On this day in Labor History, the year was 1937. That was the day the National Lawyers Guild held their first convention at the Hotel Washington in the nation’s capital. The Guild was established as way to bring together progressive lawyers dedicated to fighting “for basic and progressive change in our political and economic system and to assure that human rights be regarded as more sacred than property interests.”
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When Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald in November, his bail was set at $1.5 million. Later that day, Van Dyke's family posted the $150,000 necessary for him to wait out his case from home.
Also reportedly under consideration for removal are Central Americans who failed to show up for their court hearings and have been ordered out of the country in absentia, those sources said. DHS officials declined to comment on the private meetings.
The City of Detroit's opposition to cutting water rates for poor people is based on a misunderstanding of state law and threatens access to affordable water, a coalition of lawyers and activists said today.
Individuals arrested in Los Angeles while protesting the killing of a black man in Ferguson, Mo., have filed a class-action lawsuit accusing the city and police of violating their constitutional rights.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —Sacramento City Council members listed Friday during a news conference the steps they’ve taken and money they’ve spent to combat homelessness. They also promised, again, that they will not allow people to camp outside City Hall.
With Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole well into her second year on the job, the department is taking a close look at how it handles protests. Over the past year, the force has come under intense criticism from activists, public defense lawyers, and officials for taking a heavy-handed approach to Black Lives Matter and May Day protests—Council Member Bruce Harrell called the flying-off-a-bike tackle of one May Day protester "idiotic"—while spending millions of dollars deploying its officers.
In the wake of recent deadly police shootings, questions have been raised about why non-lethal weapons aren't used more often.
A group of activists who have criticized the community board that reviews allegations of police misconduct, claiming a lack of autonomy and transparency, submitted a ballot proposal Tuesday that would seriously change the way the panel does business.
After the shootings in San Bernadino, California, Los-Angeles-based civil rights organization have come together to provide free legal services for Arab, Muslim, Middle Eastern, and South Asian (AMENSA) community members targeted by anti-Muslim violence and unwarranted law enforcement questioning and surveillance.