President Wong: We are writing on behalf of the National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (NLGSF), to express our serious concern about your statements regarding the November 7 student celebration of the Edward Said mural, and to urge you to uphold academic freedom by Palestinian students and faculty against outside political pressure.
Our chapter election results are in. Beginning January 1, we will have new board officers: Chapter President Rachel Lederman, and Chapter Vice President Sharon Adams will join Chapter Treasurer Nina Farnia, and Chapter Secretary Ming Wong, who were re-elected. Eight at-large members will begin new terms as well: Kelly Densmore, Michael Flynn, Peter Franck, Sara Kershnar, Marcus Kryshka, Matt Nelson, Walter Riley, and Matthew Rinaldi. A proposed bylaw amendment was narrowly defeated.
On October 8, Lynne Stewart spent her 74th birthday in prison while Guild members and activists rallied across the country for her release. Stewart was a New York attorney, Guild member, and frequent speaker at our annual conventions. She was convicted of conspiracy and providing material support to terrorists in 2005; the underlying act, however, was simply the public release of a statement from her client. In San Francisco, on the 8th, we gathered in front of Senator Dianne Feinstein's office in the Financial District.
Sacramento – Five peace advocates who peacefully protested the Obama Administration’s use of killer drones to kill innocent civilians, including children, were found guilty in U.S. Circuit Court here after the judge in the case disregarded key evidence, and refused to allow a jury to hear the case, according to a court observer.
Pro bono lawyers obtained by the National Lawyers Guild of Sacramento represented four of the five activists, and said that civil disobedience suffered a “terrible fate” as a result of the verdict.
Executive Board member Sharon Adams reports on the "Summer Heat" protest in Richmond, California.