Law Enforcement Targets Water Protectors at Treaty People Gathering Against Line 3 Pipeline; About 200 Arrested

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: communications@nlg.org On June 7th and 8th, the Treaty People Gathering as part of the Indigenous-led movement to stop Line 3, shut down work at an active Line 3 pump station near the Mississippi headwaters. Thousands of people from across the country gathered together in northern Minnesota to stop Enbridge’s work on […]

Abolish the Police by Bart Everson

NLG Adopts Resolution Supporting Police Abolition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: communications@nlg.org National Lawyers Guild (NLG) membership voted to pass a resolution supporting police abolition following its #Law4thePeople Convention last fall, acknowledging that the institution of policing is incompatible with the NLG’s mission to use law in defense of human rights and ecosystems over property interests. Taking leadership from community demands reiterated […]

NLG Demands Immediate Structural Change in Wake of Impeachment and Attempted Coup

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: communications@nlg.org Last week’s white supremacist coup attempt facilitated by law enforcement makes clear that the path forward requires a serious reckoning with the conditions that caused this moment. White supremacy, though mentioned in mainstream news media more frequently in the last year, is not remotely a new phenomenon—it was the ideology […]

RNC 200 Philadelphia by Brandun Kayal

NLG Organizing Legal Support Ahead of 2020 RNC and DNC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: communications@nlg.org The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is preparing legal support for anticipated protests at the 2020 Republican and Democratic National Conventions taking place this month. NLG chapters in Charlotte, NC; Jacksonville, FL; and Milwaukee, WI have been coordinating with the National Office to support demonstrations in the midst of rapidly changing […]

NLG Southwest Region & Water Protector Legal Collective Joint Statement on Federal Troops in Albuquerque, NM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: director@waterprotectorlegal.org The Southwest Region chapters of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG-SW) and Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC) call on New Mexico state officials and federal officials to act quickly to halt the deployment of federal law enforcement officers to Albuquerque, New Mexico. On July 4, 2020, President Trump deployed federal agents […]

NLG-PDX Chapter Statement on Federal Troops in Portland

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: communications@nlg.org For the past two months, after the police killing of George Floyd, tens of thousands of Portland residents have continued to engage in daily demonstrations against police violence and in support of the movement for Black lives. In response, the Portland Police and Multnomah County Sheriffs have used unnecessary and […]

NLG Partners with Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: communications@nlg.org The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is proud to announce a new sustainable partnership with Know Your Rights Camp (KYRC), founded by Colin Kaepernick. KYRC’s mission is to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, and mass mobilization. KYRC and NLG will partner to expand […]

NLG Statement in Support of #8toAbolition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: communications@nlg.org The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) supports the #8toAbolition campaign, which builds on decades of work by Black feminist abolitionists to demand an end to policing and prisons, and community investment that prioritizes the lives and safety of Black people. 8 to Abolition was created by BIPOC police and prison abolitionists as […]

Police Targeting NLG Legal Observers at Black Lives Matter Protests

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: communications@nlg.org Since protests have spread to all 50 states in response to the police murders of George Floyd and countless other Black people, law enforcement has responded with a violent show of force against protestors as well as journalists, street medics, and legal support. Multiple National Lawyers Guild (NLG) Legal Observers […]

NLG Statement on the President’s Unlawful Declaration of Antifa as a Domestic Terrorist Organization

Contact: communications@nlg.org In the long history of protest, governments have often sought to discredit political activists who challenge the status quo. President Donald Trump’s recent declaration, that “antifa”—shorthand for “anti-fascist”—is a domestic terrorist organization, is no departure from this tradition. As protests continue to erupt around the country in response to the murder of George […]