“Terrorism Enhancements” Unnecessary, Excessive, and Chilling to Free Speech

Eugene The National Lawyers Guild calls the terrorism sentencing enhancement issued to Daniel McGowan yesterday an unnecessary and excessive government tactic to discourage the exercise of free speech. U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken sentenced McGowan to seven years in prison, calling one of the fires an act of terrorism because of a communication issued after the first that referred to potential legislation aimed at activists (which would indicate an attempt to influence the government). McGowan was one of four defendants who plead guilty with the understanding that they would not implicate others who took part in similar actions.

Protest Immigration Proposal

June 1, 2007

As you've probably heard, the US Senate is currently debating an immigration proposal that would be devastating to immigrant communities. Among other things, it would require families to separate in order to apply for residency, it would fail to provide legalization to the vast majority of undocumented folks, it further criminalizes immigrants, creates a new Bracero Program, and would further militarize the US/Mexico border. No bill is better than this bill!

Friday, June 1, 11-1, Press Conference and Direct Action at Sen. Feinstein's Office, 1 Post St. (At Montgomery BART)

Bay Area Military Law Panel

May 29, 2007

The next BAMLP meeting will be Tuesday, May 29, 2007, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, at Jane Kaplan's office, 3050 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA [Between Ashby and Alcatraz. (Kitty corner to Starry Plough & La Pena)].

We will have a guest presentation from Elinor Roberts of Swords to Plowshares who will discuss: Consequences of Discharges on VA Benefits and Discharge Upgrade Issues. Other agenda items will include a report on MLTF business and case discussion.

All are encouraged to attend.

NLGSF Opposes Senate "Compromise" on Immigration

This week the Senate is debating immigration legislation that would create enormous and expensive barriers to legalization, create a new program of indentured servitude for big business, further degrade due process rights for immigrants, increase militarization of our borders, and largely accept the terms of the debate set by organizations like the racist Minutemen and right-wing cable news and radio show hosts.

In California let Senators Dainne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer know that no legislation is better than this awful legislation.

The Impact Fund's Fourteenth Anniversary Reception

May 17, 2007

From 5:30pm-7:30pm at The Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco.

Honorees will include:

  • Anna Deavere Smith, the renowned actress, playwright, teacher and author for her portrayal of racial tension and its effect on society. Her one woman show "Twilight: Los Angeles," about the 1992 Los Angeles riots, received two Tony nominations. She is also well known for her continuing role on The West Wing as the Secretary of State.

¡Venezuela en Movimiento!

May 12, 2007

Global Exchange, World Press Association, and the National Lawyers Guild present:

¡Venezuela en Movimiento! A perspective of Chavez's Venezuela through the eyes of photojournalists Brian Frank, Darcy Holdorf, and Amy Siemers.

Featuring keynote speaker Eva Gollinger, attorney and author of "The Chávez Code" and "Bush vs. Chávez: Washington's War on Venezuela".

Saturday, May 12, 2007
Galeria de la Raza
2857 24th St. @ Bryant
San Francisco

Doors at 6:00pm
Program begins at 7:00pm

March for Immigrants Rights May 1

May 1, 2007

On Tuesday, May 1, 2007 Immigrant and Workers' Rights groups will gather at Dolores Park at 12pm on the first anniversary of the Great Boycott of 2006, followed by the Grand March for Unconditional Amnesty to Civic Center at 1p.m. On this day the many contributions to society that the immigrant workers provide will be highlighted and applauded and we are reminded that immigrants and workers are one and the same. There will also be protests and marches in the East Bay. We need everyone to come out and support the immigrant community on May 1.


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