NLG Passes Resolutions Supporting Prison Abolition and Normalized Relations with Cuba

At its annual Law for the People Convention held this year in Oakland, CA, NLG membership voted to pass two resolutions: one supporting the abolition of prisons, and another calling on the US Government to formally normalize relations with Cuba—both of which exemplify the Guild’s mission of holding human rights over property interests.

Below are excerpts from each resolution. Click on the titles to read them in full. All previous NLG resolutions are available here.

Resolution Supporting the Abolition of Prisons

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Lawyers Guild at its 2015 Law for the People Convention calls for the dprison-abolitionismantling and abolition of all prisons, and of all aspects of systems and institutions that support, condone, create, fill, or protect prisons. The NLG commits itself to supporting grassroots organizing efforts, policy initiatives, and litigation that promotes or moves toward abolition, including: the rights and organizing of prisoners, the defunding and closure of prisons and redirection of prison and policing budgets into social and human services as well as re­entry support; legalization of drug use and sex work; release of prisoners serving life without parole and other inhumane sentences, decreased use of solitary confinement, and efforts to prevent construction of new prisons. 

Resolution on Normalizing Relations with Cuba

1) The Internal Revenue Service should cease all attempts and proceedings to revoke the 501(c)3 non-profit status of IFCO, the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization, based on its long history of using civil disobedience to challenge US restrictions on travel to and trade with Cuba;
2) the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) should cease all impending threats and prosecutions of US persons based on their previous travel to Cuba, including the threatened re-institution of “trials for travel” in Washington DC; and
3) the US State Department should immediately cease its continuing practice of unreasonably withholding or delaying issuance of non-immigrant visas to mainstream Cubans invited to visit the US by academic and professional organizations including the NLG and for this convention.


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