Relaunching an Economic Rights Task Force

The National Lawyers Guild has nearly twenty committees and task forces but none that deals with many of the economic justice issues confronting legal aid and other public interest law firms: welfare benefits, family law for survivors of domestic violence, health law, consumer law, education law, youth and elder law, to name a few. Only two committees, the Disability Rights Committee and the Labor and Employment Committees do work that forms the core of legal services work.

In the early 1980’s, a handful of people, including legendary legal aid lawyer Evelyn Frank and Art Heitzer, began the Guild’s Economic Rights Task Force. As part of ERTF’s early work in 1984, ERTF took on Gov. Pete Wilson and his welfare-bashing initiative, Proposition 41, which would have cut welfare benefits nearly in half. The Guild became an active member of Campaign for a Fair Share, a state-wide grassroots organization composed mainly of housing and homeless advocacy group and welfare recipients. Due to great community organizing around the State, Prop 41 was defeated by a 3-1 margin.

Homeless Man Attacked by Police Released from Jail

Charges Reduced After Videos Surface Showing 'Out-of-Control' Police

SACRAMENTO – A homeless protestor brutalized during a controversial arrest February 20th at the 80-day long homeless protest at City Hall was released Thursday without bail after multiple felony charges of battery on a police officer were reduced to simple misdemeanors, according to the National Lawyers Guild.

Doris Brin Walker Law Reform Committee

February 9, 2016

The Doris Brin Walker Law Reform Committee will meet in the East Bay on Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m. at Tamarindo Antojeria, 468 - 8th St., Oakland (between Broadway and Washington), very close to the 12th St. BART stop. We will discuss 4 proposed resolutions for the State Bar Conference of Delegates, and welcome others. The 4 proposed are (1) end solitary confinement; (2) ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; (3) law study without law school (and crushing debts); and, (4) marijuana legalization and regulation.

NLG Lawyers Fight to Overturn Occupy Conviction in Case Demonstrating the Limits of Police Body Cameras

On November 2, 2011, Occupy Oakland supporters called for a General Strike and Day of Action in response to OPD’s disastrous militarized assault on demonstrators on October 25, when veteran Scott Olsen was nearly killed by an OPD officer and many others were injured. On November 2, thousands of people marched to, and shut down, the Port of Oakland. Later that night, when demonstrators occupied an abandoned building, scores of police responded with dangerous Specialty Impact Munitions and explosive teargas grenades. Before the night was over, another veteran lost his spleen to a baton-wielding officer; Scott Campbell was shot in the groin while he was peacefully filming the police line; a seminary student was bombed with CS Blast grenades, sustaining a permanent auditory injury; and legal observers, medics and a journalist were arrested when they took shelter in an alcove to escape the barrage of munitions and teargas.

Police and Prisons Meeting

April 14, 2016

The next gathering of our Committee on Police & Prisons will be:

Thursday, April 14th, 6:30 p.m., 1201 MLK Jr. Way, Suite #200 in Oakland.

The National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter's Committee on Police & Prisons exists to challenge oppressive practices, policies and laws of law enforcement, prisons and jails used against communities of color, prisoners, and others. It does so by supporting community activists and building member capacity to support and be a part of movements for human rights and civil liberties. It's priorities include:

Police and Prisons Meeting

March 14, 2016

The next gathering of our Committee on Police & Prisons will be:

Thursday, March 14th, 6:30 p.m., location TBA.

The National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter's Committee on Police & Prisons exists to challenge oppressive practices, policies and laws of law enforcement, prisons and jails used against communities of color, prisoners, and others. It does so by supporting community activists and building member capacity to support and be a part of movements for human rights and civil liberties. It's priorities include:

Police and Prisons Committee Meeting

February 11, 2016

The next gathering of our Committee on Police & Prisons will be:

Thursday February 11th, 6:30 p.m., 1201 MLK at 12th. Accessible building.

The National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter's Committee on Police & Prisons exists to challenge oppressive practices, policies and laws of law enforcement, prisons and jails used against communities of color, prisoners, and others. It does so by supporting community activists and building member capacity to support and be a part of movements for human rights and civil liberties. It's priorities include:

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