News & Opinion Archive

Protesters Sue Berkeley Police for Violence

Courthouse News
November 25, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Berkeley and Hayward police clubbed and gassed protestors and journalists during a Dec. 6, 2014, demonstration against police brutality in Berkeley, 11 people say in a federal civil rights complaint.
     Curtis Johnson et al. say they joined the "March Against State Violence" protest in Berkeley three days after a New York grand jury refused to indict a white New York City police officer in the death of Eric Garner, a black man, who was illegally selling cigarettes.

Civil liberties advocates call on Seattle police to show restraint during Black Friday protests

Q13 Fox
November 24, 2015

SEATTLE -- It was an annual Seattle tradition that was disrupted last year when protesters drowned out the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Westlake Center. Seattle Police have said they’ll be ready to make arrests if things get out of hand. On Tuesday afternoon, demonstrators called on SPD to refrain from using violence.

NLG and IADL Election Observers Establish Flaws in Haiti's October 25 Vote, Call for Independent Investigation

November 24, 2015

A new report by international election observers from the NLG and IADL concludes that Haiti’s October 25, 2015 presidential and legislative elections fell far short of minimum standards for fair elections, and calls for an independent investigation to address widespread allegations of fraud.

NLG Calls on Obama Administration to Cease Impending Punitive Actions and Act Consistently for Normalized Relations with Cuba

November 24, 2015

Just three days before a nearly unanimous vote by the United Nations General Assembly on October. 27 to condemn the continued U.S. embargo of Cuba, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) unanimously adopted a resolution urging the Obama administration to cease awaiting action by Congress, and to use "its expansive authority to allow Cuba to sell" to the U.S. market, and allow U.S. suppliers to sell to Cuba.

NLG Passes Resolutions Supporting Prison Abolition and Normalized Relations with Cuba

At its annual Law for the People Convention held this year in Oakland, CA, NLG membership voted to pass two resolutions: one supporting the abolition of prisons, and another calling on the US Government to formally normalize relations with Cuba—both of which exemplify the Guild's mission of holding human rights over property interests.

Obama: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth is on Cuba

The Huffington Post
October 31, 2015

Millions of Americans believe that President Obama has normalized relations with Cuba and ended over 50 years of U.S. efforts to strangle its economy. They might have been puzzled when the United States stood up against every other nation save one, in opposing the UN General Assembly resolution which passed, 191-2, on October 27, 2015. That resolution condemned the continuing U.S. commercial, economic and financial embargo against Cuba.