all-three-blogSpanSupporters of Berkeley graduates Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, who have been detained for nearly two years on charges of espionage in Iran, have organized a Week of Action called One Million Voices for Shane and Josh, urging people to flood the Interests Section of the Islam Republic of Iran in Washington, D.C. with messages of support. Their trial date is set for July 31, exactly two years after they and fellow hiker Sarah Shourd, who was released last September, were arrested.

Beginning Monday, July 25th, 8AM EST through Friday, July 29th, 5pm EST (the week before their trial in Tehran) call the Interests Section of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Washington D.C. at (202) 965-4990 with the following message:

“I am a supporter of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal. I know that the two are not spies and urge you to release them and allow them to travel home to their families tomorrow.”

Please remember to be polite and respectful.

Just like our mommas always told us. We really hope that still works.

Image source: NYTimes


try saying no to that face. just try.

After over a year of imprisonment in Tehran, one of three American hikers (which specific one being as yet unclear) will reportedly be released this Saturday.

Our feelings on this undeniably thrilling revelation after the drop: read more »


shorts11-235x300So, kind of major: the three hikers arrested for supposedly crossing the border from Iraq into Iran may, in fact, have been in Iraq—not Iran. [MercuryNews]

Closer to home and alarming in its own right, a hit-and-run suspect was shot and killed by Berkeley police after a chase that climaxed in gunfire. [SF Gate]

This story’s a bit older, but we thought it worth mentioning that David Morse was totally in the right, yo. [SFBG]

And in the way of bad news gone good, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that UC Berkeley Hastings correctly deemed the Christian Legal Society unworthy of recognition on the grounds of their homophobia (pretty much). [Daily Cal]

Note: edited for accuracy