The Anti-Racism Committee (ARC), The United People of Color Caucus (TUPOCC), and the National Immigration Project (NIP) of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) stand in solidarity with Syrian and Iraqi refugees who seek protection in the United States, and oppose recent actions by Congress and states to block these refugees from settling here.
St. Louis County has declared a state of emergency in response to the protests and police officers have targeted activists with tear gas and arrests. Among those arrested and in custody today are Pooja Gehi, Executive Director of the National Lawyers Guild, Abi Hassen (former Mass Defense Coordinator of the NLG and Member of Black Movement Law Project) and many other activists and TUPOCC members.
NEW YORK -- In light of the Department of Justice’s recent scathing report on law enforcement practices in Ferguson, MO, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), The United People of Color Caucus (TUPOCC) of the NLG, and the NLG Anti-Racism Committee (ARC), join communities impacted by police violence to condemn the actions of the Ferguson Police Department and call for increased oversight and accountability for law enforcement systems nationwide.
The Alabama Manifesto is TUPOCC's founding document, drafted after the 2005 National Convention in Birmingham when TUPOCC was formed.