Portland NLG condemns PPB’s response to demonstrators on J 20 and calls on City of Portland to address crowd control policies and excessive use of force

January 29, 2017

On Friday, January 27, 2017, the Portland Chapter of the NLG sent a letter to Mayor Wheeler and City Commissioners detailing issues and concerns around the PPB’s use of chemical weapons and impact munitions against a demonstrators on inauguration day, January 20, 2017. The letter included a 2007 report on Portland’s crowd control policies and practices written by NLG member Shauna Curphey. The NLG presented this report and recommendations to the City for the second time in 2011 in response to the PPB’s treatment of demonstrators during the Occupy Wall Street campaign.

The right to dissent, the right to gather, the right to protest and to resist unjust and unconstitutional policies coming out of the Trump administration must be zealously protected. The Portland NLG and Lewis and Clark chapters have been providing on-going legal support to demonstrations, and will continue to do so.

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Legal Support for Ongoing Demonstrations in Portland

November 22, 2016

The Portland and Lewis and Clark NLG Chapters have been providing ongoing legal support to recent and continuing protests and demonstrations in response to the election. It is important for those participating to know their rights, see here (KYR). If you would like to get involved with legal support, contact us at portlandchapter@nlg.org.


NW Community Coalition for Police Accountability Summer Gathering

August 11, 2016

NLG member Ashlee Albies will be speaking at this event about on the ground legal strategies for police accountability:

Join Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane, Mothers for Police Accountability, Seattle and NAACP Portland Branch at the first NW Community Coalition for Police Accountability convening, at Portland State University Smith Center.

Get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nw-community-coalition-for-police-accountability-summer-gathering-tickets-26552694825

Friday evening August 12

Vigil 6:00 – 7:00

Welcome Celebration 7:30 – 9:30 spoken Word Open Mic

Saturday August 13

8:00 – Breakfast at PSU Smith Center

8:30 – 9:30 Opening & Keynote Panel

9:30 – 10:45 Workshop Session 1

10:45 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 12:30 Workshop Session 2

12:30 – 1:30 Box Lunch

1:45 – 3:00 Closing Plenary: State of the Region and What’s Next?

Workshop & Panel Topics Include:

  • Showing Up for Racial Justice with SURJ Chapters/Affiliates from Portland, Spokane, Seattle
  • Community-Conscious Policing
  • Legal Strategies On The Ground: Portland status in court & police oversight by vote of people (Tim Connor) & Seattle Monitor
  • Black Lives Matter

Share, learn, support!

TRANSPORTATION FROM OTHER CITIES WILL BE COVERED! When you register, you can indicate you’re interested in carpooling!

LODGING: 

Rooms at PSU are available with twin beds at $70/night via this registration page. You are welcome to share and have your roommate(s) reimburse you for part of the cost.

IF YOU SELF-SELECT TO “LIVING LIGHTLY” THEN YOUR LODGING WILL BE COVERED THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!!

Other housing options: You can find and reserve rooms at Hostels in NE and SE Portland, where the average cost is $35/night and some private rooms are available.

When Friday, August 12, 2016 at 6:00 PM – Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 3:00 PM (PDT) – Add to Calendar Where Portland State University – 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201 – View Map Tags


NLG legal observer training August 11, 2016

July 29, 2016

In light of recent demonstrations across the country and here in Portland, and the planned actions which may result in interface with the legal system, the Pdx NLG chapter is offering a Legal Observer training.

The Legal Observer program is part of a comprehensive system of legal support designed to enable people to express their political views as fully as possible without unconstitutional disruption or interference by the police and with the fewest possible consequences from the criminal legal system. In addition to Legal Observers, Guild attorneys often provide legal defense for protesters who are arrested and bring civil litigation if needed. Legal workers, law students, and lawyers connected with the NLG are invited to train with two experienced LOs.

Those who complete the training will be asked to sign an agreement with the NLG regarding standard practices and confidentiality.

If you need childcare, please let us know by August 8, 2016. RSVP here or at portlandchapter @ nlg.org.

 

Space is limited, and location, in inner SE Portland, will be sent to those who RSVP.

 

 

 

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Stu Sugarman Presente!

April 1, 2016

The Portland NLG mourns the loss of one of its local stalwart members, Stuart Sugarman. Stu was a longtime and well-respected criminal defense attorney, representing countless activists and helping to coordinate mass defense for years in Portland and beyond, mentoring activists and lawyers alike in standing up for justice. His passing is a huge loss to the legal and activist community in Oregon.

The NLG is grateful for Stu’s tireless work in support of justice, and sends condolences to his friends and family.

Link to Oregonian story on Stu’s impact.


Video: Human Rights in the US CLE

June 8, 2015

In the past several years, legal aid, public defense and public interest attorneys have integrated human rights principles rooted in international law into the struggles of the individuals and community organizations they represent.   On December 12, 2014, the Portland chapter of the National Lawyers Guild presented a CLE program on Human Rights in the US: Incorporating International Law into Everyday Practice.

The speakers included:

  • Lauren E. Bartlett, Local Human Rights Lawyering Project Director, Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C.
  • Gwynne Skinner, Associate Professor Law and director of the International Human and Refugee Rights Clinic, Williamette University College of Law.
  • Steven Goldberg, Member Portland Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, former chairperson of the National Lawyers Guild International Committee

This is the first part of that CLE program running approximately 1 hour 20 minutes. The program was approved for 5.5 Oregon CLE credits.

The materials for the program are posted at http:wp.me/PwqDA-8e.

For questions and further information, contact Steven Goldberg at steven@stevengoldberglaw.com.


NLG Police Accountability Victory

June 14, 2013

Thanks in large part to efforts by NLG advocates, the Portland Police Bureau agreed to reopen the investigation of a police misconduct complaint. The reopened investigation will include an examination of potential racial profiling in the case of Lisa Haynes, a 4′ 10″ African American woman stopped in the search for a Hispanic man, 5-feet-4 to 5-feet-6, with a thin build.

The reopened investigation is the product of Ms. Haynes’ courage in facing down the police and city bureaucracy, and the work of NLG volunteers Briana Swift and Kristin Chambers, who wrote a letter on behalf of the NLG to the City of Portland’s Office of Independent Police Review (IPR) regarding this case. Ms. Swift also served as Ms. Haynes’ advocate in her appeal of her police misconduct complaint to the Citizen Review Committee. At the appeal hearing, which was covered in the Oregonian, the Citizen Review Committee questioned why IPR and the Portland Police Bureau did not investigate the racial profiling aspects of Ms. Haynes’ case.

The NLG is working with the Oregon Justice Resource Center to expand its IPR advocacy program to serve more individuals who seek to file police misconduct complaints. While the NLG recognizes the many flaws with the IPR complaint system, it believes that assisting individuals who seek to bring complaints will aid in its continued efforts at reform.