High Crimes: Strategies to Further Marijuana Legalization Initiatives

In November 2012, Washington and Colorado became the first states—and the first jurisdictions in the world—to legalize the possession, use, and regulated distribution of marijuana. Although Attorney General Eric Holder promised in March 2013 to announce a Department of Justice policy to address the state initiatives, the White House has yet to take a position. This shifting legal terrain is the subject of “High Crimes: Strategies to Further Marijuana Legalization Initiatives,” a new report by the National Lawyers Guild (NLG).

Volume 70, No. 4

  • Enfranchising Native Americans After Shelby County v. Holder: Congress's Duty to Act by Ryan D. Dreveskracht
     
  • It's The Economy, Stupid: Capitalism, Environmental Law, and the Need for Sustainable Economies by Catherine Phillips
     
  • State Execution: A Morally Indefensible Proposition by Alan Clarke & Laurelyn Whitt
     
  • Book Review: The Federalist Society: How Conservatives Took the Law Back from Liberals by David Gespass

National Lawyers Guild Observers Find Salvadoran Elections to be Free and Fair

February 5, 2014

A group of five trained and accredited election monitors from the NLG traveled to El Salvador to observe the first round of the 2014 Presidential elections. The delegates found that the recent electoral reforms supported by President Mauricio Funes facilitated a free and fair process that resulted in a transparent elections process.

18th IADL Congress in Brussels, April 15-19

The National Lawyers Guild is a proud member of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), an international organization of jurists' associations that have made the violation of human rights and threats to international peace and security legal issues under international law, since 1946. The President of IADL is longtime Guild member and NLG International Committee (IC) Co-Chair, Jeanne Mirer.

50 Years Gone: Reflections on the JFK Assassination

Fifty years ago today, President John F. Kennedy was killed in Dallas. For those of us who were alive and sentient back then, it was a signal event. JFK was the first of a new generation of leadership for the country, and held the promise, as it were, for hope and change. We will never know if his death also killed, or at least wounded, those expectations or whether the Johnson administration held to Kennedy’s vision. JFK opposed the historic March on Washington and was unable to pass civil rights legislation. That accomplishment was left to Lyndon Johnson, in the wake of Martin Luther King’s assassination and the rebellions that followed in cities across the country.

Voices from the Drone Summit

NLG past president Marjorie Cohn recently participated in a panel on the illegality of drones and targeted killing off the battlefield at the conference, "Drones around the Globe: Proliferation and Resistance," in Washington, D.C. Nearly 400 people from around the world came together to gather information, protest, and develop strategies to end targeted killing by combat drones. The Summit was sponsored by CODEPINK, The Nation Magazine, Institute for Policy Studies, Center for Constitutional Rights, and the Georgetown Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.

National Lawyers Guild Venezuelan Election Monitors Issue Report Concluding that Election Process Was Fair and Transparent

August 27, 2013

New York – National Lawyers Guild (NLG) election monitors from the United States issued their report today, concluding that the 2013 Venezuelan presidential election process was fair, transparent, participatory, and well-organized.

NLG Review Celebrates Founding Members

Continuing our 75th anniversary celebration, the latest issue of the NLG Review chronicles the lives and achievements of founding members including Charles Hamilton Houston, an architect of civil rights legal strategy and a mentor to Thurgood Marshall, Carol Weiss King, a powerful immigration lawyer whose clients included Harry Bridges, and Ferdinand Pecora, whose Great Depression push

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