Jailhouse Lawyer's Handbook (6th Edition): How to Bring a Federal Lawsuit to Challenge Violations of Your Rights in Prison

Launch: Newly Expanded and Updated Edition of Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook

Important Resource for People in Prison and Their Families Helps Them Challenge Conditions and Abuse  Contact: communications@nlg.org NEW YORK—Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights and the National Lawyers Guild launched the Sixth Edition of the Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook (JLH)—a free legal resource for prisoners and their family members to mount challenges to mistreatment and abuse […]

WPLC, IADL, and NLG file joint Amicus Brief Supporting the Hawaiian Kingdom’s Complaint against the US Requesting a Declaratory Judgment and Effective End of U.S. Occupation

Contact: Natali Segovia, Staff Attorney, WPLC: defense@waterprotectorlegal.orgNLG International Committee: international@nlg.org Honolulu—The Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC), alongside the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) and National Lawyers Guild (NLG), filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief today in support of the Hawaiian Kingdom’s complaint against the United States government, President Joe Biden, and […]

Law Enforcement Targets Water Protectors at Treaty People Gathering Against Line 3 Pipeline; About 200 Arrested

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: communications@nlg.org On June 7th and 8th, the Treaty People Gathering as part of the Indigenous-led movement to stop Line 3, shut down work at an active Line 3 pump station near the Mississippi headwaters. Thousands of people from across the country gathered together in northern Minnesota to stop Enbridge’s work on […]

90 Organizations and 4600+ Individuals Tell Biden Administration to #DropTheCharges Against BLM Protesters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: communications@nlg.org Last week, the NLG sent a letter to President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Attorney General Merrick Garland—endorsed by a total of 90 organizations and signed by a total of 4600+ individuals—urging them to dismiss the federal charges against more than 350 anti-racist protesters who participated in last year’s […]

Human Rights and Press Freedom Groups Call on Rep Gregory Meeks (D-WA) to Stop Weapons Sale to Israeli Government Following Attacks on Associated Press and Al Jazeera Offices in Gaza

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: press@fightforthefuture.org, 978-852-6457 Following the Israeli military’s bombing of offices of international press outlets including the Associated Press and Al Jazeera, an effort has emerged in Congress to block a planned $735 million weapons sale to the Israeli government, led by Reps Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.).  But […]

Statement in Solidarity with the People of Colombia in their Historic Uprising for Peace, the Right to a Dignified Life, and Against Militarism and Repression

Spanish and Portuguese translations below. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 18, 2021 Contact: communications@nlg.org The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) stands in solidarity with the people of Colombia in their national uprising for peace, in defense of the right to a dignified life, and against militarism and repression by the U.S.-backed government headed by President Iván Duque. […]

In Response to Chauvin Verdict and Ongoing Police Violence, NLG Continues to Support Calls for Abolition

In response to the guilty verdicts of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for last summer’s murder of George Floyd, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) reaffirms its support for communities calling for the abolition of policing. As the verdict was being announced, Ma’Khia Bryant, a 16-year-old girl, was killed by a police officer in Columbus, Ohio, […]

Tell the Biden Administration #DropTheCharges Against BLM Protesters

[UPDATE 6/3/21] We’re pleased to announce that today we sent President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Attorney General Merrick Garland our #DropTheCharges letter—urging them to dismiss the federal charges against more than 350 anti-racist protesters who participated in last year’s uprising for Black lives—endorsed by a total of 90 organizations and signed by a […]

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 […]

NLG Demands Immediate Structural Change in Wake of Impeachment and Attempted Coup

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: communications@nlg.org Last week’s white supremacist coup attempt facilitated by law enforcement makes clear that the path forward requires a serious reckoning with the conditions that caused this moment. White supremacy, though mentioned in mainstream news media more frequently in the last year, is not remotely a new phenomenon—it was the ideology […]