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Labor History in 2:00: Feb. 20, 2016 | Taking to the Courts to Defend Basic Human Rights

Labor History in 2:00
February 20, 2016

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.”

Seattle Police Hand-Pick Which Protesters Get to Speak to Consultants Reviewing the SPD's Protest Response

Police faced off with Black Lives Matter protesters on Black Friday 2015. ALEX GARLAND
The Stranger
January 8, 2016

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.

Civil Rights Orgs Provide Free Legal Services for Victims of Anti-Muslim Violence

Hundreds of LA area muslims attend Interfaith event on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall with faith and civic leaders to celebrate religious and cultural diversity in Los Angeles, Calif. on Dec. 13. Ted Soqui / Corbis
NBC News
January 5, 2016

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.