Water Protector Legal Collective Files Suit for Excessive Force against Peaceful Protesters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 28, 2016 Contact: Tasha Moro, NLG Communications Director: communications@nlg.org | 212-679-5100, ext. 15 CANNON BALL, ND —Today, the Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC-formerly Red Owl), an initiative of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), filed suit in US District Court against Morton County, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirschmeier, and other law enforcement […]

Police Attack Unarmed Standing Rock Water Protectors in Freezing Temperatures with Water Cannons and Other Weapons in 5-Hour Standoff

Contact: Tasha Moro, NLG Communications Director communications@nlg.org | 212-679-5100, ext. 15 CANNON BALL, ND—The Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC; formerly Red Owl), an initiative of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), strongly condemns the flagrant civil and human rights violations committed by Morton County law enforcement last night against unarmed Standing Rock Water Protectors. The standoff […]

Judge Dismisses Trumped-Up Felony Charges Against 15 Water Protectors at Standing Rock

Contact: Tasha Moro, NLG Communications Director communications@nlg.org | 212-679-5100 ext. 15 BISMARCK, ND—On Thursday, Burleigh County Judge Cynthia Feland dismissed felony charges against 15 Water Protectors arrested on October 27 who were praying or protesting near the route of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Even by police accounts, all but a couple people who may have […]

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

Contact: Tasha Moro, NLG Communications Director 212-679-5100, ext. 15# | communications@nlg.org BISMARCK, ND—Today, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), in conjunction with the ACLU of North Dakota, 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 […]

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

Contact: Angela Bibens, Esq.: (701) 226-4579; abibens@aol.com Bruce Ellison, Esq.: (605) 858-1850; belli4law@aol.com or Tasha Moro, NLG Communications Director 212-679-5100, ext. 15#; communications@nlg.org 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 […]

Federal Judge Dissolves DAPL’s Injunction Against Water Protectors

FROM #NoDAPL NLG LEGAL TEAM IN NORTH DAKOTA Contact: NLG Attorneys Bruce Ellison 605-858-1850 Jeff Haas 505-469-0714 Rachel Lederman 415-350-6496 BISMARCK, ND—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 […]

NLG Statement of Solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against Dakota Access Pipeline

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG), the oldest and largest human rights bar association in the United States, by its International Committee, its Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Committee and its Environmental Human Rights Committee, as well as the NLG’s Environmental Justice Committee, stands in solidarity with the sovereign Oceti Sakowin Oyate (the Great Sioux Nation), the Standing Rock […]

Flint Inmates Forced to Drink Lead-Contaminated Water

This is post 7 of 15 in the series “Guild Notes Vol. 41, No. 1 (Spring 2016)” By Shanna Merola, NLG Detroit and Michigan Chapter Legal Observer Coordinator On January 8th, Detroit activists called for a “solidarity road trip” from Detroit to Flint, Michigan to “Arrest Governor Snyder.” That evening, local residents and social justice […]

The Flint River Lead Poisoning Catastrophe in Historical Perspective

This is post 4 of 15 in the series “Guild Notes Vol. 41, No. 1 (Spring 2016)” By Tom Stephens, NLG Detroit and Michigan Chapter The facts of the Flint River lead poisoning are essentially undisputed. Enabled by Michigan’s unprecedented “emergency management” policies affecting primarily African-American cities, it’s a case of spectacular regulatory failure at […]