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Black Lives Matter activists and journalists sue Berkeley cops for protest beatings

Raw Story (via Reuters)
November 23, 2015

Protesters and journalists covering a Black Lives Matter rally in Berkeley, California, have filed a lawsuit alleging “unconstitutional police attacks” on attendees, court records showed.

The civil rights lawsuit was filed in federal court on Sunday by the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the National Lawyers Guild against the city and police of Berkeley and nearby Hayward. The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages.

11 file federal lawsuit against city of Berkeley for injuries during December protests

The Daily Californian
November 23, 2015

Eleven individuals who were allegedly injured by police officers during last December’s Black Lives Matter protests filed a civil rights lawsuit against various city entities in federal court Sunday.

Among the plaintiffs are campus senior Nisa Dang, San Francisco Chronicle photographer Sam Wolson and minister Cindy Pincus. The plaintiffs are being represented by various legal counsels from the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, or NLG.

An urgent call: Return former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to Haiti

The San Francisco Bay View
January 23, 2011

Haiti Action Committee is honored to post this full-page ad that appeared Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, in the Miami Herald, echoing the call of Haiti’s democratic movement for the return of President Aristide.

Signed by hundreds of people, it demands that the United States, the United Nations and the Haitian government stop blocking President Aristide from returning to the land of his birth.

The text of the ad and a list of signers appear below.

Police raise safety concerns ahead of holiday events downtown
November 23, 2015

SEATTLE - Seattle Police are raising safety concerns ahead of Friday's annual tree lighting ceremony and other holiday festivities at Westlake Center.

They are warning shoppers and families that protesters could crash the party again this year after online fliers began circulated calling for a 'Black Lives Matter' protest on the same day.

Last year, a similar protest forced Westlake Center to close early on Black Friday.

NLG Groups Speak Out against U.S. Response to Syrian and Iraqi Refugee Crisis

Photo: Ethnic Kurds from Syria attempt to cross the Turkish border. John Stanmeyer/National Geographic

The Anti-Racism Committee (ARC), The United People of Color Caucus (TUPOCC), and the National Immigration Project (NIP) of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) stand in solidarity with Syrian and Iraqi refugees who seek protection in the United States, and oppose recent actions by Congress and states to block these refugees from settling here.

Protesters Sue Berkeley Police for Violence

Courthouse News
November 25, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Berkeley and Hayward police clubbed and gassed protestors and journalists during a Dec. 6, 2014, demonstration against police brutality in Berkeley, 11 people say in a federal civil rights complaint.
     Curtis Johnson et al. say they joined the "March Against State Violence" protest in Berkeley three days after a New York grand jury refused to indict a white New York City police officer in the death of Eric Garner, a black man, who was illegally selling cigarettes.

Civil liberties advocates call on Seattle police to show restraint during Black Friday protests

Q13 Fox
November 24, 2015

SEATTLE -- It was an annual Seattle tradition that was disrupted last year when protesters drowned out the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Westlake Center. Seattle Police have said they’ll be ready to make arrests if things get out of hand. On Tuesday afternoon, demonstrators called on SPD to refrain from using violence.