#WAMI2021 Roundup

NLG Law Students Organize Around Abolition During this year’s Week Against Mass Incarceration (WAMI), NLG law students organized around the theme of “Abolition and Beyond,” including all locations and instances in which people are held against their will, including jails, immigration detention, juvenile detention facilities, psychiatric wards, and more. We encouraged students to include consideration of […]

Member Recap, March 11, 2021

  Welcome to the rebranded Member Recap, formerly known as the Member News Digest, where you can catch up on NLG news from the last two weeks. Be sure to keep up with us in real time on social media, on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook   Upcoming & Recorded Events, Programs, & Campaigns Week Against […]

People’s Tribunals: Holding Power to Account

“People’s tribunals are forums of justice set up by social justice movements and organizations to adjudicate cases often against states and state-backed corporations. Rather than courts and other judicial apparatus set up by states, organizers instead convene jurors from around the world to adjudicate. The judgments rendered through people’s tribunals are non-binding, as their decisions […]

ACTION ALERTS: Support Mumia-Abu Jamal & Steve Martinez

Read below for ways to support author and political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, and grand jury resister and water protector Steve Martinez. Mumia Abu-Jamal has tested positive for COVID-19. Call the numbers below to demand that he be released in order to receive the urgent medical care he needs! Mumia Abu-Jamal, inmate ID: AM8335 Philadelphia DA […]

International Commission of Inquiry to Open Hearings on Racist Police Violence in the US on MLK Day

UPDATE February 7, 2021: Video recordings and transcripts of all hearings and additional resources are available at inquirycommission.org. The National Conference of Black Lawyers (NCBL), the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) and the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) have assembled a commission of experts from around the world to investigate racist police violence against people […]

The Case for Abolition, for Skeptics

The NLG National Office, in collaboration with NLG Review, is publishing a 4-part blog series exploring questions around policing in the United States. Guild members shared pieces analyzing the policing of social movements, the role of police in maintaining current power dynamics, and alternatives to policing from community power to defunding to abolition. The goal of […]

Member Recap: Feb. 25, 2021

  Welcome to the rebranded Member Recap, formerly known as the Member News Digest, where you can catch up on NLG news from the last two weeks. Be sure to keep up with us in real time on social media, on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook   Upcoming & Recorded Events NEXT WEEK: Week Against Mass Incarceration […]

Abolish the Police by Bart Everson

NLG Adopts Resolution Supporting Police Abolition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: communications@nlg.org National Lawyers Guild (NLG) membership voted to pass a resolution supporting police abolition following its #Law4thePeople Convention last fall, acknowledging that the institution of policing is incompatible with the NLG’s mission to use law in defense of human rights and ecosystems over property interests. Taking leadership from community demands reiterated […]

Announcing the 2021 NLG Haywood Burns Fellows!

The NLG National Office is pleased to introduce our 2021 Haywood Burns Fellowship recipients! The Fellowships sponsor law students and legal workers to spend the summer working for public interest organizations across the country in order to build their legal skills , strengthen their long-term commitment to social justice, and provide much-needed legal support to […]

Member Recap: February 4, 2021

Welcome to the rebranded Member Recap, formerly known as the Member News Digest, where you can catch up on NLG news from the last two weeks. Be sure to keep up with us in real time on social media, on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook Upcoming and Ongoing Events TONIGHT! Webinar: Who's Watching the Cops? Civil […]