Press release

NLG and BLMP Support Charlotte Uprising, Endorse Demands and Call for Immediate Release of Protesters

September 30, 2016

CHARLOTTE, NC—On Monday night, police arrested about 10 people, including unsuspecting protesters, bystanders, and an NLG Legal Observer, during a peaceful march in Charlotte Center City, NC. Protests have been ongoing in Charlotte following the police killing of Keith Lamont Scott on September 20, resulting in 114 total arrests so far. NLG and BMLP call for the immediate release of all arrestees, and fully support the demands set forth by Charlotte Uprising.

Federal Judge Dissolves DAPL's Injunction Against Water Protectors

September 16, 2016

North Dakota U.S. District Court Judge Daniel L. Hovland today dissolved a temporary restraining order against Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II and a number of named and unnamed participants in protests against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

As D.C. Ruling on DAPL Pipeline Draws Near, Local Authorities Escalate Intimidation Tactics and Mischaracterization of Water Protectors

September 9, 2016

135A, Morton County, North Dakota – Lawyers and others at the Standing Rock encampments share a growing concern about the increasingly intimidating practices of the State Police and the local Sheriffs in coordination with Dakota Access Pipeline’s own security force (including their continued use of canines). Of particular concern are exaggerations and misstatements by authorities that challenge the protesters’ commitment to non-violence. Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier told the press that “some [were] carrying hatchets and knives.”

NLG Ohio and Philadelphia Chapters Organize Legal Support ahead of RNC and DNC

July 14, 2016

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is gearing up to support our Ohio and Philadelphia chapters as they prepare for anticipated mass protests—and arrests—at the upcoming Republican and Democratic National Conventions (RNC, DNC) to be held in Cleveland, July 18-21 and Philadelphia, July 25-28, 2016.

NLG Launches Progressive Legal Podcast, Motion to Resist!

July 11, 2016

NEW YORK—The NLG is thrilled to announce the launch of Motion to Resist!, a podcast featuring progressive legal analysis by lawyers, legal workers, and students on the frontlines of the modern social justice movements. Through original interviews, archival audio, and timely commentary on a diverse range of topics, Motion to Resist! seeks to demystify the legal system for activists, legal professionals, and the public alike.

LPHR, PHROC, NLG submit complaint to the UN on travel ban and other adverse repercussions against the Palestinian human rights defender, Mr. Omar Barghouti

June 23, 2016

LONDON, RAMALLAH, NEW YORK—Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR), the Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Council (PHROC) and the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) have submitted a joint complaint to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders concerning the Israeli authorities travel ban imposed on Mr Omar Barghouti and other adverse repercussions he has faced apparently due to his prominent involvement in the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

NLG Remembers Michael Ratner, Past President and Human Rights Crusader

May 12, 2016

It is with the greatest sadness that we share the news that our comrade, friend, and past NLG President Michael Ratner died yesterday afternoon at the age of 72. Michael was a true revolutionary lawyer. He embodied the spirit of the Guild’s founders who believed that the law could and must be used to protect those dissidents and revolutionaries most despised and persecuted by governments worldwide—including our own.

Finding Irregularities, NLG Delegation Calls for Independent Investigation into the Murder of Honduran Activist, Berta Cáceres

March 28, 2016

The NLG denounces the March 2 killing of leading indigenous and environmental activist Berta Cáceres and the investigation by Honduran authorities that followed. A March 8-15 NLG delegation to Honduras met with various Honduran and U.S. government officials, community members, and the Cáceres family to probe the circumstances surrounding her murder and the ensuing investigation. It issued its report today.

Challenge to Military Spying on Antiwar Activists Gains Support of Grassroots and Legal Groups

January 28, 2016

Several grassroots and legal organizations filed an "amicus" brief Wednesday in support of a widely watched lawsuit challenging the military's domestic spying against antiwar activists in the Pacific Northwest. The case Panagacos v. Towery is currently on appeal before the Ninth Circuit and, because of the Army's strenuous objection to public disclosure of documents, plaintiffs were forced to file their appeal brief last August under seal. The Ninth Circuit has not yet announced a date for oral arguments, but is expected to do so in the next few weeks.

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