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Traci Yoder: The Dangers of Deregulation Under Trump and Pence

Dec. 13, 2017 – On December 14th, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote whether to end what is popularly known as “net neutrality.” Citing the previous administration’s “heavy handed Internet regulation,” current FCC Chair Ajit Pai proposes “returning to the longstanding light-touch regulatory framework for the Internet and restoring the market-based policies necessary to […]

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DC Police Spent Over $300,000 in Weapons, Ammunition to Use Against Inauguration Day Protesters

Oct. 30, 2017 – New, previously undisclosed records obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the DC Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (DC NLG) and Defending Rights & Dissent (DRAD) details the types, quantities, manufacturers and costs of munitions used against protesters on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017. From an estimated […]

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Rights Groups File FOIA to Uncover Details About Police Use of Force, Infiltration of Inauguration Protests

July 11, 2017 – DC National Lawyers Guild (DC NLG) and Defending Rights and Dissent, two groups who defend the right to protest, are demanding answers about the Metropolitan Police Department’s conduct during anti-Trump inauguration protests. Earlier today, the two groups filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request asking for records pertaining to police […]

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Water Protector Legal Collective Files Suit for Excessive Force against Peaceful Protesters

CANNON BALL, ND November 28, 2016 – Today, the Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC-formerly Red Owl), an initiative of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), filed suit in US District Court against Morton County, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirschmeier, and other law enforcement agencies for using excessive force against peaceful Water Protectors on the night of […]

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Federal Judge Dissolves DAPL’s Injunction Against Water Protectors

BISMARCK, ND September 16, 2016 – North Dakota U.S. District Court Judge Daniel L. Hovland today dissolved a temporary restraining order against Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II and a number of named and unnamed participants in protests against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Dakota Access LLP, the consortium building […]

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As D.C. Ruling on DAPL Pipeline Draws Near, Local Authorities Escalate Intimidation Tactics and Mischaracterization of Water Protectors

Morton County, North Dakota September 9, 2016 – Lawyers and others at the Standing Rock encampments share a growing concern about the increasingly intimidating practices of the State Police and the local Sheriffs in coordination with Dakota Access Pipeline’s own security force (including their continued use of canines).  Of particular concern are exaggerations and misstatements […]

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National Lawyers Guild: We Stand in Solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against Dakota Access Pipeline

Aug. 29, 2016 – The National Lawyers Guild (NLG), the oldest and largest human rights bar association in the United States, by its International Committee, its Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Committee and its Environmental Human Rights Committee, as well as the NLG’s Environmental Justice Committee, stands in solidarity with the sovereign Oceti Sakowin Oyate (the Great […]