Prominent Iranian Professionals Refused Entry and Detained at SFO

Sharif (Aryamehr) University of Technology and the NLG held a press conference on August 4, 2006, to protest the Bush Administration's decision to refuse entry at the San Francisco Airport yesterday, and to detain, at least ten or more prominent Iranian professionals destined for the 4th International Reunion of Sharif University of Technology Association at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Santa Clara, CA.

National Lawyers Guild Condemns Jailing of Journalist Blogger

On August 1, 2006, federal Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California found 24-year-old independent journalist Joshua Wolf in contempt after he declined to comply with an order to turn over his videotape of a year-old San Francisco protest to a federal grand jury. Wolf was denied bail and immediately taken into custody. The National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area (NLGSF) condemns this attack on the independent media and activists. Read on for the full press release.

Updates on Josh's support can be found at http://freejosh.pbwiki.com.

National Lawyers Guild Condemns Attack on News Gathering

Local Prosecutors Circumvent State Journalist Protections With Federal Grand Jury

A federal grand jury continues to target a San Francisco independent journalist in an attempt to force him to turn over materials that would normally be protected by the California's Reporter Shield Law. A second subpoena was issued to Josh Wolf by an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigations this Monday after a Federal court denied his request to quash a previous, similar subpoena. He has been ordered to testify before the Federal grand jury this Thursday at 1:15 p.m. and to produce unpublished portions of a videotape documenting a protest that occurred in San Francisco's Mission District last year.

The National Lawyers Guild will host a press conference at noon on Thursday, June 15 th in front of the Federal Building – where the grand jury will convene – 450 Golden Gate in San Francisco.

The Guild Attempts to Halt Federal Grand Jury

The National Lawyers Guild and attorneys with Oakland-based Siegel & Yee filed a motion to quash a federal grand jury convened earlier this year. A press conference took place March 30, 2006 on the steps of the San Francisco Federal Building (450 Golden Gate) followed by the hearing on the matter at in Federal District Court. The Grand Jury has attempted to subpoena an independent journalist's videotape of a Mission District protest that occurred on July 8th of 2005. Read the full press release here or the motion to quash.

Get Trained as a Legal Observer

The next demonstrations committee meeting will be Tuesday, May 16th at 6pm at the Guild office (558 Capp St. btwn 20th & 21st in the Mission). The Guild will hold a Legal Observer training in May. Students, legal workers and attorneys all welcome. For a full list of legal support trainings offered by the Guild please click here

A Know Your Rights Training for Trainers will be held by the Midnight Special Law Collective. The training teaches people how to give our \"Know Your Rights\" training. We show how to use brainstorms, role plays, and facilitated discussion to teach people their rights and how the police trick you out of them. It also teaches some of the fundamentals of giving trainings, including presentation skills, facilitation techniques, and how to act like a cop. If you are interested, please RSVP to trainings@midnightspecial.net or 510-261-4843.

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