News & Opinion Archive

ACTION ALERT: Nationwide Prison Strike

The largest coordinated prison strike in U.S. history began September 9—the 45th anniversary of the Attica uprising—and is now entering its second week, with incarcerated people nationwide protesting “modern-day slavery,” among other injustices that have become part and parcel of our country’s prison industrial complex and system of mass incarceration. Here's how you can help.

Federal Judge Dissolves DAPL's Injunction Against Water Protectors

September 16, 2016

North Dakota U.S. District Court Judge Daniel L. Hovland today dissolved a temporary restraining order against Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II and a number of named and unnamed participants in protests against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

As D.C. Ruling on DAPL Pipeline Draws Near, Local Authorities Escalate Intimidation Tactics and Mischaracterization of Water Protectors

September 9, 2016

135A, Morton County, North Dakota – Lawyers and others at the Standing Rock encampments share a growing concern about the increasingly intimidating practices of the State Police and the local Sheriffs in coordination with Dakota Access Pipeline’s own security force (including their continued use of canines). Of particular concern are exaggerations and misstatements by authorities that challenge the protesters’ commitment to non-violence. Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier told the press that “some [were] carrying hatchets and knives.”

NLG Statement of Solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against Dakota Access Pipeline

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG), the oldest and largest human rights bar association in the United States, by its International Committee, its Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Committee and its Environmental Human Rights Committee, Labor and Employment Committee, as well as the NLG’s Environmental Justice Committee, stands in solidarity with the sovereign Oceti Sakowin Oyate (the Great Sioux Nation)

NLG Ohio and Philadelphia Chapters Organize Legal Support ahead of RNC and DNC

July 14, 2016

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is gearing up to support our Ohio and Philadelphia chapters as they prepare for anticipated mass protests—and arrests—at the upcoming Republican and Democratic National Conventions (RNC, DNC) to be held in Cleveland, July 18-21 and Philadelphia, July 25-28, 2016.

Updates from the NLG Louisiana Chapter re: Baton Rouge Protests

Between Friday and Sunday, more than 170 non-violent protesters were arrested, and dozens documented incidents of civil and constitutional violations including excessive use of force and unlawful infringement on First Amendment rights. “Over the past few days, law enforcement in Baton Rouge have escalated every interaction with the public civilian population, creating a more dangerous environment for everyone,” says May T. Nguyen, Secretary of the Louisiana Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.

NLG Launches Progressive Legal Podcast, Motion to Resist!

July 11, 2016

NEW YORK—The NLG is thrilled to announce the launch of Motion to Resist!, a podcast featuring progressive legal analysis by lawyers, legal workers, and students on the frontlines of the modern social justice movements. Through original interviews, archival audio, and timely commentary on a diverse range of topics, Motion to Resist! seeks to demystify the legal system for activists, legal professionals, and the public alike.

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