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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

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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NW Community Coalition for Police Accountability Summer Gathering

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

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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

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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Collective Legal Resistance! NLG Member Kris Hermes Event This Sun. 6/26, 4-6 pm

Join us this Sunday, June 26th, 4 pm to 6 pm, at Mother Foucault’s Bookshop for an engaging discussion with activist and author Kris Hermes on political repression, the National Security State, and collective legal resistance.  This event is co-sponsored by the Portland NLG chapter, the Civil Liberties Defense Center, the Hella 503 Collective, Portland Rising Tide, and will be moderated by NLG attorney Ashlee Albies.

Hermes, formerly on staff with the National Lawyers Guild and a member of multiple radical law collectives, will discuss how the playbook of tactics developed during the 2000 Republican convention protests are still used to stifle dissent across the U.S. today. Hermes will also discuss ways in which activists can employ radical, innovative and confrontational forms of resistance to the legal system.  Hermes is the author of Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000, published by PM Press.  Crashing the Party is an engrossing combination of social history and courtroom drama, the book explains the origins of contemporary protest policing and the creative resistance used to overcome it.

When: This Sunday, June 26th at 4-6 pm
Where: Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 523 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214
Event Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/events/1049157915153647/

Hope to see you there!

2016 NW Regional Conference, April 8-9, Seattle Wa

The conference is a gathering of Guild members from the region — legal workers, law students, lawyers, and jailhouse lawyers — at which we make decisions about regional governance, share victories and resources, and learn more about the important work Guildmembers are doing in the Northwest.

The 2016 conference will be held April 9-10 at the University of Washington School of Law.

This year’s theme is intersectionality and the law. Highlights include: special guest panelist Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan, President of the National Lawyers Guild; keynote address by Dean Spade, Professor of Law; anti-racism training; panels on local resistance to mass incarceration and organizing for housing and economic justice. CLE credit pending for Oregon and Washington.

 

More information and registration link here: https://2016nwnlgregionalconference.wordpress.com/