The NLG, its International Committee, Palestine Subcommittee and Central Arizona chapter joined a collective letter calling on members of the Arizona Senate to reject proposed legislation, SB 1143 and HB 2683. These bills attempt to impose the so-called “IHRA definition of anti-Semitism” to define hate crimes. The IHRA definition and, especially, its associated “examples” repeatedly conflate criticism of and opposition to the Israeli state and anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. Read the full letter here.
Chelsea Manning is recovering in the hospital after attempting to take her own life yesterday. She is scheduled to appear for a court hearing tomorrow.
If you haven’t already, please sign the petition at freechelsea.com to demand her immediate release.
“Ms. Manning is still scheduled to appear on Friday for a previously-calendared hearing, at which Judge Anthony Trenga will rule on a motion to terminate the civil contempt sanctions stemming from her May, 2019 refusal to give testimony before a grand jury investigating the publication of her 2010 disclosures. In spite of those sanctions — which have so far included over a year of so-called ‘coercive’ incarceration and nearly half a million dollars in threatened fines — she remains unwavering in her refusal to participate in a secret grand jury process that she sees as highly susceptible to abuse. Ms. Manning has previously indicated that she will not betray her principles, even at risk of grave harm to herself.”
Read the full statement from her legal team, which includes NLG-NYC member Moira Metlzer-Cohen.
Are you a current Guild member who wants to wants to organize a discussion on a particular movement issue you are working on with the NLG? Submit a proposal to host an NLG webinar!
Webinars should be related to timely movement/political issues that speak directly to current NLG work, such as that of a committee or chapter. NLG webinars can be directed toward the general public and open to all, or for NLG members-only, depending on the nature and goals of the presentation. (See an overview of some of our areas of focus at nlg.org/our-work.)
IMPORTANT: All NLG webinars require endorsement/sponsorship from one or more NLG entity, such a a chapter or a committee/task force/project. Learn more and/or submit your NLG webinar proposal here!
Pace International Law Review | Human Rights, Economic Justice and U.S. Exceptionalism
NLG past president Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan wrote this law review article for the Pace International Law Review, bringing an anti-capitalist (and anti-imperialist) lens to the human rights framework.
“As lawyers, we must be mindful that rights’ struggles are always about dignity and to the extent that a rights framework assists in achieving that, it should be pursued. But, when the law actually impedes progress and stifles demands for dignified living, the law must be changed, ignored or disobeyed.” Read the full piece here.
Join the NLG IC, IADL and AAJ on a Joint Observation Delegation to Bolivia for May 3, 2020 Elections
The NLG International Committee (NLG IC), International Association of Democratic Jurists (IADL), and Asociación Americana de Juristas (AAJ) are sponsoring a joint delegation to Bolivia to investigate the conditions leading up to the May 3 presidential and legislative elections and to assist in the evaluation of whether the elections are transparent and fair. Members of the delegation will serve as accredited election observers and will participate in putting out a report on its findings. (NOTE: Due to coronavirus, the delegation may be postponed or canceled.) Learn more about the delegation and how to join, here.
The United Nations will review the U.S.’ human rights record at the Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in May 2020. The UPR takes place for each country only every four years, so this marks a unique and important opportunity for the National Lawyers Guild to raise its voice at an international level regarding U.S. human rights violations.
Please help the NLG support Kerry McLean and Martha Schmidt to attend the UPR. The NLG has submitted two reports to the UPR process as part of a collective effort organized by the US Human Rights Network, on the right to health care and violations of voting rights.