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Van Hollen should scrap singers' prosecutions

Activist Craig Spaulding handcuffed at Solidarity Sing Along (Mike DeVries - The Capital Times)
The Cap Times
February 7, 2014

“The First Amendment still lives in Wisconsin’s Capitol today,” declares Patricia Hammel, the vice chair of the Madison chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. Hammel, an attorney for one of the singers arrested during Gov. Scott Walker’s attempt to silence dissent in the state Capitol last year, was celebrating a major victory in the long legal struggle to restore respect for the Constitution in Walker’s Wisconsin.

Failure to Convict NATO 3 Protesters as Terrorists Undermines Broader Police Entrapment Trend

Huffington Post
February 2, 2014

Three young activists were acquitted of terrorism charges Friday, but convicted of mob action and arson-related felonies for their part in a supposed crime involving Molotov cocktails that was manufactured, both figuratively and literally, by the Chicago Police Department (CPD), and likely the FBI, in the lead-up to the May 2012 demonstrations against the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Developments in the Policing of National Special Security Events: An Analysis of the 2012 RNC and DNC

Drawing from firsthand observations of NLG members who were in Tampa and Charlotte, as well as interviews with activists and media accounts, this report presents an overview of the 2012 RNC and DNC demonstrations and makes recommendations for treatment of protesters at future events. In particular, we discuss the effects of designating political conventions as NSSEs, the selection of host cities, the expenditures on police equipment and personnel, the adoption of protest-targeted ordinances, the preconceived police narrative of protester violence, and the evolving use of media technology by protesters and police.

Guild Notes: Vol. 38, No. 1 (Spring 2013)

A federal lawsuit challenges domestic spying
Occupy victories continue in court
The strange case of the NATO 5
Lessons from litigating Al-Haramain
Guild amicus brief bolsters defense of voting rights
Puerto Rico convention preview
Students reflect on exoneration campaign
2012 Student Day Against the Death Penalty
Venezuela's decision to withdraw from the American Convention on Human Rights
Interview with NIPNLG Director Dan Kesselbrenner
Michigan members mount repsonse to democracy emergency

Occupiers Prevail Over Infiltrators, Unconstitutional Ordinances, Vindictive DAs

Occupy Boston members demonstrate against wealth inequality and corporate malfeasance in October 2011. Of the 193 arrested in two raids on the protest camp, the 26 with open cases in February 2013 had their charges dropped. Photo by Tim Plenk

On the second Friday in February, Boston prosecutors announced that they were dropping all charges against 26 people who had been swept up in two late night raids of Occupy Boston almost a year and a half earlier. The move came as a surprise to the arrestees and their NLG defense team who were deep in preparation for a trial the following Monday.

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