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Emergency Update on Housing during Coronavirus!

Friends and Comrades. As we go to press, the Coronavirus has changed everything, including the rights of tenants and homeowners.

On March 22, 2020, as a result of mass protest, the president signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES ACT’). The CARES ACT declares a moratorium (120 days after March 27, 2020) on evictions and foreclosures in … Read more>>

NLG-Legal Observers Improvise during Pandemic

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, good people are still busy fighting for a better world! Yesterday, Thursday March 26, our comrades from several organizations were in Bristol fighting to free all those who are in ICE detention during the COVID 19 crisis. The protest was carried out in cars, so the NLG Legal Observers – Makis Antzoulatos & Matthew Shepard – … Read more>>

City Life/Vida Urbana Sit-in at Mayor Walsh’s office

On Thursday, March 5, 2020, Patricia Cantor, Jeff Feuer, and Lee Goldstein served as NLG Legal Observers as 40-50 members and supporters of City Life/Vida Urbana staged a sit-in in Boston Mayor Walsh’s office to demand a meeting with him to discuss the totally inadequate amount of affordable housing to be developed and built at Suffolk Downs over the next … Read more>>

National Lawyers Guild Northeast Regional Conference is Cancelled

Unfortunately, due to mounting concerns and increased preventative measures being taken for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) The Northeast Regional Conference is Cancelled. The conference will be rescheduled for sometime this Fall. Please be on the lookout for updates surrounding this event.

Event Description:

NLG members & friends from all over the northeast will gather to deepen our connections with each other … Read more>>

NLG-Mass Settles Lawsuit against BPD and BRIC!

NLG PUBLIC RECORDS LAWSUIT AGAINST BOSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT PRODUCES EVIDENCE OF WIDESPREAD SURVEILLANCE OF ACTIVISTS

 

Boston, January 30, 2020 –  In late August 2019, the National Lawyers Guild-Mass Chapter (NLG) settled its public records lawsuit against the Boston Police Department (BPD) and Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC), our local fusion center.  The lawsuit was filed in 2017 on behalf … Read more>>

NLG-Mass Development Committee Members Hard At Work

On Monday, January 27, the NLG-Mass Chapter Development and Fundraising Committee members sat down together for dinner and to discuss the roadmap for 2020. They discussed new projects, strategies for chapter growth and expansion as well as the future of political actions that the chapter would be taking part in. Needless to say, this is going to be another exciting … Read more>>

NLG-Mass Chapter Holiday Party 2019

Last Friday, December 6, NLG-Mass Chapter members and lawyers gathered at Encuentro 5 to celebrate a long year of hard fought cases in pursuit of justice for the people. The evening was lively and all those present enjoyed good food, drink and company. At the end of the night, the annual fundraising raffle was held and winners enjoyed prizes like … Read more>>

NLG Happy Hour: ICE Detention Centers

November’s NLG Happy Hour was lead by Mario Paredes. As the Bart J. Gordon Fellow/Staff Attorney at Mass Law Reform Institute and Prisoners’ Legal Services, Mario Paredes was able to create his dream job combining his interest in immigrant rights, his legal skills, and his desire to engage with community activists.  Beginning his work, Mario is assessing the needs of … Read more>>

Mass Defense Committee End of the Year Update

It is always a great sign when we sit to write our end of the year update at the Mass Defense Committee and cannot keep straight all the incredible things the MDC has done over the year. Activists and organizers around Massachusetts have been involved in bold and energetic actions, fighting against oppression, and for the liberation of of all … Read more>>

#Law4ThePeople Convention

Being in the South for this year’s #Law4thePeople Convention was a fitting reflection point on how the NLG’s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s still resonates with members and supporters alike.  However, it was clear from the convention’s beginning that the NLG as a national force and its regional offices are in a different landscape from that … Read more>>

NLG-Mass Chapter Happy Hour: ICE Detention Centers

NLG-Mass Chapter Happy Hour: ICE Detention Centers

Join us on Wednesday, November 13th for a discussion about ICE detention centers in Massachusetts and the work being done to help those suffering in custody. 

Mario Paredes, Bart J. Fellow/Staff Attorney at the Mass Law Reform Institute and Prisoner’s Legal Services and will lead the discussion and go into depth about … Read more>>

#Law4ThePeople Convention Photos

Earlier this month, the National Lawyers Guild held the #Law4ThePeople Convention in Durham, North Carolina. This blog post is the first in regards to the convention, but will be followed with more event specific commentary. Until then, we wanted to give a brief look at some of the people and sights. Below is a gallery of selected photographs from NLG … Read more>>

Mass Defense Committee Update: Straight Pride Protest and the Fight for Immigrant Rights

This will not be the most artful update, because I am trying to write it between 1000 other tasks. But I wanted our membership to know about the incredible work of the Mass Defense Committee in the last month.    As folks probably know, there were over 30 people arrested demonstrating against the far-right “Straight Pride” event. The NLG along… Read more>>

NLG-Mass Happy Hour: Supporting Puerto Rico

Happy Hour: Supporting Puerto Rico

This past summer tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in Puerto Rico demanding the ouster of the corrupt governor Ricardo Rosselló. Amazingly, they succeeded in their demands. Rosselló resigned August 2 under threats of impeachment. But that was just one chapter in the long history of the 120 years of corporate dominance and political inequality in … Read more>>

NLG Legal Observers in action at “Straight Pride” Parade Protest

NLG Legal Observers in action at “Straight Pride” Parade Protest

When “Straight Pride Is Hate Pride” reached out to the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), the NLG responded. This was one of the groups organizing protests of the so-called “Straight Pride” parade in Boston Saturday, August 31, organized by individuals with ties to white supremacist groups.

NLG legal observers are present … Read more>>

Under Arrest for Non-Violent Protest against ICE

Under Arrest for Non-Violent Protest against ICE

On Thursday, after a march of several hundred mostly young Jewish activists from the Holocaust Memorial across the Longfellow Bridge, twelve of the demonstrators  were arrested for siting in the lobby of Amazon’s Cambridge Headquarters protesting Amazon’s complicity with ICE  for developing facial recognition software and other cloud based technology in aid of … Read more>>

Judge Sinnott’s Overreach Put in Check by SJC Justice Gaziano

SJC Justice rules in favor of Suffolk District Attorney Rollins in feud with Boston Municipal Court Judge

As reported by the Boston Globe, on Monday, September 9, 2019, a Supreme Judicial Court justice handed Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins a major victory, ruling that Boston Municipal Court Judge Richard Sinnott III had, “no authority,” to force Rollins to push ahead … Read more>>

Fighting for Free Speech in Critique: In Defense of Minority Union Workers

Fighting for Free Speech in Critique: In Defense of Minority Union Workers

A local union consisting mostly of racial minorities was recommended for dissolution and transfer of its members into two other local unions because its officers (racial minorities) and members criticized the mostly white staff and officers of the intermediate labor organization to which the local belonged (AFSCME Joint … Read more>>

The Fight Against Climate Change: In Defense of “Extinction Rebellion”

The Fight Against Climate Change: In Defense of “Extinction Rebellion”

On July 31st, Jeff Feuer of the Mass Defense Committee appeared in the central Boston Municipal Court to represent 10 members of the climate change activist group, Extinction Rebellion.  The activists were facing clerk-magistrate “show cause” hearings on charges of trespass and failure to disperse from a so-called “riot” stemming … Read more>>

Flowers v. All White Juries – by Madison Levin

Flowers v. All White Juries

Madison Levin

 

When selecting a jury, the attorneys for both sides have the opportunity to peremptorily challenge prospective jurors, striking them from the jury without needing to provide an explanation. These challenges, however, are not without limits. In 1986, in the seminal case Batson v. Kentucky, the Supreme Court ruled that a State may … Read more>>

The Citizenship Question – by Madison Levin

The Citizenship Question

by Madison Levin

 

The Enumeration Clause of the Constitution specifies that the population be calculated by “adding to the whole Number of free Persons… three-fifths of all other Persons.” In light of the current census controversy, it is significant that racism was written into the United States Constitution and remains entrenched our democracy and our legal … Read more>>

A Trumped-Up Crisis at the Border! ft. Victor Aronow and Hillary Farber

On July 9, 2019 at the Cambridge YMCA library, two National Lawyers Guild members presented “A Trumped-Up Crisis at the Border”.  Victor Aronow, one of the co-founders of the Massachusetts Chapter of the NLG, lives in Phoenix, Arizona and runs the non-profit Refugee Aid, established by the NLG in Arizona.  With migrants crossing the southern border at unprecedented numbers, the… Read more>>

NLG-Mass Chapter Summer Retreat 2019

On Saturday, July 13thNLG-Mass Chapter members gathered at the Old Oak Dojo in Jamaica Plain to discuss the present state and future trajectory of the Chapter. In addition to Guild members, several community organizers also came and presented their goals and hopes in continuing to work with the Guild. Those included: Kayla Degala Paraiso of MatahariRead more>>

NLG Legal Observing at Never Again Protest and Representing Arrested Activists

NLG Support for Activists from Never Again Movement 

18 activists from Never Again Para Nadie: Jews Against ICE were arrested and charged with trespassing on the night of Tuesday, July 2nd at the demonstration organized by Cosecha with a march to the ICE detention facility at the South Bay Jail in Boston. On the morning of  Wednesday, July 3rd, they … Read more>>

NLG-Mass Chapter’s Memory Lane – 50th Anniversary Edition

For 50 years (since its re-establishment in 1969), the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild has worked tirelessly in pursuit of justice for the people. With so many hurdles overcome and still many ahead, we thought it would be nice to take a look back at the history which has helped shape who we are today. 

The following photographs … Read more>>