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National Lawyers Guild Opposes Military Action Against Syria

September 5, 2013

NEW YORK – The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) calls on Congress to vote against the illegal strike on Syria being planned by the administration. NLG president Azadeh Shahshahani said, "The military intervention in Syria is undeniably illegal, and any supposed framework the Obama administration constructs to defend it is based, not upon legality, but upon impunity." The United States is once again poised to violate international and domestic law to impose its will.

In Victory for Student Free Speech, Department of Education Dismisses Complaints

August 29, 2013

Berkeley – Civil rights organizations this week welcomed news that the Department of Education's (DOE) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has closed three investigations against three University of California schools, at Berkeley, Santa Cruz, and Irvine, which falsely alleged that Palestinian rights activism created an anti-Semitic climate.

National Lawyers Guild Venezuelan Election Monitors Issue Report Concluding that Election Process Was Fair and Transparent

August 27, 2013

New York – National Lawyers Guild (NLG) election monitors from the United States issued their report today, concluding that the 2013 Venezuelan presidential election process was fair, transparent, participatory, and well-organized.

In Wake of New Marijuana Laws, NLG Report Contrasts Legalization Strategies and Obstacles

June 25, 2013

In November 2012, Washington and Colorado became the first states—and the first jurisdictions in the world—to legalize the possession, use, and regulated distribution of marijuana.

Jeremy Hammond Judge to Decide on Recusal, NLG Will Hold Press Conference Before Hearing

February 20, 2013

The National Lawyers Guild is hosting a press conference before a federal court hearing in which the chief judge of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan will decide on a motion calling for her recusal from the case of Jeremy Hammond.

Who:

Heidi Boghosian — Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild

Ahead of Inauguration, Report Explores Militarized Approach to Protest Policing

January 16, 2013

Next Monday, January 21, over 3,000 law enforcement officers and some 13,000 military troops will descend on the Washington Mall. The occasion is not a coup but the presidential inauguration, which will prompt the kind of militarized police mobilization that is a hallmark of National Special Security Events (NSSEs).

Court rules peace activists can sue the U.S. military for infiltration

December 18, 2012

Guild lawyer hails historic decision

In a potentially precedent-setting decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that a Guild lawyer’s challenge to military spying on peace activists can proceed. The ruling marks the first time a court has affirmed people’s ability to sue the military for violating their First and Fourth Amendment rights.

National Lawyers Guild Urges Death Sentence Commutation for John Ferguson

October 16, 2012

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) calls for the State of Florida to halt the scheduled execution of John Errol Ferguson and commute his death sentences to life in prison. Ferguson is a severely mentally ill African American man who has spent the last 34 years on death row and whose execution is set for Thursday, October 18, unless the courts intervene.

National Lawyers Guild Convention Will Celebrate 75 Years, Reunite Activists

October 8, 2012

Hundreds of National Lawyers Guild members and allies will gather this week to celebrate the organization’s 75th anniversary at the Law for the People convention in Pasadena, California.

Scholar and activist Angela Davis will deliver the keynote address and among the convention honorees will be Margaret Burnham, a professor of civil rights law who, as a young lawyer, helped secure Davis’s 1972 acquittal on high-profile charges.

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