Interviews from an Uprising

Institute for Anarchist Studies
September 15, 2015

In the United States, the cops and the courts are essentially the same thing. Witness Ferguson, Missouri, 2014, a typical but nonetheless shocking systemic failure of justice—starting with the execution of an unarmed 18 year old Black man by a police officer, escalating into a secret trial manufactured to protect the killer by a cop-loving prosecutor1, culminating in a military exercise in the modern police state with more felony prosecutions than any protest scenario in the last 20 years.

In Effort to Stifle Dissent, St. Louis County Charges At Least 100 Protesters One Year Later

August 21, 2015

FERGUSON, MO.—In a surprise move, just before the statute of limitations was about to expire, St. Louis County Counselor Peter Krane filed charges last week against at least 100 people who were arrested a year ago peacefully protesting the murder of Michael Brown outside of the Ferguson Police Department.

Joint Statement on Charges Issued by St. Louis County Prosecutor Against Individuals Arrested Last Year

St. Louis County is marking the one-year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown by charging hundreds of people arrested by the St. Louis County Police in protest actions that occurred since August of 2014. The State Prosecuting Attorney has refused to pursue these charges. The City of Ferguson, where most incidents occurred, has not pursued charges.

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).

TUPOCC Condemns Ferguson Arrests of NLG and Other Activists on the Anniversary of Michael Brown's Murder

The United People of Color Caucus (TUPOCC)

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.

Following Ferguson DOJ Report, NLG's Anti-Racism Committee and TUPOCC Demand Immediate Overhaul of Racist Law Enforcement Systems in the U.S.

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.

Guild Notes: Vol. 40, No. 1 (Spring 2015)

  • #BlackLivesMatter: NLG stands in solidarity with movement against racist police violence (p. 8-12)
  • St. Louis NLG files lawsuit to oust Ferguson prosecutor (p. 9)
  • NLG-Mass. galvanizes legal community for state-wide #BlackLivesMatter day of action (p. 11)
  • The Guild supports Walmart employees’ fight for a living wage (p. 5)
  • National Office launches first-of-its-kind Radical Law Student Manual (p. 14)
  • Meet the 2015 NLG Haywood Burns Fellows (p. 15)

...and more!


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