The Guild & Free Speech - Membership Meeting & Election

November 8, 2012

The Guild and Free Speech: How does the NLG approach free speech and the 1st Amendment in an unequal world? The NLG prefers to call itself a "human rights" organization rather than a "civil liberties" organization, but members may have a range of views on the regulation of free speech.

5:30pm - 8:30pm
Voting begins at 5:30pm
Discussion begins at 6pm
518 Valencia in San Francisco - The Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics

In early 2010, UC Irvine administrators punished 11 students from the Muslim Student Association at UC Irvine with academic suspension and arrest for speaking out during the speech of Israeli diplomat Michael Oren, criticizing Israel's January 2009 bombing attack on the Gaza strip. In 2011, a team of Guild lawyers, law students, and legal workers, and allies, represented the interests of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), in the face of lawsuits attempting to force the UCs to prohibit SJP's criticism of Israel as allegedly "anti-semitic." Recently, the SF MUNI accepted and ran hateful ads on the sides of city buses calling Palestinians "savages". The hateful bus ads caused many Guild members to consider when, if ever, should the NLG call for restrictions on speech and how should we balance such a position with one that vigorously defends the right to dissent?

A panel, including Eyad Kishawi and Alia Ghabra of the Arab Resource Organizing Center, Rachel Roberts of CAIR, Alan Schlosser of the ACLU-NC, Dan Siegel, and Nina Farnia will discuss the issue and encourage input from the broader membership. Critical topics, such as countering hate speech, civil disobedience, and the role of the state in regulating speech, will be explored.

This will also be the location for members to vote in chapter elections. Please join us for a lively discussion and to cast your ballot!

Co-sponsored by the Arab Resource Organizing Center.