News & Opinion Archive

National Lawyers Guild Condemns Ongoing Arrests of Legal Observers in Ferguson

August 26, 2014

At approximately 10:30 PM on August 21, St. Louis County Police arrested three National Lawyers Guild (NLG)-trained Legal Observers during a demonstration in Ferguson, Mo. protesting the fatal police shooting of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown. All three volunteers had traveled to Ferguson together from Detroit, Mich. as part of a delegation organized by former Black Panther, Blair Anderson.

From Gaza to Ferguson: Exposing the Toolbox of Racist Repression

Huffington Post
August 23, 2014

From the death and destruction in Israel's latest war on Gaza to the dramatic arrival of the national guard on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, there have been plenty of brutal reminders on display of the violence that underpins racist repression.

But amid the headlines, one could easily forget the more sustained and entrenched forms of oppression through which various hierarchies, including race, citizenship, nationality, and class are produced and maintained by both the United States and Israel. Among the most significant of these is mass incarceration.

NLG and Other Legal Groups Send Letter to ICC Urging an Investigation into Potential War Crimes Committed by Israel and US in Gaza under “Operation Protective Edge”

August 22, 2014

NEW YORK--On August 22, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and other bar associations sent a letter to Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), urging her to initiate an investigation of war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity committed by Israeli leaders and aided and abetted by U.S. officials in Gaza. Under the Rome Statute, the ICC has the power to hold individuals criminally accountable for the most serious of crimes. The letter cites supporting factual allegations for each crime.

NLG Legal Observer® Arrested While Documenting Ongoing Police Violence in Ferguson

August 20, 2014

At approximately 12:30 AM on August 20, St. Louis County Police arrested Max Suchan, a Legal Observer® with the National Lawyers Guild (NLG). Suchan, a Chicago law student, traveled to Ferguson to document police misconduct and help protect community residents' First Amendment rights in the wake of Michael Brown's murder.

NLG Strongly Objects to Oppressive and Discriminatory Law Enforcement Tactics in Ferguson, Mo.

August 19, 2014

In light of the police brutality aimed at protesters thus far, the NLG is deeply concerned about the use of the National Guard for civilian police duties, normally reserved for natural disasters or insurrection. The NLG is currently on the ground in Ferguson providing crucial legal support.

Signatories Call on White House to Investigate Beating and Detention of US Citizen and Palestinian-American Teen, Tariq Abu Khdeir

August 4, 2014

Today, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and nine other human rights organizations sent a letter to President Obama and White House officials asking them to demand Israel cease the practice of abuse and unlawful detention of Palestinians and conduct a full investigation into the severe beating and unlawful detention by Israeli police of U.S.-born, 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir.

NLG Calls for US to Abide by Human Rights Treaty Obligations and Cease Plans to Detain and Deport Thousands of Child Refugees to Central America

July 22, 2014

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) objects to the President’s decision to detain and expedite deportations of thousands of children fleeing persecution and violence in Central America.

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