Very few of our local officials get this kind of treatment from local lefty artists. Doug Minkler has been churning out collectible posters for worthy progressive causes for years. I was a little surprised to notice one of his instantly recognizable efforts supporting our elected Public Defender's campaign to keep his department intact through the current budget catastrophe.
But I should not have been so surprised. Jeff Adachi does his job with determination and integrity. His office's indigent clients are "presumed guilty" (as a TV documentary by that name asserted some years ago). They are the unfortunate dregs of the criminal justice system, but the PDs give them the best lawyering the department's allocated pittance can buy.
And Adachi is a gutsy guy. In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, despite being in the middle of an election season, I heard him warn that racial profiling of Muslims, Arabs and South Asian immigrants risked repeating the injustices his people suffered during the World War II era Japanese internment. That was not a popular thought then, or perhaps now.
According to today's Chronicle,
That's a big hit when you are running on fumes.
Googling about for this post, I learned something I hadn't known about San Francisco's Public Defender. He makes movies. Check out this interview for a delightful excursion into local Asian American history