• NLG joins Puerto Rican call for investigation of Dominican judges

    The National Lawyers Guild joined in a complaint by Puerto Rican organizations to the island’s Attorney General, calling for the investigation of crimes against humanity by judges from the Dominican Republic responsible for the violation of Haitians’ human rights in the Dominican Republic. The letter asks the Attorney General to hold the judges in Puerto […]

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  • NLG upholds Puerto Rican rights

    The National Lawyers Guild sent a copy of its resolution on Puerto Rico to President Barack Obama on November 12, 2010. In his letter, NLG President David Gespass reiterated the Guild’s commitment to Puerto Rican rights, including independence and self-determination, and urged the release of Puerto Rican political prisoners. Resolution on NLG Solidarity with Puerto […]

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  • Puerto Rican Political Prisoners: 30 Years in US Prisons

    Jan Susler of the People’s Law Office delivered the following speech to the National Lawyers Guild Convention in New Orleans, LA on September 23-26, 2010. Her talk addresses the continuing struggle of the Puerto Rican prisoners for justice and liberation, both from prison and from colonialism: presented at the National Lawyers Guild Convention September 23, […]

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  • Puerto Rican Colegio de Abogados grants Guild members honorary membership

    Puerto Rico’s Colegio de Abogados, the Puerto Rican bar association, voted in its 170th General Assembly to extend honorary membership to the members of the National Lawyers Guild, an act taken in recognition of the Guild’s solidarity for the Colegio. The full text of the resolution follows: Resolution No. 19 Colegio de Abogados de Puerto […]

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  • International Committee Presents on Puerto Rico to UN Decolonization Committee

    To download and read the report click the link below. Presentation to the United Nations Decolonization Committee (pdf)

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  • National Lawyers Guild initiates campaign to raise awareness of the attack on the Puerto Rican Bar Association

    San Juan, Puerto Rico: A delegation of 15 people from the National Lawyers Guild International Committee has just concluded a four day visit to Puerto Rico. Contacts: Attorney Susan Scott, 916/849-3695, syscott@progidy.net Attorney Emily Yozell, 787/368-5740, emyozell@gmail.com After conducting an onsite investigation of the Puerto Rican government’s policies aimed at individuals who promote and defend […]

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  • U.S. Military Policy and Vieques: The Constitutionality and Consequences of Bombing a Nation

    Puerto Rico has been a colony for half a millennium, first under control of Spain and then for the past 100 years as a territory of the United States after the Spanish-American War. However U.S. interests in the island nation began in 1823 with the infamous Monroe Doctrine. President Monroe’s distaste for European involvement and […]

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  • Puerto Rico Bar Association Under Attack for its Progressive and Independista politics

    The Puerto Rico Bar Association, founded in 1840, is the oldest professional organization in Puerto Rico and the third oldest in the American hemisphere. It is a mandatory organization, similar to the majority of state bar associations in the U.S., such as California and Florida, where membership is required. In addition to providing services to […]

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  • Update on Puerto Rico: Task Force on the Americas to Reinitiate PR Work

    At this year’s convention, the NLG International Committee Americas Task Force made the important decision to reinitiate its work around Puerto Rico in the future. The decision came after a presentation by Judith Berkan, longtime Guild member and resident of Puerto Rico, supported by Jan Susler, also a longtime Guild member who lived many years […]

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  • International Committee appears at UN Decolonization Hearings on Puerto Rico

    Jan Susler After 400 years of Spanish colonial rule of Puerto Rico, in 1898 Spain ceded Puerto Rico to the United States, and the U.S. militarily invaded and established a military government. Over a century later, Puerto Rico continues to be a U.S. colony- one of the few juridical colonies in the world- in spite […]

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