First Amendment

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.

NLG and Other Legal Groups Send Letter to Foreign Policy Magazine Urging them to Uphold Free Speech and Free Press

The NLG, American Association of Jurists, and International Association of Democratic Lawyers have sent a letter to Foreign Policy in response to Venezuela's right-wing leader Leopoldo López's request that the magazine retract or publish a rebuttal to Roberto Lovato's recent piece, “The Making of Leopoldo López”. Read the full letter to Foreign Policy below.

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 Calls for Federal Investigation into Chapel Hill Murders of Three Muslim Students

On February 10, 46-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks, a wihte man and self-described "anti-theist" shot and killed Razan Abu-Salha (19), Yusor Abu-Salha (21), and Deah Barakat (23) in their home at point-blank range. On Feburary 13, the NLG joined 149 civil rights and faith organizations in calling for the initiation of a federal hate crime investigation in a letter initiated by Muslim Advocates to Attorney General Eric Holder.

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.

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