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"...to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests."
The National Lawyers Guild is an association dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. The Guild unites lawyers, law students, and legal workers as an effective political and social force in the service of the people. Our aims:
to eliminate racism;
to safeguard and strengthen the rights of workers, women, farmers and minority groups, upon whom the welfare of the entire nation depends;
to maintain and protect our civil rights and liberties in the face of persistent attacks upon them;
to use the law as an instrument for the protection of the people, rather than for their repression.
Protecting Civil Liberties in the Wake of September 11, 2001
The SF Chapter has been at the forefront in the Bay Area in the defense against the government's attack on civil liberties in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, assaults on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
The Chapter printed and distributed 35,000 Know Your Rights brochures, in English, Farsi, Arabic, and Spanish, outlining basic civil liberties to which individuals are entitled in the event of questioning or investigation by the FBI or other government agencies. Chapter Program Director Riva Enteen has become a much sought after public spokesperson on the issue both on the airwaves and in print.
As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chapter emerged as a leading national resource for individuals targeting by government and police questioning, harassment, and detentions by spearheading its 24-Hour NLG Bay Area Legal Hotline in November 2001. The Chapter trained a packed house of attorneys and legal workers to staff the hotline, providing crucial information about the legal rights of clients faced with post September 11 INS detentions, FBI calls and visits, and grand jury subpoenas. With the invaluable assistance of the Immigration Committee and other Guild volunteers the Hotline (415-285-1041) continues to field calls on a daily basis.
The chapter has an active Demonstrations Committee which recently dealt with coord. and providing representation to over 2,500 anti war demonstrators arrested this spring.