NLGSF Files Suit Against Berkeley For Police Brutality Against Black Lives Matter Protesters and Journalists

Eleven people who were clubbed, teargassed, slammed to the ground, shot with impact munitions or groundlessly arrested by the police during a December 6, 2014, Berkeley demonstration sued the City of Berkeley, then-City Manager Christine Daniel, Chief Michael Meehan, the City of Hayward, and Berkeley and Hayward officers in federal court today. The plaintiffs include journalists who were covering the demonstration, as well as demonstrators. They are seeking to revamp how Berkeley polices demonstrations, as well as to be compensated for their injuries.

NLG Plays Pivotal Role in Solitary Confinement Victory

Keyvan Eliasieh
Carlos Villarreal

After years of struggle, people in California prisons dealt a significant blow to the practice of solitary confinement. On September 1, parties reached a settlement in Ashker v. Governor of California, limiting if not eliminating the use of indeterminate long-term solitary confinement. Led by those inside California prisons, who often put their lives on the line, several Guild attorneys and legal workers played a role in this historic victory.

Berkeley Police Department Data Reveals Stark Racial Disparities

Newly released data on police stops confirms local activists' and communities' of color charges of racial profiling in Berkeley. Data on police stops in Berkeley from January 18, 2015 to August 12, 2015, collected by the Berkeley Police Department and disclosed in response to a Public Records Act (PRA) request, reveals a pattern of discriminatory conduct against African American and Latino civilians.

Chapter Election Information

The members of the National Lawyers Guild decide its direction, its policies, and its leadership. This is true at both the national and local levels. If you were not able to vote for our Executive Board candidates in person at our membership meeting, you can now vote online at the link below. Paper ballots are also being mailed to eligible members with addresses on file with the NLGSF. Candidate statements are below.

Black Lives Matter Founder, Alicia Garza, to Address NLG Convention

Mikayla Avalos-Feehan
Law for the People Intern

Alicia Garza will deliver the keynote address at the upcoming #Law4thePeople Convention, October 21st through the 25th in Oakland. Garza is most well known for co-founding #BlackLivesMatter in 2013. That movement was a response to the murder of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, and the latter’s subsequent acquittal. The movement however, is more than just a hash tag and is conscious of the multiple oppressions at work in society. As Garza stated in her October 2014 article for The Feminist Wire, “Black Lives Matter affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, Black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. It centers those that have been marginalized within Black liberation movements.”

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