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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.

Run the Jewels Break Down 'Meow the Jewels' Donation Recipients

Rolling Stone
October 23, 2015

Run the Jewels have updated their Meow the Jewels Kickstarter page with a full breakdown of how they donated their funds in the fundraising effort as well as which organization will receive all future profits from the cat-sampling Run the Jewels 2 remix album. After families of Eric Garner and Michael Brown split $40,000, remaining and future profits will go to National Lawyers Guild's Mass Defense Committee

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).

A New Legal Precedent May Have Been Set During the Trial of New York Climate Change Activists

VICE News
March 6, 2015

Ten climate change activists, who pled not guilty to disorderly conduct charges, were found innocent in Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday, but not for reasons they had originally sought. Nonetheless, they believe they helped set a powerful legal precedent for the climate movement.

The NLG Needs YOUR Help in Ferguson!

Legal Observers #FergusonOctober Mike Brown Effigy by Curtis McGuire

The people of Ferguson, MO and all of us interested in social justice are anxiously anticipating a grand jury decision on whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown. The NLG calls on all lawyers, legal workers, and law students of conscience in anticipation of major protests in Ferguson.

Arrested Legal Observer: Ferguson a ‘Pilot Program’ for When Communities Respond to Police Brutality

Ferguson Protest Gosztola
Firedoglake
August 30, 2014

The National Lawyers Guild had legal observers on the ground in Ferguson to monitor protests against the killing of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, by a Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. They were also present to help with jail support for community residents. But, while working, four of the NLG’s observers fell victim to the police occupation they were trying to help Ferguson fight and were arrested.

NLG Legal Observer Arrested While Documenting Ongoing Police Violence in Ferguson

August 20, 2014

At approximately 12:30 AM on August 20, St. Louis County Police arrested Max Suchan, a Legal Observer with the National Lawyers Guild (NLG). Suchan, a Chicago law student, traveled to Ferguson to document police misconduct and help protect community residents' First Amendment rights in the wake of Michael Brown's murder.

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