Welcome to the Member Recap, where you can catch up on NLG news from the last two weeks.
Upcoming Webinars, Publications, and Announcements
NLG-SF just hosted the third part of their Root Causes of Forced Migration webinar, on Gender-Based Violence and Justice. Here is the recording of their powerful panel on Gender-Based Violence & Justice. Please note that they were unable to attain the English translation audio of Charlotte Alvarenga’s testimony and are in the process of making English subtitles. Also, here is the transcript of the webinar.
The Education Committee of the Las Vegas National Lawyers Guild hosted its first meeting of its new book club this week! Though the first meeting passed, registration for later meetings is still open. The dates will be: June 16th, June 30th, July 14th, July 28th, and August 11th, with a special guest on August 28th!
“In keeping with our theme of Policing in America, we are honored to highlight Professor Elizabeth Hinton’s newest release, AMERICA ON FIRE: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion since the 1960’s. A discussion with the author will follow on August 28th. The book club will be held virtually via Zoom. For those interested, you can register for the event via Eventbrite, here: NLG-LV Book Club Registration”
NIP-NLG is hosting a two-day seminar series all about immigration, including sessions on: “Winning Effective Post-Conviction Relief for Immigrants,” Crimes of Violence After United States v. Borden,” and “Immigration Implications of Diversion Programs.” There is a registration fee, and all information can be found on their site.
Currently, 7.75 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit hours are pending with the Virginia State Bar, the State Bar of California, the State Bar of Texas, and the Washington State Bar.
National, Committee, and Chapter Statements and News
NLG Signs onto #NowIsTheTime Letter Urging Biden to Take Action Against Israel’s Oppression of Palestinian People
We, the undersigned global coalition of leaders – from civil society to business, the arts and faith communities, politics and Nobel laureates – call for U.S. leadership to take action to help bring an end to Israel’s institutionalized domination and oppression of the Palestinian people and protect their fundamental human rights. A sustainable and just peace – for all people – will remain elusive if U.S. policy holds to a political status quo devoid of justice and accountability.
Law Enforcement Targets Water Protectors at Treaty People Gathering Against Line 3 Pipeline; About 200 Arrested
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 its destructive “replacement” pipeline in Anishinaabe territory. Enbridge plans to destroy thousands of sites that are sacred to the Indigenous people who have lived there for thousands of years—including drilling under 22 rivers, over 800 wetlands, and many wild rice tributaries. Approximately 200 activists dedicated to protecting land and water were arrested protesting Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline expansion project, and charged with trespassing on critical infrastructure, an increasingly common tactic used to suppress environmental activism.
NLG Sends Letter to Biden, Harris, and Garland Demanding the White House #DropTheCharges Against BLM Protesters
“The undersigned 90 organizations and 4,631 individuals (see enclosed) are writing to call on you to drop the more than 350 federal cases brought against by Black Lives Matter protesters by the previous administration. The historic demonstrations in response to the police murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor have continued an important conversation about the impact of white supremacy and police brutality on Black people in the United States. Across the country in communities large and small, millions of people put their lives on the line during the COVID-19 pandemic to demand an end to institutional racism and police violence.”
NLG In The News
6/15/21 | San Francisco Chronicle | Oakland lawyer Walter Riley made the fight for racial justice a family value
Check out this powerful interview with NLG San Francisco-Bay Area attorney Walter Riley: “We have a right to exist. We have a right to fight for ourselves. And we have a right to challenge the system that oppresses us. And that’s extremely important for us to carry with us at all times.”
9/11/21 | LA Times | L.A. city attorney won’t charge 179 protesters, journalists arrested in Echo Park
“Krithika Santhanam, executive director of the National Lawyers Guild of Los Angeles, which had petitioned for the charges to be rejected, alerted many of the arrestees to Feuer’s decision by email Friday — saying they no longer had to worry about showing up to scheduled court hearings.”
6/9/21 | Defending Rights and Dissent | At Long Last, Have You No Sense of Decency?: 67 Years Ago, McCarthy’s Career Ended; But Political Witch Hunting Continues
“The moment that is most remembered is when McCarthy began badgering the Boston-based attorney Joseph Welch, who was acting as counsel for the army. Welch knew what McCarthy was going to do—bring up that a young associate in his law firm had been a member of the National Lawyers Guild while a student at Harvard Law School*. When McCarthy brought this up, Welch said, “Until this moment, Senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty, or your recklessness.”
6/8/21 | Al Jazeera | Groups urge Biden to halt $735m weapons sale to Israel
“We are knowingly transferring weapons to a country that is not only engaged in aggression but also a massive violation of human rights,” said Huwaida Arraf, co-chair of the Palestine subcommittee of the National Lawyers Guild and organiser for Palestinian rights in the US.
6/7/21 | New York Times | Police Make Mass Arrests at Protest Against Oil Pipeline
“Near midnight, representatives of the legal aid nonprofit National Lawyers Guild, who were present at the protest, said more than 100 people had been arrested. As the last of the police closed in, a core group of protesters made a stand at the boat. A lone voice shouted in the dark, “Water is life.”