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NLG-SF Testimonial Dinner in Honor of Anne Weills & Dan Siegel, 4/5/14: photos & audio
by Dave Id
Saturday Apr 12th, 2014 2:27 PM
The National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area chapter held their annual Testimonial Dinner at the Oakland Marriott on April 5. Over three hundred people attended the fundraising event. The dinner honored Anne Weills and Dan Siegel as Champions of Justice, Zahra Billoo as Unsung Hero, and the Prison Hunger Strikers and Hunger Strike Solidarity Committee as Partners in Liberation. (full audio and program below)
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[Photo of banner hanging behind ballroom stage which quotes from the NLG Mission Statement: The National Lawyers Guild is an association dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. We seek to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers of America in an organization which shall function as an effective political and social force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests.]



The local chapter of the NLG has offered pro bono legal support to countless people exercising their Free Speech rights in Northern California. If you yourself have not directly benefited from their free legal services over the years, odds are that you know a number of people who have. Consider supporting the tireless work of the NLG with a financial donation at http://www.nlgsf.org/contribute.

The San Francisco Bay Area NLG has been holding testimonial dinners since 1979. The previous dinner in 2013 honored civil rights attorney Walter Riley and concluded with a musical performance by The Coup, featuring Walter’s son Boots Riley.



[Disclosure: Michael Siegel and Siegel & Yee are currently representing this reporter in a civil suit against BART PD over a wrongful arrest at a 2011 protest at the Powell Street station. A trial is currently scheduled for September of 2014.]
§Full audio from 2014 NLG-SF Annual Testimonial Dinner
by Dave Id Saturday Apr 12th, 2014 2:27 PM
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Speaking at this year’s dinner were the following:


Sharon Adams, Vice President of SF Bay Area NLG chapter

MC Nadia Kayyali, NLG-SF and Electronic Frontier Foundation


Unsung Hero: Zahra Billoo

Zahra Billoo, Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) San Francisco Bay Area


Partners in Liberation: California Prison Hunger Strike Coalition Members and Family Members of Hunger Strikers

Azadeh Zhorabi, prisoner advocate, <a href="http://ellabakercenter.org”>Ella Baker Center, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
Marie Levin, prisoner advocate, whose brother, Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa (Ronnie Dewberry), has been imprisoned in Pelican Bay for 33 years, 30 of which have been in a solitary confinement Security Housing Unit (SHU), and helped to organize the recent prison hunger strikes


Champions of Justice: Dan Siegel & Anne Weills

Cat Brooks, Co-Chair, ONYX Organizing Committee
Michael Siegel, attorney at Siegel and Yee
Anne Weills & Dan Siegel (SiegelforOakland.org)
Nate Miley, Alameda County Supervisor (MileyforSupervisor.com)
§2014 Testimonial Dinner program
by Dave Id Saturday Apr 12th, 2014 2:27 PM

(60-page PDF)

The printed program booklet for the 2014 dinner includes fascinating testimonial stories and letters by the following:

David, Jonathan & Jesse Siegel (brothers)

Penny Matson (sister)

Robert Scheer (journalist, editor of Truthdig, former LA Times editor)

Narda Zachino (journalist, former SF Chronicle editor)

Michael Siegel (son)

Christopher Scheer (son/stepson)

Krystof Lopaur & Effie Rawlings (community organizers)

Ignacio Chapela (activist, faculty UC Berkeley)

Cat Brooks (ONYX Organizing Committee)

Davi Barker (writer, activist) — on Zahra Billoo

California Prison Hunger Strikers & The California Prison Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition
§Sharon Adams introduces the Testimonial Dinner
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§Master of Ceremonies Nadia Kayyali
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§Zahra Billoo poses with her Unsung Hero award and Nadia Kayyali
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§Honoree Zahra Billoo speaks
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For audio and photos of Zahra Billoo speaking at an "Isolation Units in U.S. Prisons panel discussion" in 2011, see http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/04/21/18677734.php
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§Honoree Azadeh Zhorabi speaks
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§Honoree Marie Levin speaks
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§Cat Brooks speaks
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§Honoree Anne Weills speaks
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§Dan Siegel applauds his wife Anne Weills
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§Honoree Dan Siegel speaks
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Dan Siegel Announces “Radical” Agenda If Elected Mayor of Oakland
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/01/16/18749313.php
§Anne and Dan pose with their Champions of Justice awards
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§Nate Miley
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