The National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (NLGSF) stands with the thousands of activists across the country taking a stand for Black lives. For decades, we have defended the Black Panther Party and its members in the courts and on the streets, and we will continue to work in principled solidarity with our comrades in struggle and defend activists who take a stand for racial justice today.
A message from our executive director.
I’ve been the Executive Director of the Bay Area chapter since the fall of 2004. Now, I’m moving on to a job with the City of San Francisco and the chapter will soon begin the search for new staff. I feel incredibly lucky to have stumbled upon the opportunity of working for the NLG. Imagine getting paid to work for the organization you’ve already been putting tons of energy into. Plus, I moved here from Texas (as a life-long resident) for the job, so it was not just an employment opportunity, but also a life-changing opportunity to live in the Bay Area.
City Must Refund Excessive Fees Charged for Body Camera Footage
OAKLAND, Calif. - In a first-of-its-kind decision and a victory for police accountability and transparency, an Alameda County judge has ruled that a public agency can't charge excessive fees for police body worn camera footage.
Law for the People Intern
In June, the National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (NLGSF) worked with San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos to push for more far-reaching police reform. The move came after several killings by San Francisco police officers, ongoing scandals, and the forced resignation of police chief Greg Suhr. The measure would withhold SFPD funding until certain measures are met.
Carlos Sanchez* has been in solitary confinement for almost 15 years. During that time, Mr. Sanchez has been an activist against the conditions in which he has been forced to live after being accused of being a gang associate in January 2002. The claim of the CDCR is that Mr. Sanchez would be unsafe in the general population. In December of 2015, the Prisoner Advocacy Network (PAN) paired Mr. Sanchez with an advocate. The advocate has since been working closely with Mr. Sanchez. As a result of this partnership, Mr. Sanchez was able to kiss his wife for the first time in over 20 years. He has also been given some time in the yard and dayroom with a select group of others. For the first time in over 14 years Mr. Sanchez has been able to play basketball and chess with another human being.
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