By Bro. Brad Broussard, Beeville, TX Under the Thirteenth Amendment, “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for a crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction” (emphasis added). The word ‘except’ here indicates that slavery and involuntary servitude were […]
By Caitlin Henry, NLG San Francisco Bay Area Chapter We are excited to launch the Prisoner Advocacy Network and share “Support From Outside The Walls” training materials! Prisoner Advocacy Network (PAN) On November 21, the NLG-SF Bay Area Chapter’s Police & Prisons Committee launched it’s Prisoner Advocacy Network (PAN). We will train California based volunteers […]
Breach of Privilege: Spying on Lawyers in the United States (2014) brings to light the government’s long history of covert surveillance of attorneys and their activist clients. In Breach of Privilege: Spying on Lawyers in the United States, NLG Senior Researcher Traci Yoder gives a comprehensive analysis of covert government spying on the legal profession […]
High Crimes: Strategies to Further Marijuana Legalization Initiatives (2013) In November 2012, Washington and Colorado became the first states—and the first jurisdictions in the world—to legalize the possession, use, and regulated distribution of marijuana. Although Attorney General Eric Holder promised in March 2013 to announce a Department of Justice policy to address the state initiatives, […]
Delegation in Venezuela: Report of the NLG Delegation on the April 14, 2013 Presidential Election and Expanded May-June Audit in Venezuela. On April 14, 2013, over 79 percent of the electorate participated in the special elections to determine the next president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Nícolás Maduro Moros won the election with 50.61% of the […]
An Analysis of the 2012 RNC and DNC: Drawing from firsthand observations of NLG members who were in Tampa and Charlotte, as well as interviews with activists and media accounts, this report presents an overview of the 2012 RNC and DNC demonstrations and makes recommendations for treatment of protesters at future events. In particular, we discuss […]
Operation Backfire: This pocket-sized booklet describes how environmental and animal rights activists have been targeted by the government and branded as the top threat to domestic security by new federal legislation written to charge them as terrorists. It also provides information on recent prosecutions under these laws.
How Corporate-Crafted Legislation Brands Activists as Terrorists: A policy paper showing the influence of model legislation drafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative group of state legislators, on state legislation around the country. Federal legislation passed in 2006, the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA), was largely drafted by ALEC and has drawn a […]
Policing Political Speech: Constraints on Mass Dissent in the U.S. The National Lawyers Guild has released its third comprehensive report on government violations of First Amendment rights on the one-year anniversary of the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh. “The Policing of Political Speech” documents how police over-reaction to protected speech has informed unlawful police tactics at […]
Punishing Protest: Government Tactics that Suppress Free Speech (2007) is report from the Guild’s then-executive director Heidi Boghosian examining a hierarchy of government threats to the exercise of political speech. Read the report below or download the PDF. Download the PDF file .