Press release

NLG Calls on Obama Administration to Cease Impending Punitive Actions and Act Consistently for Normalized Relations with Cuba

November 24, 2015

Just three days before a nearly unanimous vote by the United Nations General Assembly on October. 27 to condemn the continued U.S. embargo of Cuba, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) unanimously adopted a resolution urging the Obama administration to cease awaiting action by Congress, and to use "its expansive authority to allow Cuba to sell" to the U.S. market, and allow U.S. suppliers to sell to Cuba.

NLG Members Release Film, ZEDEs: Neocolonialism and Land Grabbing in Honduras

November 13, 2015

A delegation from the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) traveled to Honduras in August 2015 to produce a film documenting the looming threat of the first semi-autonomous zones, known as Zones for Economic Development and Employment (ZEDEs). The film is available now on YouTube.

In Effort to Stifle Dissent, St. Louis County Charges At Least 100 Protesters One Year Later

August 21, 2015

FERGUSON, MO.—In a surprise move, just before the statute of limitations was about to expire, St. Louis County Counselor Peter Krane filed charges last week against at least 100 people who were arrested a year ago peacefully protesting the murder of Michael Brown outside of the Ferguson Police Department.

NLG Provides Critical Support for Demonstrators in Ferguson, Condemns State of Emergency

August 11, 2015

Police violently cracked down on activists yesterday after imposing a State of Emergency in St. Louis County in an effort to stifle protest commemorating the murder of Michael Brown one year ago. More than 150 people were arrested in multiple demonstrations across the St. Louis area, including at least nine Legal Observers with the National Lawyers Guild (NLG).

Human rights advocates to Senate: Central American aid package could violate internationally-protected refugee rights

July 8, 2015

Washington, D.C. – In advance of Senate’s markup of the FY16 State and Foreign Operations bill on Thursday, over sixty U.S. organizations sent a letter calling on members of the Senate Appropriations Committee calling on them to rectify potential violations of international protections for Central American refugees that were introduced by House Republicans in their draft bill.

NLG-Madison Chapter Statement on the Exoneration of Officer who Killed 19-Year-Old Tony Robinson

May 14, 2015

Protests continue and 28 people were arrested in Madison, Wisconsin in reaction to Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne’s announcement that no charges will be filed in the March 6 police killing of Tony Robinson, 19.

NLG Files Urgent Appeal Request to UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Citing Life-Threatening Denial of Medical Care to Mumia Abu-Jamal

May 5, 2015

NEW YORK— Members of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) Heidi Boghosian and Natsu Saito, with Kathleen Cleaver of the Human Rights Research Fund, today delivered an Urgent Appeal Request on behalf of Mumia Abu-Jamal to Juan Méndez, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture.  The Request addresses the life-threatening denial of medical care to the 61-year-old journalist, political activist, and human rights defender who has been described as “perhaps America’s most famous prisoner.”

NLG-Maryland Decries Arrests of 12 Legal Observers at May 2 Protests; Calls Curfew "Unconstitutional"

May 3, 2015

The Maryland Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) decries the arrests of twelve NLG Legal Observers on Saturday night. Wearing clearly identifiable green hats with the words “National Lawyers Guild Legal Observer” printed on them, these neutral observers were documenting police behavior during the enforcement of Baltimore’s curfew.

NLG Calls on President Obama to Withdraw Executive Order Declaring Venezuela National Security Threat

April 29, 2015

NEW YORK—On March 8, 2015, President Obama issued Executive Order (EO) 13692, which declared a national emergency, calling Venezuela “an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States,” and imposed sanctions on several Venezuelan officials. Now that he has publicly backpedalled on his claim, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) calls on him to immediately withdraw the executive order.

NLG Demands Reinstatement of New Jersey Teacher Marylin Zuniga, Suspended after Students Sent Get-Well Cards to Political Prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal

April 27, 2015

NEW YORK—The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) stands with Marylin Zuniga, the third grade teacher at Forest Street Elementary School in Orange, NJ, who was suspended after her students wrote “get well” cards to the critically ill political prisoner and celebrated scholar, Mumia Abu-Jamal.