Baltimore Needs Much More than Just Indictments

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by Oren Nimni, TUPOCC Chair and Sharlyn Grace, National Vice President

As police violence against Black community members and protesters continued this week in Baltimore, we were again reminded why we are proud to be a part of the National Lawyers Guild. The NLG quickly worked with other groups to mobilize legal support for the #BaltimoreUprising by assisting through Legal Observation, jail support, and legal defense coordination for those protesting the police murder of Freddie Gray.

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.

[ACTION ALERT] Legal Support Needed for Freddie Gray Actions in Baltimore

Justice for Freddie Gray via AP

The NLG stands in solidarity with Baltimore protesters as they call for justice for Freddie Gray. The NLG National Office has been working with lawyers and organizers on the ground to provide legal support for this weeks ongoing actions. Our mass defense coordinator, Abi Hassen will be joining the legal defense team in Baltimore today. YThere is an immediate need for legal observers and lawyers - especially those of you licensed to practice in Maryland. Folks are also needed to provide jail support and criminal defense for people who are arrested.

NLG Kicks Off the 2013 Poor People's Campaign

Poor People's Campaign 2013 Baltimore. Photo by Brenda Ryan

On May 9, the Maryland chapter of the National Lawyers Guild hosted a celebration of multiple historic civil rights milestones, including what would have been the 100th birthday of Rosa Parks and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The NLG gathering was also a send-off for a march commemorating the 45th anniversary of the Poor People’s Campaign, a 1968 effort to push for economic and social justice for poor people in the United States. The evening was an inspirational gathering of social justice lawyers, activists, artists, and people who took part in the campaign.

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