Ohio NLG: Law Enforcement Agencies Knocking On Doors to Collect RNC Intel

CLEVELAND, OHIO ― This week, the Ohio Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (Ohio NLG) and the Cleveland Branch of the NAACP received over a dozen reports of door knocks at the homes of local activists and community members by law enforcement officials with the Department of Homeland Security, Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation’s’ […]

Reparations: A Blueprint to Address Systemic Police Violence

By Joey Mogul, NLG-Chicago Joey Mogul is a partner at the People’s Law Office who has represented Burge torture survivors for the last 18 years.  Mogul co-founded the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials and drafted the original reparations ordinance. This article originally appeared at on the People’s Law Office website at http://peopleslawoffice.com/reparations-a-blueprint-to-address-systemic-police-violence/. The City of Chicago made history […]

Baltimore Needs More Than Just Indictments

by Oren Nimni, TUPOCC Chair and Sharlyn Grace, National Vice President As police violence against Black community members and protesters continued this week in Baltimore, we were again reminded why we are proud to be a part of the National Lawyers Guild. The NLG quickly worked with other groups to mobilize legal support for the […]

Q&A with Kris Hermes: RNCs, DNCs, and NSSEs—Oh My!

This is post 10 of 15 in the series “Guild Notes Vol. 41, No. 1 (Spring 2016)” Drawing on first-hand experience and in-depth research, Former Mass Defense Coordinator and longtime Guild member Kris Hermes authored Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000 (PM Press, September 2015), which shows how the escalation of […]

On Ferguson and “Oath Keepers”

By Kris Hermes, Mass Defense Coordinator It is deeply troubling to learn about the deployment in Ferguson and surrounding areas of so-called “Oath Keepers,” predominantly white men armed with automatic assault weapons and positioned near protest activity mainly led by Black youth. Without even considering their reasons for being in Ferguson—on multiple occasions since Michael […]

NLG Provides Critical Support for Demonstrators in Ferguson, Condemns State of Emergency

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kris Hermes, Mass Defense Coordinator kris@nlg.org | 510-681-6361 More than 150 protesters arrested Monday, including at least nine NLG Legal Observers FERGUSON, MO—Police violently cracked down on activists yesterday after imposing a State of Emergency in St. Louis County in an effort to stifle protest commemorating the murder of Michael Brown one […]

High Crimes: Strategies to Further Marijuana Legalization Initiatives

High Crimes: Strategies to Further Marijuana Legalization Initiatives (2013) In November 2012, Washington and Colorado became the first states—and the first jurisdictions in the world—to legalize the possession, use, and regulated distribution of marijuana. Although Attorney General Eric Holder promised in March 2013 to announce a Department of Justice policy to address the state initiatives, […]