Support Imprisoned Migrant Women and their Struggle for Freedom

Megan Rue
Law for the People Intern

The GEO Group recently opened the Mesa Verde Detention Facility, a 400-bed detention center located in Central California. The rural location of the Mesa Verde detention center will “make it virtually impossible for [lawyers] to represent the detained population,” according to Ilyce Shugall, an attorney with Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto. As the LA Times notes, the Mesa Verde detention center is located in a geographically isolated rural region where there aren’t immigration court judges, so people detained within will have their immigration court hearings via live video feeds.

NLG Joining the Fight Against Displacement and Police Violence

Rachel Lederman
Chapter President

The Mission neighborhood around the San Francisco Bay Area NLG office is an epicenter of gentrification. There’s the steady sound of construction of housing and entertainment for the 1%. A couple of blocks from our office, a classmate of my son’s is among dozens of families displaced by a recent huge fire that killed one person – fire escapes were locked and alarms not working. Next door to that still boarded up, blackened building, brand new luxury apartments gleam, unscathed. This was just one of a number of fires in our neighborhood over the past few years, prompting an investigation into whether landlords and speculators are using arson to get around San Francisco’s Rent Ordinance by clearing out low income tenants.

Cuba In Transition

Matthew Rinaldi
Executive Boardmember

“Today, the United States of America is changing its relationship with the people of Cuba.”

Barack Obama, speaking these words on December 17, 2014, initiated a three phase process. He traded three Cuban intelligence agents held in U.S. prisons for two U.S. agents held in Cuba, announced the beginning of diplomatic relations between the two countries along with a set of measures aimed at normalizing relations, including the relaxation of travel restrictions, and proclaimed a goal of ending the current U.S. blockade, calling it ineffective in achieving regime change in Cuba.

Meet Chapter Boardmember Kelly Densmore

What’s your history – your family and your journey to where you are now?

I grew up in a small town called Woodacre in West Marin. Having been raised in a queer family, by lesbian moms and a multi-racial, primarily working-class queer community, my activist roots sprouted when I began organizing for queer family rights as a natural way to stand up for my family, my community and myself.

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