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.
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)
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.
The next Mentorship Committee meeting will be at 6pm on May 22 in Oakland. .
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.
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.
The Demonstrations Committee will meet on May 15 at 6:00pm. We will be discussing legal support for past and future demonstrations.
Global Exchange, World Press Association, and the National Lawyers Guild present:
Â¡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 ChÃ¡vez Code" and "Bush vs. ChÃ¡vez: Washington's War on Venezuela".
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Galeria de la Raza
2857 24th St. @ Bryant
Doors at 6:00pm
Program begins at 7:00pm
By CARLOS VILLARREAL
Central to the debate on immigration has been the appeal to law and order. But behind all the propaganda about respect for the law the core of the anti-immigration movement is about bigotry. Not surprisingly, the laws they appeal to are, in word and practice, unjust and barbaric.
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.