First Amendment

Amicus Supporting Olympia Food Co-op BDS (Kent L. and Linda Davis, et al. v. Grace Cox, et al.)

The NLG joined the Jewish Voice for Peace, Palestine Solidarity Legal Support, American Muslims for Palestine, and the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network in filing this brief asking the Washington Supreme Court to uphold lower court decisions dismissing a lawsuit against the Olympia Food Co-op board members for deciding to boycott Israeli goods as part of the global boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS).

NLG Stands with People of Ferguson, Condemns Systematic Police Violence in Communities of Color

November 25, 2014

The NLG joins the people of Ferguson in expressing disheartenment at the grand jury decision to not indict police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown.

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.

Risen Case Leads Organizations to Push for a Shield Law that Wouldn’t Protect Risen

James Risen

After a setback last week, where the Supreme Court refused to intervene to prevent the DOJ from forcing New York Times reporter James Risen from testifying against a source, several First Amendment groups are calling for Congress to rush to pass a law to make sure he and future reporters aren't forced to testify.

NLG Releases Report on Government Spying on Legal Profession, Launches FBI FOIA Project

April 24, 2014

The new report brings to light the government’s long history of covert surveillance of attorneys and their activist clients. The release also marks the launch of a new NLG Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) project that seeks to recover FBI files on individual Guild members as exposed by the 1977 case, National Lawyers Guild v. Attorney General of the United States.

NLG, CCR, and DDF Letter to MD Assembly: Anti-Boycott Bill Violates First Amendment

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.

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