Farewell but Not Goodbye: Celebration and send off for Carlos Villarreal, Executive Director of the National Lawyer's Guild

July 21, 2016

Thursday July 21, 5-8pm Classic Cars West and Hella Vegan Eats 411 26th Street, Oakland

Farewell but Not Goodbye: Celebration and send off for Carlos Villarreal, Executive Director of the National Lawyer's Guild

NLG Police and Prisons Committee fundraiser supporting the Prisoner Advocacy Network

Suggested Donation to PAN $5 - $20

Support the NLG in advocating for jailhouse lawyers and activists in solitary confinement!

NLGSF Stands With Black Lives Matter and Other Black Activists in Their Demand for Dignity, Justice and Respect

The National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (NLGSF) stands with the thousands of activists across the country taking a stand for Black lives. For decades, we have defended the Black Panther Party and its members in the courts and on the streets, and we will continue to work in principled solidarity with our comrades in struggle and defend activists who take a stand for racial justice today.

Progressive Law Day Meet Up

July 12, 2016

The NLGSF Progressive Law Day Committee invites you to meet other lefty law students living in the Bay Area this summer. We will be gathering for happy hour (5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.) at Mad Oak bar 135 12th Street in Downtown Oakland (Lake Merritt BART) on July 12, 2016 to discuss our plans for this year's NLGSF student conference.

Farewell! Though I’m Not Going Anywhere

A message from our executive director.

I’ve been the Executive Director of the Bay Area chapter since the fall of 2004. Now, I’m moving on to a job with the City of San Francisco and the chapter will soon begin the search for new staff. I feel incredibly lucky to have stumbled upon the opportunity of working for the NLG. Imagine getting paid to work for the organization you’ve already been putting tons of energy into. Plus, I moved here from Texas (as a life-long resident) for the job, so it was not just an employment opportunity, but also a life-changing opportunity to live in the Bay Area.

Join Us In Left Field!

July 15, 2016

Join us in left field when the A's play the Toronto Blue Jays, Friday 15 July. Tickets are sliding scale $30-60, and get you field level tickets, an A's hat, and an opportunity to hang out with your NLG friends!

Every dollar paid above $40 goes to benefit NLG, so please be generous!

Click here to register.

At this time, we only have 25 tickets, but if demand is higher, and we have time, we can add more. Please register ASAP, and help spread the word!

Bay Area Chapter Supports Meaningful Accountability for SFPD

Rose Paxton
Law for the People Intern

In June, the National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (NLGSF) worked with San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos to push for more far-reaching police reform. The move came after several killings by San Francisco police officers, ongoing scandals, and the forced resignation of police chief Greg Suhr. The measure would withhold SFPD funding until certain measures are met.

Victories and Challenges: The First Few Months of the Prisoner Advocacy Network

Julia Althoff

Carlos Sanchez* has been in solitary confinement for almost 15 years. During that time, Mr. Sanchez has been an activist against the conditions in which he has been forced to live after being accused of being a gang associate in January 2002. The claim of the CDCR is that Mr. Sanchez would be unsafe in the general population. In December of 2015, the Prisoner Advocacy Network (PAN) paired Mr. Sanchez with an advocate. The advocate has since been working closely with Mr. Sanchez. As a result of this partnership, Mr. Sanchez was able to kiss his wife for the first time in over 20 years. He has also been given some time in the yard and dayroom with a select group of others. For the first time in over 14 years Mr. Sanchez has been able to play basketball and chess with another human being.

Click below to contribute to the Prisoner Advocacy Network

California Court Publishes Decision Granting Relief to Inmate Disciplined For Hunger Strike

Taeva Shefler and Kim Rohrbach

Jorge Gomez spent over a decade in Pelican Bay State Prison’s Security Housing Unit (SHU) at the time of California’s historic 2013 Prisoner Hunger Strike. Launched in early July 2013, the strike was to protest torturous and inhumane conditions at Pelican Bay’s SHU and at other isolation/segregation units throughout the state. Over 30,000-plus incarcerated persons participated at its height, with many refusing food for as long as two months. In the early days of the 2013 Prisoner Hunger Strike, Mr. Gomez refused up to twelve consecutive meals. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) struck back, on July 16, 2013, by issuing him a Rules Violation Report (CDC 115). Hundreds, if not thousands, of other prisoners also received 115s for their participation in the strike.

Organize With the Guild to Support Political Prisoners

Judith Mirkinson
Chapter Vice President

Since its inception the NLG has defended those targeted by the state, victims of political repression and political prisoners. This practice has continued to this day. However, many of our prisoners, once incarcerated are somewhat forgotten, their legal and political needs not met. The US continues to keep imprisoned former Black Panthers and Black liberation fighters, many of them victims of COINTELPRO. Most have been in jail for more than 4 decades and have gone to the parole board countless times only to be turned down again and again. Herman Bell, Jalil Muntaqin, Sundiata Acoli, Mumia Abu-Jamal and Mutulu Shakur are just a few examples. Native American leader Leonard Peltier and Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera remain incarcerated despite national and international calls for their release.

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