Hundreds will attend our annual Testimonial Dinner on April 5th at the Oakland Marriott City Center. We will honor Anne Weills and Dan Siegel as Champions of Justice, Zahra Billoo as Unsung Hero, and the Prison Hunger Strikers and Hunger Strike Solidarity Committee as Partners in Liberation.
Early in the morning of June 28, 2009, Honduras President Mel Zelaya was removed from his home and the presidency by the military in an illegal coup d’etat. People were furious and took to the streets. After months of protests, which were met by police brutality and repression, the new military government held a presidential election on November 29th. Hondurans across the country boycotted the election and voter turnout was below 20%. Regardless, the military regime declared their candidate, Pepe Lobo, the newly elected president.
Based on an increasing number of reports regarding the disproportionate use of violence by police officers toward unarmed African-Americans and people of color, the National Lawyers Guild is deeply concerned that the presence of the Domain Awareness Center (“DAC”) will result in more violence and have a chilling impact on the participation of communities of color in civic engagement. We therefore respectfully request that the Oakland City Council vote against the award of the DAC Phase 2 contract to Schneider Electric at the March 4, 2014 council meeting.
It was a tremendous victory that on New Years Eve, our comrade, Lynne Stewart was ordered released from prison on compassionate grounds. She is now free, with her family in New York, and getting the treatment she needs. She should never have spent one second in prison.
Lynne was targeted as an attorney for representing a controversial client. She was targeted for providing the kind of defense that every client deserves but the government did not want this client to receive.
Chapter Vice President Sharon Adams was on Your Call to mark the 12th anniversary of the United States prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The latest National Defense Authorization Act eases restrictions on the transfer of detainees. Adams, along with guests Andy Worthington and Ramzi Kassem, discussed what that actually means, as well as who is being held there and what their experiences are like.