The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) in coordination with the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee sent a letter urging President Obama to grant Executive Clemency to 71-year-old political prisoner and Native American activist, Leonard Peltier.
The NLG and NLG-NYC Chapter are co-convenors of the International Tribunal of Conscience of Peoples in Movement (ITCPM) to take place in New York City, September 25-27, 2015. The Tribunal coincides with the one-year anniversary of the kidnapping and forced disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa.
The NLG and more than 100 national and local LBGTW, immigrant, and civil rights organizations urged President Obama to stop Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from considering the Adelanto Detention Facility as a center to detain transgender immigrants in a letter on Monday.
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The NLG, American Association of Jurists, and International Association of Democratic Lawyers have sent a letter to Foreign Policy in response to Venezuela's right-wing leader Leopoldo López's request that the magazine retract or publish a rebuttal to Roberto Lovato's recent piece, “The Making of Leopoldo López”. Read the full letter to Foreign Policy below.
St. Louis County is marking the one-year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown by charging hundreds of people arrested by the St. Louis County Police in protest actions that occurred since August of 2014. The State Prosecuting Attorney has refused to pursue these charges. The City of Ferguson, where most incidents occurred, has not pursued charges.
The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is deeply saddened by the passing of civil rights trailblazer, Julian Bond, who died Saturday night at the age of 75. A lifelong activist and icon of the American Civil Rights Movement, Bond co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) while attending Morehouse College in the 1960s.
St. Louis County has declared a state of emergency in response to the protests and police officers have targeted activists with tear gas and arrests. Among those arrested and in custody today are Pooja Gehi, Executive Director of the National Lawyers Guild, Abi Hassen (former Mass Defense Coordinator of the NLG and Member of Black Movement Law Project) and many other activists and TUPOCC members.
As international legal and human rights organizations, we endorse the below statement issued by the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council and urge UN bodies, states and the international community to act on the report of the UN Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict.