News & Opinion Archive

NLG and ACLU Submit FOIA and Open Records Requests to Investigate Unconstitutional Surveillance of Water Protectors at Standing Rock

October 20, 2016

Today, the NLG and ACLU sent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and North Dakota Open Records Act requests to multiple state and federal agencies in response to the surveillance and arrests of the Native-led Water Protectors attempting to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). In an affront to First Amendment rights, Water Protectors and allies have been continuously surveilled by low-flying planes, helicopters, and drones, and have had local cell phone communications jammed and possibly recorded...

Law Enforcement Arrest 29 Water Protectors on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Continue to Target Journalists Covering DAPL

October 14, 2016

Morton County, ND—Attorneys with the Red Owl Legal Collective (ROLC) of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) call on North Dakota law enforcement to respect freedom of press and the First Amendment rights of Water Protectors resisting construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). This comes as officers from the Morton County Sheriff’s Department unlawfully confiscated a reporter’s video equipment, and then deployed riot police on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, arresting 29 Water Protectors during a prayer gathering.

Meet the 2016 NLG Haywood Burns Fellows: Martha Laura Garcia

Few things said summer like a good old county fair: the delicious smell of dangerously unhealthy food, kids laughing and shrieking to the tune of the carnival ride sounds, and the hope that maybe that year you’d win a giant stuffed animal in one of the games. As a kid, you got to stay up late with your friends and went on rides and over again until you made yourself sick. What’s not to love?

Flash-forward fifteen or so years:

NLG and BMLP Support Charlotte Uprising, Endorse Demands and Call for Immediate Release of Protesters

September 30, 2016

CHARLOTTE, NC—On Monday night, police arrested about 10 people, including unsuspecting protesters, bystanders, and an NLG Legal Observer, during a peaceful march in Charlotte Center City, NC. Protests have been ongoing in Charlotte following the police killing of Keith Lamont Scott on September 20, resulting in 114 total arrests so far. NLG and BMLP call for the immediate release of all arrestees, and fully support the demands set forth by Charlotte Uprising.

ACTION ALERT: Nationwide Prison Strike

The largest coordinated prison strike in U.S. history began September 9—the 45th anniversary of the Attica uprising—and is now entering its second week, with incarcerated people nationwide protesting “modern-day slavery,” among other injustices that have become part and parcel of our country’s prison industrial complex and system of mass incarceration. Here's how you can help.

Federal Judge Dissolves DAPL's Injunction Against Water Protectors

September 16, 2016

North Dakota U.S. District Court Judge Daniel L. Hovland today dissolved a temporary restraining order against Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II and a number of named and unnamed participants in protests against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).