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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.

Ahead of Inauguration, Report Explores Militarized Approach to Protest Policing

January 16, 2013

Next Monday, January 21, over 3,000 law enforcement officers and some 13,000 military troops will descend on the Washington Mall. The occasion is not a coup but the presidential inauguration, which will prompt the kind of militarized police mobilization that is a hallmark of National Special Security Events (NSSEs).

NYC Chapter Continues Massive Defense of OWS Activists

“It’s going to be a long day for you guys – they’ve already started arresting people downtown,” the senior court officer told me on the morning of November 17. Two days after the raid on Zuccotti Park, the 17th was a day of mass demonstrations confronting the injustices of global capital at its symbolic center in the Financial District. A five-minute walk from Wall Street at the Manhattan Criminal Court, it was also arraignment day for 30 of more than 700 people arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge six weeks earlier.

Montana’s Coal Export Action and the Need for an Increased Guild Presence in the Fossil Fuel Hinterlands

Montana contains over one-quarter of the coal reserves in the United States. Coal companies which are already actively mining throughout the state plan to capitalize on the growing global energy shortage by ramping up extraction, expanding rail lines to the Pacific coast, and shipping coal to Asia. The prospect of increased coal extraction and shipping has mobilized environmental activists throughout the Northwest and NLG members are supporting them every step of the way. 

NLGers Converge to Support RNC/DNC Protests

This year’s RNC and DNC presented a demanding set of circumstances for NLG protest support efforts. Both conventions were held in cities with no NLG chapter and with few or no NLG members. Drawing on the expertise, time, and passion of members across the country, as well as a phenomenal group of new student members from Charlotte Law School, Mass Defense Coordinator Abi Hassen and a team of volunteers provided Legal Observers® at every major protest and 24-hour legal support hotlines in both Tampa and

Charlotte.

Tampa

Winter 2012

Included in Volume 37, Number 4:

  • An account of NLG support for the Coal Export Action in Montana
  • A report from the national mobilization to support protests at the RNC and DNC
  • A round-up of student chapter activity nationwide
  • NLG election results
  • Photos from the 75th anniversary convention in Pasadena
  • Information about the NLG's new sexual harassment policy
  • Ward Morehouse and Gustin Reichbach remembered
  • An article about an NLG trip to monitor Venezuela's presidential election

Occupy and the police needn't be enemies

The Guardian
December 10, 2012

As Sandy showed  Many activists now appearing in court had organised relief during the storm. Hopefully NYPD officers will remember that.

Ninety-nine people arrested during Occupy Wall Street's 17 September anniversary actions had their court dates last week. They trooped into the courthouse accompanied by green-hatted legal observers and National Lawyers Guild representatives, and faced the judge. Their charges mostly boiled down to "being part of a public protest".

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