Tell UC Berkeley Law: Don't Honor Torture

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We are a group of Berkeley Law alumni and current students, community members, lawyers and other legal workers who are writing to you to express complete outrage and disappointment in Berkeley Law’s decision to honor John Yoo with an endowed faculty chair.

John Yoo is most notorious for his legal memos used to justify torture of detainees and warrantless domestic spying during the George W. Bush administration.

NLGSF Statement on Armory Arrests

The National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (NLGSF) condemns the actions of the SFPD officers on the scene at a protest in the Mission Saturday evening. We believe the officers acted irresponsibly and that this was an attack on free speech and freedom of expression, as well as the Guild’s legal observer program. We believe all charges against those arrested should be dropped and we are committed to taking all legal action necessary to stop these civil rights violations from recurring.

Guild Delegation Shines Spotlight on Detention of Palestinians

Chapter member and former National and Chapter President, Karen Jo Koonan, participated in a five person NLG delegation to Palestine from May 18-24. The following is an initial statement reporting on what the delegation learned. A full report will be presented to the NLG Convention in September.

Approximately 200 Palestinians from the West Bank have been held for months or years by Israeli occupation forces without access to a just legal system, members of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) learned in a fact-finding delegation from May 18-24, 2014. A formal report is forthcoming, but several observations merit preliminary mention.

In Memoriam: Guild Leader Jennie Rhine

The following is adapted from an article published in the chapter’s 2004 Testimonial Dinner journal honoring Jennie Rhine and Tom Meyer.

Longtime Guild-member Jennie Rhine passed away this May. A graduate of UC Hastings School of Law, Jennie graduated first in her class of 1969. She went on to take a number of activist cases and to organize with the National Lawyers Guild. After some years in private practice, she was elected judge and sat on the Alameda County bench for more than 20 years.

City College Students Injured at Campus Protest File Claims, Demand Chancellor Apologize for Police Violence

Students Vow to Continue Their Fight to Save City College as an Affordable, Accessible, Diverse and Democratic Community College

San Francisco – Otto Pippenger and Dimitrios Philliou, CCSF students who were injured and arrested in a violent attack on student demonstrators by San Francisco Police and City College Police on March 13, 2014, have filed tort claims against the City and County of San Francisco and against the San Francisco Community College District. Their attorney, National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area President Rachel Lederman, explained that the claims are required under state law as a first step before suing the City and County or the College and their employees in court.

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