• National Lawyers Guild Congratulates Raboteau Massacre Victims on Historic Victory

    The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) congratulates the victims of the Raboteau Massacre on their recent victory after a 14-year struggle in the courts of Haiti and the United States. On May 16, the victims received over $400,000 in court-awarded compensation. NLG President Marjorie Cohn noted that “the Raboteau victims have provided all of us a […]

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  • Passing of Crispin “Ka Bel” Beltran: Statement from the 2006 Delegation of Women Lawyers

    We were deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Ka Bel, news which shook those close to him, but also so many around the world. We wish to add our voices to the multitudes that are mourning his death, but also celebrating his life. His was a lifetime full of struggle against injustices, […]

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  • TUPOCC-NLG: Statement of Support for Palestinian Liberation

    The founding Alabama Manifesto of The United People of Color Caucus (TUPOCC) calls on its members to “[d]emand that white and privileged Guild members take accountability for their racism and other oppressive behaviors by joining us in examining and effectively changing the culture of the NLG.” Upholding that call, TUPOCC, as a body within the […]

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  • Peace Conference and Petition Drive to End the Korean War

    Eric Sirotkin The NLG Korean Peace Project, along with the Veterans for Peace Korea Peace Campaign, announced several joint undertakings, including a Petition Drive, conference and Photo Exhibit. First, is a Petition to Congress for a Peace Treaty to end the Korean War . The petition states: “While we struggle to end the terrible war […]

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  • Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination: Guild participates in UN Review

    Curtis Cooper In 1994, the United States Senate ratified the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (the CERD). Although the United States is supposed to make reports to the UN committee which oversees compliance with the CERD every two years, it did not file its second report until 2007. Mobilization […]

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  • Disturbing the Peace, in Haiti and New Orleans

    Brian Concannon Gerard Jean-Juste, a Catholic priest from Haiti, just does not know when to shut up. In the 1970’s he saw his people starved and persecuted while Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier lived in opulence, so he organized for change. The Duvalier regime responded as dictatorships do, and kicked him out of the country. When […]

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  • Observations from the hearing of Father Gerard Jean-Juste

    by Ollie Ruth Jefferson, Attorney at Law PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI – I arrived at the Palace of Justice with Father Gerard Jean-Juste’s lead attorney, Mario Joseph, and three other observers, approximately 15 minutes prior to the hearing. The UN presence was palpable, evident by their blue helmets, with possibly 20 stationed outside the front […]

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  • Defending Dictatorship: U.S. Foreign Policy and Pakistan’s Struggle for Democracy

     Jan. ’08 NLG Delegation to Pakistan Issues Report A National Lawyers Guild delegation from the United States, made up of 4 lawyers and 4 law students, visited Pakistan from January 2-12, 2008. Here is the report from the delegation. About the report Delegation members went to Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Islamabad where they conducted interviews […]

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  • Informe sobre Delegación a Bolivia Enero 2– 10, 2007

    Beth Baltimore, Brooklyn, NY Antoine J. Bastien van der Meer, Lane, OK Melissa Brennan, New York, NY Mark Burton, Boulder, CO Mercedes Castillo, CA RESUMEN EJECUTIVO Bolivia es un país que atraviesa una transformación histórica. Colonizado y recolonizado por el capital extranjero, durante muchos siglos esta nación sudamericana ha sido el campo de juego para […]

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  • Baseless Arrests Continue in Haiti

    Brian Concannon Rev. Gérard Jean-Juste’s struggles with Haiti’s criminal justice system have been a good gauge of the system’s health for the last three years. The latest episode, last month, showed that rule of law is alive in Haiti — if not exactly kicking. “Fr. Gerry,” a Catholic priest well-known as an advocate for South […]

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