Police Attack Unarmed Standing Rock Water Protectors in Freezing Temperatures with Water Cannons and Other Weapons in 5-Hour Standoff

Contact: Tasha Moro, NLG Communications Director communications@nlg.org | 212-679-5100, ext. 15 CANNON BALL, ND—The Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC; formerly Red Owl), an initiative of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), strongly condemns the flagrant civil and human rights violations committed by Morton County law enforcement last night against unarmed Standing Rock Water Protectors. The standoff […]

Judge Dismisses Trumped-Up Felony Charges Against 15 Water Protectors at Standing Rock

Contact: Tasha Moro, NLG Communications Director communications@nlg.org | 212-679-5100 ext. 15 BISMARCK, ND—On Thursday, Burleigh County Judge Cynthia Feland dismissed felony charges against 15 Water Protectors arrested on October 27 who were praying or protesting near the route of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Even by police accounts, all but a couple people who may have […]

NLG and ACLU Submit FOIA and Open Records Requests to Investigate Unconstitutional Surveillance of Water Protectors at Standing Rock

Contact: Tasha Moro, NLG Communications Director 212-679-5100, ext. 15# | communications@nlg.org BISMARCK, ND—Today, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), in conjunction with the ACLU of North Dakota, sent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and North Dakota Open Records Act requests to multiple state and federal agencies in response to the surveillance and arrests of the Native-led […]

Law Enforcement Arrest 29 Water Protectors on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Continue to Target Journalists Covering DAPL

Contact: Angela Bibens, Esq.: (701) 226-4579; abibens@aol.com Bruce Ellison, Esq.: (605) 858-1850; belli4law@aol.com or Tasha Moro, NLG Communications Director 212-679-5100, ext. 15#; communications@nlg.org Morton County, ND—Attorneys with the Red Owl Legal Collective (ROLC) of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) call on North Dakota law enforcement to respect freedom of press and the First Amendment rights […]

NLG and BMLP Support Charlotte Uprising, Endorse Demands and Call for Immediate Release of Protesters

September 30, 2016 Contact: Tasha Moro, NLG Communications Director communications@nlg.org | 212-679-5100, ext. 15# Nicole Lee, Esq., BMLP Co-Founder Nicole@bmlp.org | 202-270-0774 CHARLOTTE, NC—On Monday night, police arrested about 10 people, including unsuspecting protesters, bystanders, and an NLG Legal Observer, during a peaceful march in Charlotte Center City, NC. Witnesses say there was no dispersal […]

ACTION ALERT: Nationwide Prison Strike

The largest coordinated prison strike in U.S. history began September 9—the 45th anniversary of the Attica uprising—and is now entering its second week, with incarcerated people nationwide protesting “modern-day slavery,” among other injustices that have become part and parcel of our country’s prison industrial complex and system of mass incarceration. The NLG issued this statement […]

Federal Judge Dissolves DAPL’s Injunction Against Water Protectors

FROM #NoDAPL NLG LEGAL TEAM IN NORTH DAKOTA Contact: NLG Attorneys Bruce Ellison 605-858-1850 Jeff Haas 505-469-0714 Rachel Lederman 415-350-6496 BISMARCK, ND—North Dakota U.S. District Court Judge Daniel L. Hovland today dissolved a temporary restraining order against Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II and a number of named and unnamed participants in protests […]

New Report: Biased International Observers Failed Haiti in 2015, Neutrality and Independence Essential for Upcoming October Elections

For immediate release: September 19, 2016 Contact: Nicole Phillips, Esq., National Lawyers Guild Haiti Committee Nicole@ijdh.org, +001 510 715 2855 (in U.S., speaks English and French) NEW YORK—As Haiti prepares for presidential and legislative elections on October 9, 2016, a new report by voting rights advocates charges that international observation efforts in previous rounds were […]

NLG Statement of Solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against Dakota Access Pipeline

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG), the oldest and largest human rights bar association in the United States, by its International Committee, its Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Committee and its Environmental Human Rights Committee, as well as the NLG’s Environmental Justice Committee, stands in solidarity with the sovereign Oceti Sakowin Oyate (the Great Sioux Nation), the Standing Rock […]

Updates from the NLG Louisiana Chapter re: Baton Rouge Protests

Posted to the NLG Louisiana Facebook Page, Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 8 AM EST Between Friday and Sunday, more than 170 non-violent protesters were arrested, and dozens documented incidents of civil and constitutional violations including excessive use of force and unlawful infringement on First Amendment rights. “Over the past few days, law enforcement in […]