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Bay Area Anti Repression Committee
The Bay Area Anti-Repression Committee (ARC) stands against political repression and is in solidarity with all those who challenge the state, capitalism, white supremacy, and all other forms of systemic oppression. We provide support for actions that are anti-racist, anti-patriarchal, anti-imperialist, and anti-capitalist. Our work comes in the form of education, information and referrals.We work directly with the National Lawyers Guild SF chapter to provide court and jail support as well as manage a bail fund that we use to bail out people arrested at actions and demonstrations. Priority is given to those who are the most at risk of being targeted – Black and Brown people, transgender people – and those who do not have the resources to post their own bail. ARC maintains this bail fund so we can serve as a community resource and as an integral aspect in building a culture of solidarity. We believe that extending solidarity to those that the state criminalizes the most is a basic and practical assault on white supremacy, both within our movements and in society in general. We see our work as part of the larger struggle of abolishing prisons and police.
Prisoner Advocacy Network
The Prison Advocacy Network (PAN) is a volunteer network of activists, attorneys, legal workers, and law students. We are supervised by attorneys and thus operate under attorney-client privilege and can use legal mail. PAN is an advocacy network, not a litigation team.
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We Know Our Rights
Designed to equip communities with practical information to protect themselves from unlawful arrests through tools that spark conversation, education and online engagement, We Know Our Rights is an important tool to help build our collective resistance across the country.
Derechos is the first installment of We Know Our Rights. Derechos, comprised of three short vignettes, depicts scenarios based upon actual encounters between immigrants and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. Filmed with a cast and crew that is 80% LatinX, the vignettes in Derechos portray tense interactions with ICE agents and illustrate how to best respond when faced with intimidating and/or threatening situations.
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NLGSF works closely with coalitions and working groups to strengthen movement building and resistance in the Bay Area. Below are two programs that we are currently helping coordinate:
Immigration Court Observation Program
The Immigration Court Observation Program (ICOP) of the National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Chapter seeks to bring greater transparency and accountability to immigration court by training volunteers to attend and observe immigration court hearings and document any violations of immigrants’ due process rights.
Immigration Court Observation Program (ICOP)
The Immigration Court Observation Program (ICOP) trains law students and other volunteers to attend and observe detained immigration court bond and master calendar hearings and to document violations of immigrants’ due process rights. Observation is particularly needed now because many of the judges in San Francisco Immigration Court are recent appointees. Although immigration court hearings are open to the public, few people attend to observe these proceedings. There is no right to public counsel in immigration court with limited exceptions and, therefore, only 15% of immigrants in detention are represented by attorneys. This means that the vast majority of immigrants have no choice but to go up against the Department of Homeland Security attorneys on their own. By maintaining a constant presence in San Francisco Immigration Court, ICOP keeps pressure on judges to hold them accountable, helps make court hearings more transparent and identifies any needs and trends in immigration court that impact immigrants’ due process rights.
Ready to start volunteering as an immigration court observer?
Volunteering as an observer starts with requesting a training from us. Training includes an overview of immigration court proceedings and deportation/removal process, as well as important things to note while observing. Once trained, volunteers can immediately start attending immigration court hearings and submitting observation data.
If you’re part of a group or organization that would like to start sending observer teams to San Francisco court hearings, request a training to get started. Volunteers must commit to a minimum of weekly 3 hour observations, for 6-8 consecutive weeks.
Current ICOP observers
*Remember to submit one observation sheet per individual observed.
The Mentorship Program seeks to cultivate future generations of radical and progressive lawyers and legal workers through regular programming, social gatherings and a mentor match program. The Mentor Match Program pairs new lawyers and law students seeking guidance with Guild attorney mentors looking to share their experiences and knowledge with those newer to the profession.