with other non-profit organizations. In 2019, Haley helped get California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law two NARAL-sponsored bills: the College Student Right to Access Act (SB 24), which makes California the first state in the nation to expand abortion access to college campuses, and the Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act (SB 464), which will save lives by addressing bias in reproductive health care and reducing California’s high rates of pregnancy-related deaths among Black women. Haley hosted an educational event a women-owned independent bookstore in Los Angeles where she discussed the passages of those two pieces legislation and engage activists in NARALs agendas for the 2020 campaign cycle. Haley is a board member on the Homeless prevention law project which ensures that vulnerable populations who utilize social services are being treated with respect and according to the guidelines of the health and human services department.
She helped coordinate a book drive for the Jacaranda Foundation, and organization in Malawi that provides free education to 400 orphans who have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS and was able to raised enough money to help build a library for the Malawi community. She also helped organize a book drive on campus to send to the school for students to use. She spent her 2019 summer as a volunteer legal clerk working with low- and no-income families on family law issues like divorce, paternal rights, custody, and domestic violence. She volunteered with the legal aid foundation in Santa Monica to provide free consultation and advice to indigent folks with housing issues.
Haley also went to Downey City Council meetings to provide legal observation and reporting on the violence black lives matters (BLM-LA) activists encountered when trying to attend public meetings where they demanded justice for their murdered brothers by the Downey Police. She also attended Los Angeles demonstrations in support of the BLM-LA initiative #JackieLaceyMustGo and demanded accountability from the Los Angeles D.A. who, since taking office in 2012, according to Black Lives Matter LA, has allowed the death of over 400 people killed by law enforcement (or died in custody) in the county during Lacey’s tenure. But she has charged only one man, Luke Liu, a deputy in the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, for shooting an unarmed man while on duty. On her first day of winter break 2019, she supported the National Healthcare Workers union in sharing the difficulty she has had obtaining mental health care services from Kaiser via the #KaiserDontDeny movement.
Haley also volunteers at a health care clinic where she runs interference between patients and zealots who seeks to bully people from accessing healthcare. Haley applied for law school while working at a rehabilitation center which exposed her to the unscrupulous world of drug treatment providers and the abuse addicts experience. Because of the shady business practices she witnessed, she was determined to become legally empowered to defend the vulnerable and make the world more just. This summer, she will be doing exactly that while she works as a volunteer legal clerk for a Federal Judge adjudicating employee claims against employers.
She is committed to service and has taken the steps to ensure she can be an active community member and leader in ensuring Los Angeles achieved equity for all of its people. She has dedicated her life to helping the most vulnerable populations. She hopes to work for a non-profit focused on women and children’s rights when she graduates to ensure a fairer and more equitable world where people are able to make the best choices for themselves so that they may live full and productive lives.
~AJ Murillo & Jennifer Marie