Since the 1930s, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) has worked to advance human and civil rights. The NLG is a progressive bar association of lawyers, legal workers, and law students dedicated to overcoming political, social, and economic injustices. The Massachusetts Chapter of the NLG is joined by over 300 legal professionals, united in an organization which functions “as an effective political and social force in the service of people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests.”

 
 
  

We are now soliciting nominations for the 2015 NLG Dinner Honorees. The Dinner will be held on Friday, May 15, 2015 (save the date!) at Dante Alighieri Cultural Center in Kendall Sq., Cambridge.

Please nominate a lawyer, legal worker, or law student (3rd year, graduating in 2015) who works on and contributes to progressive causes. Just fill out the form and return it to us by the deadline, November 30th; the 2015 Honorees will be chosen on December 17th.

 

 

NLG is on the ground providing legal support to protesters in Ferguson. To support these efforts, you can donate here. 

National Lawyers Guild Condemns Ongoing Arrests of Legal Observers in Ferguson 

NLG and Other Legal Groups Send Letter to ICC Urging an Investigation into Potential War Crimes Committed by Israel and US in Gaza under “Operation Protective Edge” 

National Lawyers Guild Urges US Government to Cease $3 Billion Annual Military Aid to Israel 

Message in memory of Rob Doyle by Carol Steinberg 

Action Alert: Sign the NLG Mass Statement to Stop Shackling Pregnant Incarcerated women 

Update: NLG and others claim a victory against shackling of pregnant incarcerated Women! 

 

Upcoming Events:    

NLG Presents…” Happy Hour

November 12, 2014, 6:00-8:00 PM

Red Hat Cafe, 9 Bowdoin St., Boston

Stephen Hrones, a criminal defense lawyer who has spent 40 years doing police misconduct litigation, and Carl Williams, a racial justice staff attorney at the ACLU of Massachusetts, will give a talk entitled No Safe Place: Police Brutality in Massachusetts.

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NLG & ACLUM Reveal Pattern of Police
Spying and Surveillance.

Boston Police Violate their own Rules in Spying on People Expressing their First Amendment Right

 

Over the last ten years, the U.S. government has increased its scrutiny of dissenting political voices in the country to a degree that is almost unprecedented in history.  

In response, in August 2011, the National Lawyers Guild, Massachusetts Chapter (NLG) and the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts (ACLUM) filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) on behalf of local activists and organizations to challenge the Boston Police Department’s (BPD) refusal to release public records concerning its ongoing surveillance of peaceful political demonstrations and events.  

As a result of the lawsuit, the BPD released documents and video footage which show the extraordinary extent to which local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, combining their forces in one of 72 regional domestic surveillance centers (the Boston Regional Intelligence Center – BRIC), routinely monitor, spy, and report on ordinary citizens engaged in peaceful, First Amendment-protected activities.  The shocking scope of this police misconduct demonstrates how far we have gone down the road to becoming a country obsessed with surveillance and control, with little or no regard for the constitutional rights or privacy of the people.
 
On October 16, 2012, the NLG & ACLUM sent a letter to Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis demanding that the surveillance and monitoring of peaceful activists and organizations stop immediately and that mechanisms be created to ensure transparency and accountability of the BRIC and its officers.

 

On October 18, 2012, the NLG & ACLUM released documents and video footage (BPD protest footage and BPD police training on Occupy Boston) obtained through the filing of the FOIA lawsuit, and a report with an analysis of those documents and videos.To view the NLG/ACLUM press release or read additional documents, click the links below.

As reported by Channel 7 WHDH-TV News

 

2010-3-29–FOIA Request from NLG
2010-5-18–FOIA Response to NLG
2010-12-2–FOIA Response to NLG-
2011-6-24–FOIA Request from ACLU
2011-7-12–FOIA Response to ACLU

 

Memorandum of Understanding-BPS and Revere
Memorandum of Understanding-BPD and Chelsea
Memorandum of Understanding-BPD and Cambridge
Memorandum of Understanding-BPD and Brookline
Integrated Justice Information Systems (IJIS) Equipment
DHS privacy letter to BRIC
BRIC SARS powerpoint
BRIC privacy policy
BRIC ISE SAR Privacy Policy
BRIC Criminal Intel File Guidelines

 

BPD Intelligence Reports

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