Tag Archives: National Lawyers’ Guild


Status and action needed for particular antiprotest/antidissent bills in the Minnesota State Legislature.

Traci Yoder | New Anti-Protesting Legislation: A Deeper Look

Civil liberties advocates are clearly questioning which individuals or interest groups are behind this wave of legislation all targeting mass protests and the right to dissent at the same moment.

A Crackdown On Our Right To Stand Up

Jordan Kushner: “These are reactionary voices who are out to quash dissent, all directed at Black Lives Matter–-right-wing legislators who are catering to the prejudices of their base.”

Protest Policing in Trump’s America: Notes for J20 and Beyond

Students in the course are taught three tiered levels of response: crowd management, crowd intervention, and crowd control.

Marjorie Cohn | Trump’s Blindness Toward Slavery, Jim Crow

The head of the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent compared police killings of African-Americans in the United States to lynchings.

How U.S. Law Enforcement Is Working To Criminalize Dissent

 Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTFs), of which there are currently 104 located in cities and towns across the United States, were created in the 1980s and greatly expanded in the aftermath of 9/11. They were set up to coordinate between diverse federal agencies and local law enforcement, and often work in tandem with “Fusion Centers” […]

Jim Walsh, MinnPost: Meet the Mall of America 11

Walsh: …at the moment the MOA 11 stand together as a brave if somewhat reluctant figurehead, a group of thought leaders who see themselves as torch bearers of their lunch-counter-sitting and back-of-the-bus–sitting forefathers and mothers before them, taking on America’s history of institutional racism itself.

Communities United Against Police Brutality

Arrested Legal Observer: Ferguson a ‘Pilot Program’ for When Communities Respond to Police Brutality

 Each legal observer arrested in Ferguson was “arrested for doing their job,” NLG interim executive director Dan Gregor said.  Gregor described other concerns he had with the kind of “police overreaching” that had occurred in Ferguson. By Kevin Gosztola  The Dissenter  FireDogLake,com  August 30, 2014 The National Lawyers Guild had legal observers on the ground in […]

Moyers: How Dollarocracy is Destroying America

The money and power behind this week’s election results confirm what everyone knows: democracy is under siege. Corporations buy elections with virtually unlimited cash and big media conglomerates reap billions from political advertising. Published on Friday, November 8, 2013 by Moyers & Company This week on Moyers & Company, Bill talks to John Nichols and Robert McChesney about America’s transformation into […]

Groups Fault Boston Police For Surveillance

Groups Fault Boston Police For Surveillance By Monica Brady-Myerov October 18, 2012    90.9wbur Boston’s NPR Station BOSTON — The Boston chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is asking the Boston Police Department to stop monitoring peaceful demonstrations, interrogating activists and categorizing peaceful groups as extremists. After reviewing hundreds of public police records the ACLU and the National […]

Court declares 92 Occupy Chicago arrests unconstitutional

Court declares 92 Occupy Chicago arrests unconstitutional A judge in Cook County, Illinois on Thursday dismissed over 90 cases against Occupy Chicago activists on the grounds that they violated the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. By David Edwards Thursday, September 27, 2012 15:25 EDT  TheRawStory.com Judge Thomas Donnelly declared that the city’s park […]

Dave Lindorff> Did the White House Direct the Police Crackdown on Occupy?

Documents Show How White House and Democrats Worked to Protect the Banks Against Protests Did the White House Direct the Police Crackdown on Occupy? by DAVE LINDORFF    May 14, 2012    Counterpunch A new trove of heavily redacted documents provided by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in response to a Freedom of […]

CHICAGO NLG RELEASE: NATO Police Violence, Serious Injuries, High-Level Charges & High Bonds Are City’s Reaction to Protests

NLG RELEASE: NATO Police Violence, Serious Injuries, High-Level Charges & High Bonds Are City’s Reaction to Protests by Occupy Chicago Press Relations on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 5:47pm · PRESS RELEASE Chicago Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild For Immediate Release: May 25, 2012 National Lawyers Guild Provides Wrap-up of Police Actions During Week-long NATO Demonstrations Police […]

NATO Summit Protest> Marching for a world without war and poverty

Marching for a world without war and poverty Nicole Colson reports on the mobilization from around the country to send a message of resistance against the world leaders responsible for war and austerity. May 21, 2012   socialistworker.org Thousands march against war and austerity in Chicago as the NATO summit begins SOME 15,000 protesters took to […]

Cities that broke up Occupy camps now face lawsuits over free speech, use of force

Cities that broke up Occupy camps now face lawsuits over free speech, use of force   The Washington Post  December 22, 2011  Niedowski reported from Providence, R.I. Associated Press writer Deepti Hajela in New York contributed. Yvette Felarca is among those suing campus police and administration officials at the University of California, Berkeley, after officers forcefully […]

National Lawyers Guild requests files FOIA requests seeking evidence of Federal role in Occupy crackdown

National Lawyers Guild files FOIA requests seeking evidence of Federal role in Occupy crackdown by Dave Lindorff   Published: Sunday 20 November 2011    Nation of Change “The National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Committee and the Partnership for Civil Justice today filed requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).” With Con­gress no longer per­form­ing […]

Breaking anger, from Oakland to Tottenham, by Jesse Strauss, Al Jazeera

Breaking anger, from Oakland to Tottenham California activists worry UK police will import heavily armed enforcement tactics that violate the right to dissent. Jesse Strauss Last Modified: 05 Sep 2011 13:26  Al Jazeera Parallels between UK and California unrest worry activists that police will share ‘illegal and militaristic’ tactics to respond to urban unrest [Jesse Strauss/Al Jazeera] British […]