News & Opinion Archive

[ACTION ALERT] Legal Support Needed for Freddie Gray Actions in Baltimore

Justice for Freddie Gray via AP

The NLG stands in solidarity with Baltimore protesters as they call for justice for Freddie Gray. The NLG National Office has been working with lawyers and organizers on the ground to provide legal support for this weeks ongoing actions. Our mass defense coordinator, Abi Hassen will be joining the legal defense team in Baltimore today. YThere is an immediate need for legal observers and lawyers - especially those of you licensed to practice in Maryland. Folks are also needed to provide jail support and criminal defense for people who are arrested.

NLG Calls on President Obama to Withdraw Executive Order Declaring Venezuela National Security Threat

April 29, 2015

NEW YORK—On March 8, 2015, President Obama issued Executive Order (EO) 13692, which declared a national emergency, calling Venezuela “an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States,” and imposed sanctions on several Venezuelan officials. Now that he has publicly backpedalled on his claim, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) calls on him to immediately withdraw the executive order.

NLG Demands Reinstatement of New Jersey Teacher Marylin Zuniga, Suspended after Students Sent Get-Well Cards to Political Prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal

April 27, 2015

NEW YORK—The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) stands with Marylin Zuniga, the third grade teacher at Forest Street Elementary School in Orange, NJ, who was suspended after her students wrote “get well” cards to the critically ill political prisoner and celebrated scholar, Mumia Abu-Jamal.

NLG Calls for Immediate, Independent Medical Attention for Political Prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal

April 7, 2015

FRACKVILLE, PA--The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) calls on the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to give NLG Jailhouse Lawyer Vice President Mumia Abu-Jamal immediate independent and specialized health care, including his choice of medical specialists.

NLG Student Chapters to Hold Country-Wide “Black Lives Matter” Day of Action

March 30, 2015

NEW YORK—On Thursday, April 2, two days before the 47th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., National Lawyers Guild (NLG) students and faculty will hold a day of action at law schools nationwide in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement against racist police violence and white supremacy.

National Lawyers Guild Supports Loyola University Chicago Students’ Renewed Push for Divestment

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) supports Loyola University Chicago (LUC) students seeking the school’s divestment from corporations profiting from the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Set for a vote of March 24, the proposed resolution to divest is a response to the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS), which aims to compel Israel, through nonviolent direct action, to comply with international law, lift the occupation of Palestine, and recognize the human rights of the Palestinian people.

Following Ferguson DOJ Report, NLG's Anti-Racism Committee and TUPOCC Demand Immediate Overhaul of Racist Law Enforcement Systems in the U.S.

NEW YORK -- In light of the Department of Justice’s recent scathing report on law enforcement practices in Ferguson, MO, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), The United People of Color Caucus (TUPOCC) of the NLG, and the NLG Anti-Racism Committee (ARC), join communities impacted by police violence to condemn the actions of the Ferguson Police Department and call for increased oversight and accountability for law enforcement systems nationwide.

DC Tribunal Set to Hold Aquino, US Gov’t Accountable for Human Rights Abuses in the Philippines

WASHINGTON, DC—An International Peoples Tribunal (IPT) looking into the human rights abuses in the Philippines under the administration of Benigno Simeon Aquino III is set to take place in Washington, DC on July 16-18. Former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and prominent human rights attorney Azadeh Shahshahani will be amongst the distinguished panel of jurors who will hear live testimonies of witnesses from the Philippines. Conveners of the tribunal include the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines, the National Lawyers Guild, the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, and Ibon International.

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