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 […]

The Dangers of Deregulation Under Trump and Pence

By Traci Yoder, NLG Director of Research and Education On December 14th, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote whether to end what is popularly known as “net neutrality.” Citing the previous administration’s “heavy handed Internet regulation,” current FCC Chair Ajit Pai proposes “returning to the longstanding light-touch regulatory framework for the Internet and restoring […]

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 President Responds to Trump’s Pardon of Joe Arpaio

On Friday, President Donald Trump pardoned former Arizona Sheriff and notorious racist Joe Arpaio’s conviction of criminal contempt of court. The former Sheriff is known for his blatant racial profiling of Latinx residents, torture of pre-trial detainees, and emphatic support of Trump. NLG President Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan stated: “Trump’s decision to grant a presidential […]

WEBINAR: Mapping the Right: Reflections and Resistance

  A Conversation with: Trishala Deb, Stefanie Guilloud, Suzanne Pharr and Tarso Ramos Are you wondering how the United States got to its current political landscape?  Struggling to apply your skills, as a legal professional, to best resist the Trump regime in the most accountable way?  Feeling frustrated by lack of cohesion and momentum in progressive […]

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 Cuba Subcommittee Pledges to Provide Legal Assistance to US Travelers to Cuba, In Support of their Right to Travel

In light of President Trump’s Miami announcement today, seeking to further curtail the right of U.S. residents and citizens to travel to Cuba, the Cuba Subcommittee of the National Lawyers Guild reiterates its longstanding support for the right to travel, and pledges to continue to provide legal assistance to U.S. travelers to Cuba. The NLG […]

NLG Denounces Politically Motivated Superseding Indictment in DC Inauguration Felony Cases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 2, 2017 Contact: Jude Ortiz, NLG Mass Defense Committee Chair 612-466-0770 | jude.ortiz@riseup.net NEW YORK—The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) decries US Attorney Channing Phillips’ recently filed superseding indictment against hundreds of people indiscriminately rounded up and arrested on President Trump’s inauguration date, January 20. After the Washington, DC police “kettled” protesters, […]

Legal Observers’ testimony opposing confirmation of Peter Newsham as DC Police Chief

Three individuals who were arrested while serving as NLG Legal Observers during the #J20 protests on Inauguration Day submitted this testimony to the DC City Council in opposition to Peter Newsham (currently Interim Police Chief) being confirmed as the permanent Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Chief of Police, citing: “His disrespect for First Amendment rights as […]

Mass Incarceration in the Trump Era

By Pooja Gehi, NLG Executive Director In 2015, the National Lawyers Guild adopted a resolution calling for the dismantling and abolition of all prisons. As an organization, we recognized mass incarceration in all of its iterations—policing, violence, incarceration, forced labor, privatization and capitalism—as a crisis that we must resist in all of our work. Sharlyn Grace, then […]