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Guy T. Saperstein
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Guy T. Saperstein graduated law school (UC Berkeley) in 1969, received a poverty law fellowship and represented migrant farmworkers in Colorado; in 1972, he founded a law firm in Oakland which became the largest plaintiffs civil rights law firm in America, in the process successfully prosecuting the largest race, sex and age discrimination class actions in American history. Guy also prosecuted False Claims Act cases against Lockheed Missiles & Space Co. regarding satellite surveillance systems, and against Raytheon, Boeing and TRW regarding the sham National Missile Defense Program. From 1994-2000, Guy was included in the National Law Journal's list of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.”

Guy was President of The Sierra Club Foundation 2004-6 and currently sits on the board of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. In 2003, his memoirs, "Civil Warrior: Memoirs of a Civil Rights Attorney," were published, and in April 2005, RDR Books published "The Getaway Guide to the John Muir Trail," Guy's story of backpacking the 236-mile John Muir Trail with his youngest son. This book won the Gold Award for Best Guidebook in 2006 from the Society of American Travel Writers. In 2001, he produced a feature film, “Skeleton Woman,” and in 2002, he kayaked the Grand Canyon and backpacked the 200-mile Tahoe-to-Yosemite trail. In 2003, he received the Mark Dubois Award from Friends of the River for his work preserving American rivers. He has played baseball all his life [currently Third Base for the Lahontan Cutthroats] and has an ownership interest in the Oakland Athletics.

In 2006, Guy helped write the “Real Security” plank of the Democratic Party’s New Directions for America, and in 2007, helped found the National Security/Foreign Policy New Ideas Fund, with funding from the Democracy Alliance. He also has been Co-Chair of the Democracy Alliance’s Strategy Group and was active in its National Security/Foreign Policy Group. In 2006, Guy was described by Bill O'Reilly as "a character assassin” and “a member of the nefarious Left-Wing Mafia," along with four other DA Partners. Guy met his wife, Jeanine, in 1967 while they were picketing the federal courthouse in Los Angeles and has been married for 40 years, raising three children in the process.

Areas Of Interest: Backpacking, cycling, kayaking, scuba diving, basketball, golf, playing with his two dogs, writing, dancing, music, film, art, architecture, metaphysics.

Motto: You do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself around, that’s what it’s all about

Blog Entries by Guy T. Saperstein

Are Dogs Worse than SUVs?

Posted June 7, 2010 | 17:16:26 (EST)

As a dog owner, I read with interest Time to Eat the Dog, a book by Robert and Brenda Vale. The book argues that the carbon impact of a dog is double that of an SUV, that a typical dog eats 360 pounds of meat and 200 pounds of cereal...

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The United States of eBay

Posted January 26, 2010 | 15:57:00 (EST)

We all know what America's biggest problem is, right? You thought it might be healthcare, climate change, the economy, financial regulation, immigration reform? Well you were wrong! Corporations don't have enough influence on government. They don't have a strong-enough voice. Those 57,642 paid corporate lobbyists in Washington DC spending $140...

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What Next for Democrats?

Posted January 21, 2010 | 13:08:48 (EST)

The first thing Democrats need to do is stop feeling sorry for themselves and stop issuing idiotic statements like the one they issued today that they cannot "mathematically" do anything. They still control the Presidency and have large majorities in the Congress. With a bozo who won the Presidency with...

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What's Bad for Tiger Ain't Bad for the Rest of Us

Posted December 13, 2009 | 15:03:39 (EST)

The golf industry is in total shock -- its number 1 meal-ticket is now in self-imposed exile. TV viewership is set to fall 50 percent or more, sponsors are going to be bailing out, prize money will be headed down-hill, endorsements are going to dry up. We're not just talking...

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Obama Blows the Olympics

Posted October 2, 2009 | 18:45:31 (EST)

Losing the Olympics to Rio de Janeiro just shows that Dick Cheney, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and the Republicans have been right all along. Relying on reasoning, discussion and goodwill is just bullshit. What did the Obamas think the Olympic Committee was, the fucking United Nations General Assembly, or something?...

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The Only Good Option For Health Care is a Public Option

Posted August 6, 2009 | 20:02:21 (EST)

The United States has the most expensive, least efficient and, in many ways, most ineffective healthcare system in the world. But you wouldn't know it if you listened to Republicans talk about the private health care insurance system or Democratic Blue Dogs whine about costs of reform and complain about...

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Pat Buchanan Attacks Affirmative Action And Sonia Sotomayor

Posted July 17, 2009 | 17:31:44 (EST)

Yesterday, on MSNBC, Pat Buchanan attacked Sonia Sotomayor specifically, and affirmative action in general. Included in his attack were such claims as "this has been a country built basically by white folks," that Sonia Sotomayor was purely an affirmative action candidate who lacks real credentials and his suggestion that we...

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Dumb. Dumb. Smart.

Posted July 24, 2008 | 23:09:51 (EST)

Video produced by Guy T. Saperstein, go to:

www.dumbdumbsmart.com

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The Presiential Election is Not Going to Be Close

Posted June 4, 2008 | 12:54:46 (EST)

In early December 2007, at a time when Hillary Clinton was tracking 20+ points ahead of the Democratic field in national polls, I published an article contending that Hillary Clinton was an inherently weak candidate, a beatable candidate, and that Barack Obama would be a stronger match against Republicans.

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Secret Clinton Memo Revealed

Posted May 25, 2008 | 20:04:13 (EST)

I am a close personal friend of Mark Penn and Harold Wolfson. Recently, I was permitted to read, but not copy, a secret campaign memo co-authored by Hillary and Bill Clinton addressed to their demoralized campaign staff. The memo lays out many possible paths to victory still remaining in the...

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What Game is Hillary Playing?

Posted May 22, 2008 | 18:28:16 (EST)

Nothing reveals more clearly how utterly unprincipled the Clintons are than their assertion that rules set by the Democratic Party's Rules Committee, and endorsed by all Clinton representatives on this Committee, now should be abandoned. Nothing reveals more clearly that the only rules the Clintons follow are rules which favor...

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Please, No Obama/Clinton Nightmare

Posted May 12, 2008 | 20:20:17 (EST)

Now that it is apparent to all, except perhaps Hillary Clinton and some of her die-hard supporters, that Barack Obama will be the Democratic presidential nominee, the drumbeat for a "dream" ticket [Obama/Clinton] is starting. But before this goes too far, we need to ask, whose "dream" are we talking...

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Hillary is Nasty But She is Not Tough

Posted April 27, 2008 | 01:18:00 (EST)

Hillary Clinton's current ads seek to portray her as the tough leader who is ready on Day One to handle crises. Borrowing from a line made famous by Harry Truman, the tag line trumpets, "If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen." The sub-text, of course, is...

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Hillary Clinton Is Trying to Drive Democrats Into a Dead End on Foreign Policy

Posted February 25, 2008 | 00:39:21 (EST)

In recent weeks, Hillary Clinton has increased her attack on Barack Obama, arguing that foreign policy experience is essential to "being ready on Day One." Clinton thinks this argument will bring her closer to the presidency, but she is actually painting herself, and Democrats, into a corner in the general...

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Can John Edwards Pass the Leadership Test?

Posted February 1, 2008 | 18:34:50 (EST)

John Edwards ran a campaign of integrity and ideas, which he and his supporters can be very proud of. He spoke for a tradition of populist progressivism, which long has had too few advocates. He spoke of a need to change America, to change America's priorities. But now that he...

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Hillary Clinton Might Be the Least Electable Democrat

Posted December 10, 2007 | 18:13:00 (EST)

Last Sunday's New York Times contained an op-ed by Frank Rich ("Who's Afraid of Barack Obama," Dec. 2) suggesting that, for a variety of reasons, Barack Obama is the Democrat the Republicans fear most. While Rich emphasized Obama's authenticity, his early and unequivocal opposition to the Iraq war and...

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