Register Now: International Committee Weekend Retreat – March 1-3, San Francisco


The NLG International Weekend will take place from March 1-3, 2019 at the California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103. 

Register in advance now!

The National Lawyers Guild International Weekend annual retreat will take place on Friday evening, March 1, Saturday, March 2 and Sunday March 3 in the San Francisco Bay Area.

We invite you to join us for 2 days of interesting, informative discussions and programs, and evenings with presentations and discussions on cutting-edge international legal issues and people’s struggles as well as International Committee planning and meetings.  Topics discussed will include the attacks on Cuba and Venezuela, the threat of fascism in Brazil, the Philippines and elsewhere, migration and U.S. human rights violations at the southern border, the Palestinian liberation movement and important NLG work, including delegations and our global relationships, such as the upcoming September 2019 Congress of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers in Algiers.

The event will begin with a Friday evening gathering  and continue with two days of discussions and meetings on Saturday and Sunday, both at the CIIS location.

Please join us! If you can’t join for the whole retreat, we will also be holding special discussions and programs on Friday and Saturday evenings and hope you can attend.

Please email Charlotte Kates at with any questions about housing and planning, or if you have suggestions of what you’d like to see on the program! 

Preliminary Agenda

Friday, March 1

6:00pm-9:00pm   Dinner at Cha Cha Cha,

2327 Mission Street (btw 19 and 20th). 16th street BART or Mission Street Bus (#14)

Saturday, March 2

Location: California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103. Civic Center BART

9:00am – 9:30am  Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:45am-12:00pm   NLG IC and Our International Relationships: IADL Congress in Algiers and Beyond

12:00pm-1:00pm   Lunch – Discussion on sanctions, unilateral coercive measures, and how we resist (to be followed by part 2 of this discussion in the evening)

1:00pm-3:00pm   Voting Rights, the Right to Organize and Economic and Social Rights: The struggle for human rights, in the US and internationally (including discussion on human rights reporting and the upcoming UPR of the United States)

3:00pm-5:00pm   Assessment of our Work, Subcommittee Reports – highlight one major action step that the committee should support

5:00-7:00pm     Dinner and Discussion

7:00 – 9:00pm   Open Discussions continued, including: Part 2 of the conversation on sanctions and universal coercive measures, including in Venezuela, Cuba and elsewhere; Africa and resource grabs; Indigenous sovereignty and environmental human rights; Migration and the Border

Sunday, March 3 (at CIIS), Civic Center BART

9:00a-12:00 PM Panel: Strategies, Tactics for Fighting Fascism and Imperialism (Speakers to be Announced)

12:00-1:30       Lunch, IC Objectives, Goals for the coming 1-2 years.

1:30-3:00        Convention Planning

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