City of Sacramento Won't Put Unlawful Camping Ordinance on Trial, Dismisses Criminal Charges Against City Hall Protest Organizers on Eve of Trials

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:

An Interview with Chapter Boardmember Hasmik Geghamyan

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.

Updates From the Stanford NLG Chapter

Amy L Tannenbaum

The Stanford NLG has had a great first year back in business! We kicked off the year by organizing two panels for the Shaking the Foundations conference, Stanford’s west coast answer to RebLaw. Our two panels were on gentrification in the Bay Area and on how attorneys can effectively work with organizers in the Movement for Black Lives. We also held a disorientation program for 1Ls about getting oriented to law school, mostly intended to build a sense of progressive student community on campus. Throughout the fall quarter, we ran a campaign sending out weekly notices to the student body on “news you might have missed,” highlighting new stories on issues we care about that received less mainstream attention and adding commentary on how students can take action.

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