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Honoring Ann Fagan Ginger

Neither power outages nor fires dimmed the respect and admiration that brought folks out October 27 2019 when WILPF East Bay and San Francisco held a reception honoring long term WILPF member Ann Fagan Ginger.

Ann, Executive Director Emerita of Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute, MCLI, sentinel for human rights in Berkeley, California has successfully argued a civil liberties case in the U.S. Supreme Court. She has provided expert testimony for several U.N. Human Rights Committees, taught courses on Peace Law and Human Rights at a number of law schools and is now in the final editing of her 23rd book: Our 100 Human Rights.

When Ann spoke at our afternoon program she pointed out that few of us, especially our youth and children, are aware of all of our human rights, particularly those found in International Treaties. Our 100 Human Rights makes U.N. treaties accessible and describes each of the rights in these documents: U.S. Constitution Amendments, Statutes passed by Congress, Court Opinions, Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the U.N. Charter.

Walter Riley, MCLI Board President, spoke of Ann's continued work for peace and justice law through MCLI's involvement in local issues of housing, homelessness, and sex workers.

President of the San Francisco Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, NLG, and WILPF member, Judith Mirkinson acknowledged the relationship of international human rights and international law as the foundation of Ann's work and that women attorneys today stand on Ann's shoulders. NLG uses AFG's work to educate younger generations.

Past MCLI Board President, Steven Bingham talked of Ann's concept of using international law in American courts, of her remarkable tenacity and follow through as well as her books of history. He claimed: "Ann is a jewel in our midst!"[1]

Bay Area supports Siegel

Mike Siegel is coming to town on June 15 2019 for an event to build support for his congressional campaign in the Texas 10th Congressional District.

The event for Siegel, an Oakland native, is hosted by Guy Saperstein and Jeanine Saperstein, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, former Berkeley Mayor Gus Newport and actor and activist Danny Glover.

Siegel’s father, Dan Siegel, is an Oakland civil rights attorney and former Oakland School Board member who ran for mayor in 2014.

A progressive Democrat, Siegel has spent 20 years in public service as a school teacher and civil rights lawyer. In 2018, as the Democratic nominee in TX-10, Siegel garnered national publicity when he successfully pushed Waller County to reverse vote suppression policies that threatened the voting rights of students at Prairie View A&M, an HBCU.

Other Bay Area supporters of Mike Siegel include Sen. Loni Hancock (ret.), Anne Butterfield Weills , Dan Siegel, the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), Paul Kranz, Sal Rosselli, Gay Plair Cobb, Walter Riley, Marc van der Hout and Jody LeWitter.

“I am grateful for the broad base of support we have received in our campaign to flip this seat. Through the 2018 election I narrowed the Republican incumbent’s advantage from 19 percent to 4 percent, running on a progressive platform including demands for universal healthcare, just taxation, an end to the War on Drugs, and a Green New Deal. Now, the Texas 10th is a national battleground district, and I am running again to finish the job.”[2]

Bay Area New Priorities Campaign

Initiating signers, Bay Area New Priorities Campaign were;

Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute

As of January 2013, board members of the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute, were listed as:[4]