Today the National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (NLGSF) released a simple but critical piece of public education on undercover law enforcement, informants and cooperating witnesses. It's a Trap! provides basic information that everyone should know about the tactics of law enforcement, but that may be particularly important for political activists and those who are, or who are perceived to be, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim or South Asian.
SACRAMENTO – The City of Sacramento announced very late Wednesday that it would be dismissing all charges against City Hall Homeless Protest organizers James Clark (Faygo) and David Andre scheduled to begin today/Thursday – thereby denying the defendants a chance to expose the city's unlawful and discriminatory "camping" ordinance.
The National Lawyers Guild of Sacramento released this statement:
What is your background? Where did you start life and how did you end up in the Bay Area?
I am an Armenian immigrant, born in Yerevan. I was nine years old when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, which meant the entire dependent infrastructure in the former Soviet Socialist Republic of Armenia, nestled in Asia Minor/South Caucasus collapsed with it. Just as the country was going into economic depression, anti-Armenian pogroms in the neighboring country Azerbaijan were on the rise, largely repressed in post-Stalinist damaging decisions relating to the Armenian-majority autonomous region of Nagorno-Karabakh. A painful war broke out that left both sides in deep grief and nearly 30,000 people dead. To this day, the de facto republic is regarded as Azerbaijan’s territory.
Kevin Cooper, an African-American, was convicted in 1985 of murdering a white family of four in Chino Hills, San Bernardino County in June 1983. The investigation and trial of Mr. Cooper bore all of the hallmarks of racism and prosecutorial misconduct that plagues our criminal injustice system.