On April 20, 2014, Turkish sociologist and PEN Honorary Member Professor Ismail Beşikçi was prevented from boarding a plane to the United States at the Ataturk International Airport in Istanbull, Turkey. This was based on unspecified security reasons, despite having been issued a valid visa to travel by the Department of State.
The Maryland and D.C. Chapters of the NLG, along with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Defending Dissent Foundation (DDF) submitted this letter to the Conference Committee for the Budget of the Maryland General Assembly, expressing concern over the proposed Amendment 923228/1 of Budget Bill SB 170.
The NLG Task Force on the Americas authored this letter to US Ambassador to Honduras, Lisa Kubiske, in response to the murders of two human rights activists, attorney José Nicolás Bernárdez and Judge Lenin Castañeda, on March 14, 2014. As the letter states:
The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations-USA (CAIR-USA) sent members of the House of Representatives Education and the Workforce Committee a letter urging them to oppose legislation that would deny federal funding to colleges and universities that participate in a boycott of Israeli academic institutions or scholars. According to the legislation’s sponsors, H.R. 4009 was drafted in response to the American Studies Association’s recent resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions.
On the two-year anniversary of the publication of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, the National Lawyers Guild is one of 40 organizations urging Washington to protect privacy rights in the digital age.
The National Lawyers Guild calls on Secretary of State John Kerry to halt U.S. military aid to Egypt, given the country's ongoing violation of human rights and international law.
We write to state the case for the real interests at stake in the controversy over the American Studies Association’s adoption of a resolution in support of the academic boycott of Israel. These issues include the right of faculty to associate together in professional organizations and to take positions on important human rights issues as members of such organizations.
The 2013 Convention in Puerto Rico was the first ever NLG Convention held in a U.S. colony. The event's location inspired vibrant discussion about the island's colonial status, as members learned about the Puerto Rican independence movement and the work of political prisoners such as Oscar López Rivera and our keynote speaker, Rafael Cancel Miranda.