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 […]

NLG Condemns Violent Police Response to Black Lives Matter Protests Nationwide

Scroll down for additional links and resources. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: communications@nlg.org NOTE: As this press release was being published, we learned about James Scurlock, a 22-year-old Black man, shot and killed during a protest last night in Omaha, NE by an alleged white supremacist yelling racial slurs. Support the Scurlock family at this GoFundMe […]

NLG in Solidarity with Minneapolis Following Police Killing of George Floyd

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: communications@nlg.org MINNEAPOLIS—The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is in active solidarity with the people of Minneapolis following the murder of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, by a Minneapolis Police Department officer on May 25. Thousands of people took to the streets in outrage and mourning in the first spontaneous, major protest […]

Know Your Rights During COVID-19

Download: bit.ly/KYRights2020 In response to COVID-19, numerous public health and national security measures are being proposed and implemented across the nation. While necessary to protect our communities and health care systems, we must be vigilant and resist authoritarian and violent tendencies by the state. As an abolitionist, anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist organization, the National Lawyers Guild recognizes […]

NLG Students Produce Report on Massachusetts Campus Police

by Chase Childress, Christine Farolan (NUSL NLG), and Alex Stein (NLG Chicago) Ahead of the annual NLG Week Against Mass Incarceration, NLG members from Northeastern Law and Chicago NLG have produced a report on private campus police forces using the Northeastern University Police Department as a case study. We encourage all NLG student chapters to […]

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 […]