Membership Meeting

July 9, 2012

Subject: Issue Raised by the Mirkarimi Matter

There has been a lively debate among the chapter's Executive Board members and by others online regarding whether the chapter should take a position on the matter of San Francisco's suspended sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, and if so, what that position should be. The purpose of this membership meeting (open to all chapter members in good standing) is to further discuss some of the issues underlying the debate and to hear from knowledgeable presenters.

The event will begin at 6:30 PM at the Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics, 518 Valencia in San Francisco (walking distance from 16th Street BART).


Aliya Karmali, Chair of NLG's Anti-Sexism Committee & Carlos Villarreal, NLG SF Bay Area chapter Executive Director will provide a welcome and introduction Walter Riley & Sara Kershnar – moderators Eileen Hansen, former San Francisco Ethics Commissioner – panelist Kate Raphael, anti-violence advocate and activist – panelist Rachel Herzing, Critical Resistance organizer – panelist


Walter Riley grew up in Durham, North Carolina where he was a civil rights activist. Riley was a NAACP organizer and served as the Field Secretary for the Congress of Racial Equality for the Southeast Region of the US. In addition to being a labor, housing and welfare organizer across the Mid-West in the 1970s, he has been part of the Bay Area Free South Africa Movement, and was a leader in the fight against California Propositions 209 and 187. He has practiced a range of both criminal and civil law, including civil rights, employment discrimination, and police misconduct. Riley is a Board Member of the National Lawyers Guild - SF chapter, Global Exchange, Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute, Haiti Emergency Relief Fund, Berkeley Jazz School, and a Co-Chair of the John George Democratic Club.

Sara Kershnar is a founder and spent a decade on staff of GenerationFIVE, an organization that designed and implemented transformative justice approaches to child sexual abuse and other forms of intimate and community violence. She has a history in the harm reduction movement and is committed to community and justice based approaches to addressing violence and harm that does not rely on and fuel state-based violence and repression.

Eileen Hansen was appointed to SF’s Ethics Commission by the SF Board of Supervisors and served a six-year term, from 2005-2011. She is also a longtime community activist, a feminist who worked in the violence against women struggle in the 70s and 80s, and a member of the Guild who directed the Guild’s National AIDS Network in the 90s.

Kate Raphael is a Bay Area queer activist and anarcha-feminist with over 20 years' experience in the movement to end sexual and intimate violence. She is a former volunteer and board member of San Francisco Women Against Rape, and a producer on KPFA Radio Women's Magazine.

Rachel Herzing organizes with Critical Resistance, a national grassroots organization dedicated to abolishing the prison industrial complex.