Press release

NLG and ACLU Submit FOIA and Open Records Requests to Investigate Unconstitutional Surveillance of Water Protectors at Standing Rock

October 20, 2016

Today, the NLG and ACLU sent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and North Dakota Open Records Act requests to multiple state and federal agencies in response to the surveillance and arrests of the Native-led Water Protectors attempting to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). In an affront to First Amendment rights, Water Protectors and allies have been continuously surveilled by low-flying planes, helicopters, and drones, and have had local cell phone communications jammed and possibly recorded...

Law Enforcement Arrest 29 Water Protectors on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Continue to Target Journalists Covering DAPL

October 14, 2016

Morton County, ND—Attorneys with the Red Owl Legal Collective (ROLC) of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) call on North Dakota law enforcement to respect freedom of press and the First Amendment rights of Water Protectors resisting construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). This comes as officers from the Morton County Sheriff’s Department unlawfully confiscated a reporter’s video equipment, and then deployed riot police on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, arresting 29 Water Protectors during a prayer gathering.

NLG and BMLP 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.