Dear BALIF Member:
If you walk outside, turn on the news, or access social media, you are aware that we are in the midst of an unprecedented moment in history. The protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd have galvanized wide swaths of the country to coalesce against systemic racism, police brutality, and abuse of force. Along with putting out a Call to Action and condemning police brutality, the Board is planning concrete actions to address these issues from within. To that end BALIF has voted to make a monetary donation of $1,800 distributed to Black Lives Matter, the Transgender Gender-Variant & Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP), and Flying Over Walls/SF Chapter Black & Pink. Several of our Board Members have also made individual donations to these and other organizations. We encourage those of you who can to do the same. Below you will find a list of suggested organizations in addition to the recipients of BALIF’s donation.
BALIF is planning a forum for our members to address the ways in which we can support Black and African American communities and to take action towards our stated commitments in our Call to Action. We are also exploring avenues to train BALIF members to provide legal defense to those arrested during protests and serve as legal observers. Please be on the lookout for more information about these opportunities.
BALIF has also organized a remote/telephone pro bono clinic in partnership with the Oakland LGBTQ Community Center on June 13, 2020 from 11 am to 4 pm. Please let your clients, contacts, and general members of the community know about the clinic. Members of the community can register by going to https://www.oaklandlgbtqcenter.org/legal-clinic, calling 510-882-2286, or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The areas of law to be counseled on include: Family, Immigration, Employment, Healthcare, Trust & Estates law; Name/Gender Marker Change, Military Discharge Upgrade; and VA Benefits and Unemployment Benefits.
On behalf of the Board,
Daniel H. Galindo
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer
Conference of California Bar Associations Committee Chair
Anti Police-Terror Project: http://www.antipoliceterrorproject.org/
Bay Area Anti-Repression Committee Bail Fund: https://rally.org/ARCbailfund
Black Lives Matter: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019
Black Organizing Project: http://blackorganizingproject.org
Families United for Justice: http://fu4jgroup.website/index.html
Flying Over Walls/SF Chapter Black & Pink: https://flyingoverwalls.wordpress.com/
Justice Teams Network: https://justiceteams.org/new-page
Law Enforcement Accountability Network: https://www.lean4change.org/
National Lawyers Guild - San Francisco: https://nlgsf.ourpowerbase.net/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=3
Transgender Gender-Variant & Intersex Justice Project: http://www.tgijp.org/donate.html
Youth Justice Coalition in LA: https://youthjusticela.org/donate2yjc/
Young Women’s Freedom Center: https://www.youngwomenfree.org/donate/