NLG Supports the People’s Right to Dissent

During this time of increased organizing and likely increased state repression, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) stands in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives and your First Amendment right to dissent against state sanctioned violence. If you are organizing an action such as a march, rally, or other protest event, you may request Legal […]

Ohio NLG: Law Enforcement Agencies Knocking On Doors to Collect RNC Intel

CLEVELAND, OHIO ― This week, the Ohio Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (Ohio NLG) and the Cleveland Branch of the NAACP received over a dozen reports of door knocks at the homes of local activists and community members by law enforcement officials with the Department of Homeland Security, Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation’s’ […]

NLG Testifies before United Nations on Puerto Rico

On June 20, 2016, NLG Puerto Rico Subcommittee Co-Chair Jan Susler made the presentation to the United Nations Decolonization Committee on behalf of the National Lawyers Guild, and NLG President Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan presented on behaf of LatinoJustice PRLDEF. “We hope [the presentation] will be useful in educating our membership on what’s happening with […]

Finding Irregularities, NLG Delegation Calls for Independent Investigation into the Murder of Honduran Activist, Berta Cáceres

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan NLG President president@nlg.org   NEW YORK—The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) denounces the March 2 killing of leading indigenous and environmental activist Berta Cáceres and the investigation by Honduran authorities that followed. A March 8-15 NLG delegation to Honduras met with various Honduran and U.S. government officials, community […]

Reparations: A Blueprint to Address Systemic Police Violence

By Joey Mogul, NLG-Chicago Joey Mogul is a partner at the People’s Law Office who has represented Burge torture survivors for the last 18 years.  Mogul co-founded the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials and drafted the original reparations ordinance. This article originally appeared at on the People’s Law Office website at http://peopleslawoffice.com/reparations-a-blueprint-to-address-systemic-police-violence/. The City of Chicago made history […]

NLG Stands with Prisoners in Struggle, Endorse IWOC National Prison Strike in September

Today, prisoners across Alabama have ended a 10-day strike that started May 1 (International Workers’ Day) to protest unpaid labor and horrendous conditions, already reporting retaliation by prison officials. On September 9, 2016, the National Lawyers Guild will join Support Prisoner Resistance, The Free Alabama Movement and The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) in a Call […]

NLG Remembers Michael Ratner, Past President and Human Rights Crusader

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Tasha Moro Director of Communications 212-679-5100, ext. 15# communications@nlg.org NEW YORK — It is with the greatest sadness that we share the news that our comrade, friend, and past NLG President Michael Ratner died yesterday afternoon at the age of 72. Michael was a true revolutionary lawyer.  He embodied the spirit […]

Albert Woodfox at the NLG #Law4thePeople Convention, Winner of Arthur Kinoy Award

We’re thrilled to announce that former Black Panther and recently released political prisoner Albert Woodfox will be joining us at the 2016 #Law4thePeople Convention as the recipient of the 2016 NLG Arthur Kinoy Award! Albert Woodfox was the last imprisoned member of the “Angola 3,” and was just released in February—having spent more time in […]

Haywood Burns

Above photo: Haywood Burns (second from right) with client Angela Davis (center), and fellow NLG defense attorney Margaret Burham (far left) during 1972 trial. W. Haywood Burns was an activist, attorney, and civil rights advocate who inspired people to help underserved communities. Burns’s civil rights career began at age 15, when he helped integrate a […]

Food Justice and Intersectionality

We are the primary authors of the Food Justice Guidelines. We are Muslim women of color, Palestinian human rights attorneys, animal rights attorneys, public defenders, racial justice attorneys, and intersectional social justice activists. We were compelled to write the Food Justice Guidelines in an effort to push the Guild to be more intersectional, rather than […]