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

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 the National Security State was already being set in motion during the Republican National Convention protests (RNC) […]

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, […]