Calling all activists, allies, and legal professionals! Join us for the NLG's annual #Law4thePeople Convention, October 21-25 in Oakland, CA for 5 days of panels, workshops, CLEs and camaraderie. This year, our Keynote Speaker will be Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter and Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Programming will address topics including housing and labor rights, racial justice, police accountability, international law, and much more. Registration and other details are coming soon. RSVP on facebook to stay up-to-date on the latest news!
Newly released data on police stops confirms local activists' and communities' of color charges of racial profiling in Berkeley. Data on police stops in Berkeley from January 18, 2015 to August 12, 2015, collected by the Berkeley Police Department and disclosed in response to a Public Records Act (PRA) request, reveals a pattern of discriminatory conduct against African American and Latino civilians.
Engage in the Democratic Process!
The members of the National Lawyers Guild decide its direction, its policies, and its leadership. This is true at both the national and local levels. The Bay Area Chapter is preparing for its annual election and is seeking candidates for its Executive Board, as well as proposed changes to its bylaws. Here are some critical dates all members should be aware of:
Law for the People Intern
Alicia Garza will deliver the keynote address at the upcoming #Law4thePeople Convention, October 21st through the 25th in Oakland. Garza is most well known for co-founding #BlackLivesMatter in 2013. That movement was a response to the murder of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, and the latter’s subsequent acquittal. The movement however, is more than just a hash tag and is conscious of the multiple oppressions at work in society. As Garza stated in her October 2014 article for The Feminist Wire, “Black Lives Matter affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, Black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. It centers those that have been marginalized within Black liberation movements.”
Over 93% of prisoners leave prison and return to the community. In California, over 45,000 individuals leave prison each year. They are provided $200 cash, and have to use this money to pay the prison for clothing and the journey home. The Prisoner Reentry Network (PRN) was founded by NLGSF member Jared Rudolph to support these individuals, providing information and resources to individuals anticipating release from prison.