On November 2, 2011, Occupy Oakland supporters called for a General Strike and Day of Action in response to OPD’s disastrous militarized assault on demonstrators on October 25, when veteran Scott Olsen was nearly killed by an OPD officer and many others were injured. On November 2, thousands of people marched to, and shut down, the Port of Oakland. Later that night, when demonstrators occupied an abandoned building, scores of police responded with dangerous Specialty Impact Munitions and explosive teargas grenades. Before the night was over, another veteran lost his spleen to a baton-wielding officer; Scott Campbell was shot in the groin while he was peacefully filming the police line; a seminary student was bombed with CS Blast grenades, sustaining a permanent auditory injury; and legal observers, medics and a journalist were arrested when they took shelter in an alcove to escape the barrage of munitions and teargas.
Since January 2nd, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has arrested at least 121 Central American asylum seekers and their children. These families, including young children, were pulled from their beds in pre-dawn raids, by ICE agents without warrants or consent.
Tasers a Flawed, and Potentially Dangerous, Response to Recent Killings
The National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (NLGSF) condemns the killing of Mario Woods by San Francisco police and opposes Chief Suhr's proposal to provide officers with tasers as a supposed solution to deadly police shootings. Instead, city leaders must prioritize the use of non-weaponized crisis intervention teams, stepped-up police accountability mechanisms, and aggressive solutions to the displacement of working-class communities of color.
On November 6th, 2015, the San Francisco and Hastings Chapters of the NLG organized a panel, “Lawyering for the People: Kevin Cooper, the Death Penalty and Mass Incarceration."
Mr. Cooper is an innocent man on death row in San Quentin, who was framed for the murder of a family of four in Chino Hills, San Bernardino in 1983. He called in to the panel from San Quentin and made the following statement.
Allan Brotsky, a long-time NLG member, mentor to many, and legal legend, passed away on November 30, 2015. It is a great loss for the Guild.