In the Media
Formed in 1937, The National Lawyers Guild has truly been at the forefront of progressive law since their inception both in the United States and around the world. As an alternative to the American Bar Association and as the first racially integrated bar association, the NLG has managed to both stay true to their ideals and to maintain their activist roots despite the trials and tribulations they have had to endure. Progressive Lawyer talked with Azadeh Shahshahani, the president of the NLG on what they do and why.
Mexico is the leading case in Latin America of the devastating effects of US policies related to migration, free trade and the so-called "drug war." The victims include tens of thousands of migrants who undertake the long, difficult journey toward the United States through Mexican territory from Central America and beyond. An international tribunal has recently concluded that the San Fernando Massacre of August 2010 is a crucial example underlining the convergent responsibilities of the governments of Mexico, the United States and countries of origin.
The National Lawyers Guild had legal observers on the ground in Ferguson to monitor protests against the killing of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, by a Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. They were also present to help with jail support for community residents. But, while working, four of the NLG’s observers fell victim to the police occupation they were trying to help Ferguson fight and were arrested.
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.
The harmful effects of HB 87 have been felt across the state of Georgia. Immigrants and people of color feel that they have been subjected to racial profiling and other abusive policing practices.
A federal lawsuit filed by local activist Antonio Buehler by NLG Texoma RVP Daphne Silverman against the Austin Police Department has cleared a hurdle as a U.S. magistrate judge this week upheld his constitutional right to photograph and film police officers.
Martin Stolar is a longtime NLG member and co-counsel to McMillan. In this Democracy Now! interview, he explains the problematic trial.
In 2013, Edward Snowden brought to light the extent of government surveillance in the United States, exposing everything from the collection, storage, and analysis of Americans' private emails, phone calls, and text messages by intelligence agencies nationwide. Outraged, the public called for the protection of their First and Fourth Amendment rights, which protect freedom of speech and prohibit unreasonable searches and seizures. What was less explicit in this exposure, however, was the breach of Americans' Sixth Amendment rights - those that protect the right to a fair and speedy trial, and especially those that protect individuals' rights to confront their accuser, obtain witnesses, and retain legal counsel. It is this legal aspect of surveillance that the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) explores in a new report - the effects of government surveillance on the legal community and clients' legal rights.