DRAD and NLG File FOIA, Seek Exposure of Infiltration into Inauguration Protests by Law Enforcement and Collusion with Far-Right Groups

Law enforcement court testimony against acquitted J20 defendants exposed infiltration Contact: Chip Gibbons, Defending Rights & Dissent (202) 552-7408 chip@rightsanddissent.org Maggie Ellinger-Locke, National Lawyers Guild (314) 805-7335 Ellinger.Locke@gmail.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 11, 2018 WASHINGTON, D.C.— Defending Rights and Dissent (DRAD) and the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) have once again teamed up to seek information […]

NLG Welcomes Not Guilty Verdict in the First J20 Inauguration Day Protest Trial

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: communications@nlg.org | 212-679-5100, ext. 15 December 21, 2017 WASHINGTON, DC—In a tremendous victory for the right to dissent, a Washington, DC jury has found all six defendants in the first “J20” trial not guilty on all charges. The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) welcomes this verdict despite the politically motivated charges that […]

Inauguration Protest Trials Begin, Resistance Continues

By King Downing, Director of Mass Defense  Trials start today for the first group of January 20 (J20) inauguration protest arrestees. Most of the 192 remaining defendants continue to face riot,  conspiracy, and property destruction charges equaling up to 60 years in prison. On November 13, the seven defendants in the December 11 trial block […]

NLG Mobilizes Legal Support Ahead of “Unite the Right” Counter-Protests

Contact: Andrew Mahler, Central Virginia NLG Chair centralva@nlg.org | 212-679-5100, ext. 15 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 11, 2017 NLG Mobilizes Legal Support Ahead of “Unite the Right” Counter-Protests CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is coordinating legal support in anticipation of counter-protests to the white supremacist “Unite the Right Free Speech Rally” to take place […]

Rights Groups File FOIA to Uncover Details About Police Use of Force, Infiltration of Inauguration Protests

FOIA filing comes as D.C. Council moves to investigate police misconduct on January 20 DC National Lawyers Guild (DC NLG) and Defending Rights and Dissent, two groups who defend the right to protest, are demanding answers about the Metropolitan Police Department’s conduct during anti-Trump inauguration protests. Earlier today, the two groups filed a Freedom of […]

NLG Calls on DC Prosecutors to Drop All Charges against J20 Demonstrators, Legal Observers and Journalists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 2, 2017 Contact: Tasha Moro, NLG Communications Director (212) 679-5100, ext. 15 | communications@nlg.org NEW YORK—The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) calls on prosecutors to drop all remaining charges against the 200+ demonstrators, Legal Observers (LOs) and members of the press who were arrested on Friday, January 20, after thousands of demonstrators […]

FAQ for J20 Arrestees

ATTN: #J20/#DisruptJ20/Inauguration arrestees: Please see these important FAQ page by the DC-NLG Demonstration Support Committee with important contacts, info about next steps in the legal process, and more: dcnlg.wordpress.com/faq-for-jan-20-arrestees

Lawsuit Challenges DC Police Dept’s Unlawful Use of Chemical & “Less Lethal” Weapons, Felony Riot Charges on J20

Above: DC Metro Police kettling protesters at 12th and L St. NW. (Photo: Cynthia Tarana) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 23, 2017 Contact: Tasha Moro, NLG Communications Director (212) 679-5100, ext. 15 | communications@nlg.org WASHINGTON, D.C.— On Friday, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) unlawfully detained and arrested 222 protesters, bystanders, journalists, and NLG Legal Observers while […]

NLG Preparing Legal Support for #J20 Inaugural Protests

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 17, 2017 Contact: Tasha Moro NLG Communications Director 212-679-5100, ext. 15# communications@nlg.org NEW YORK—The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is coordinating with the DC NLG Chapter in preparation for anticipated mass protests at the upcoming 58th Presidential Inauguration and related protests taking place January 19-21, 2017. Large numbers of protestors (and counter-protestors) are […]