New Resource: Fact Sheet on “Unmasking Antifa” Act

The National Lawyers Guild and the Academic Solidarity Network have teamed up to challenge the “Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018.” This bill was introduced in the House in July by Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY) and co-sponsored by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC).  This proposed bill states that anyone wearing a “disguise” who injures, […]

Coalition of 40+ Rights Groups Call on DHS to Release Unredacted “Race Paper”

More than 40 racial justice and civil rights groups are calling on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis to release the unredacted memo referred to in other DHS documents as the “Race Paper” and “Growing Frequency of Race-Related Domestic Terrorist Violence.” The memo recently came to light as the result […]

NLG Denounces Civil Rights Violations Against Puerto Rican Activists and Human Rights Lawyers

May 10, 2018 Contact: Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan, NLG President president@nlg.org NEW YORK—The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) joins the Puerto Rican civil rights and legal communities in condemning the actions of law enforcement and the Puerto Rico Department of Justice (PRDOJ), in response to their ongoing persecution and intimidation of human rights lawyers and activists. […]

WEBINAR: Anti-Protest Legislation: Implications for Social Movements

REGISTER NOW! bit.ly/ProtestWebinar Wednesday March 14, 7 PM -8:30 PM EST  Since the end of 2016, nearly 60 bills have been proposed in state legislatures which limit the right to protest or remove liability for harm caused to protesters. This wave of anti-protest legislation comes in the aftermath of the success of recent social movements […]

NLG Opposes “Both Sides” Charlottesville Lawsuit, Supports Redneck Revolt and Socialist Rifle Association

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The National Lawyers Guild (NLG), founded in 1937 as the first racially-integrated, human rights bar association, is committed to fighting — and ending — all forms of white supremacy. When white supremacists came to Charlottesville, anti-racist protesters did not let them run roughshod over the community’s principles. These people, along with individuals […]

NLG Has Strong Presence in Minneapolis Ahead of Super Bowl

By Alexis Watts, NLG Minnesota As the NFL Super Bowl LII approaches Sunday in Minneapolis, the National Lawyers Guild of Minnesota’s mass defense team will be keeping legal score for protesters, and flagging penalties on police fouls. Tensions are running high as state and local governments spend millions of dollars on an event that community […]

Third Charlottesville A12 Counter-Protester Arrested

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: communications@nlg.org | 212-649-5100, ext 15 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—Mr. Donald Blakney was arrested at his home on Friday by Charlottesville Police Department (CPD). He is charged with Malicious Wounding — a felony that carries a 5 year minimum and the possibility of up to 20 years in prison. On August 12, he was […]

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 […]

#COINTELPRO: Disrupting Resistance Movements in the Digital Age

By Tasha Moro, NLG Communications Director Trials began last week in the historic prosecution of nearly 200 “J20” defendants indiscriminately arrested en masse during protests against Trump’s inauguration in Washington, DC, each facing more than 60 years in prison on rioting and property damage charges. In an affront to the First and Fourth Amendments, federal […]