News & Opinion Archive

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.

NLG Members Release Film, ZEDEs: Neocolonialism and Land Grabbing in Honduras

November 13, 2015

A delegation from the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) traveled to Honduras in August 2015 to produce a film documenting the looming threat of the first semi-autonomous zones, known as Zones for Economic Development and Employment (ZEDEs). The film is available now on YouTube.

Let's Talk About Democratic Socialism

The Baltimore Sun
November 11, 2015

Senator Bernie Sanders' campaign for the presidency has re-opened an American conversation about democratic socialism, and it's about time. The idea has never taken hold in the United States, although it's a respectable political philosophy in the rest of the world. Other countries have experimented with it in different ways. The socialist programs the Scandinavian countries have enjoyed, for example, have nothing in common with the totalitarian excesses of the Soviet Union under Stalin and his successors. Britain has a national health service and France has free college education and free medical care. If we moved in a socialist direction, we could expect the United States to develop a uniquely American brand.