Change of Venue! NLG-NYC Spring Fling at Riverside Church

By Mass Defense Coordinator, March 4, 2014 2:35 pm

Dear friends,

Late-breaking update- change of venue!  Due to the recent closure of our  regular venue for structural repair, the Spring Fling has been relocated to the beautiful Riverside Church, Assembly Hall!

Details and directions below.

 

The deadline for journal ads has been extended to Friday, April 25!

Tickets and ads are available now at http://nlgnyc.org/2014-spring-fling-tickets/

HONORING THE FLOYD STOP & FRISK TEAM

Jonathan Moore
Center for Constitutional Rights Team:
Baher Azmy • Darius Charney • Ian Head • Sunita Patel • Chauniqua Young

Law Student Honoree: Alex Gorman

Riverside Church, Assembly Hall • 490 Riverside Drive, New York, NY

6:00 – 10:00 pm

Accessible entrance: 91 Claremont Avenue @ 120th Street

Tickets: $150 • Low income $100* • Students $50*

Cocktails, Entrees and Hors d’Oeuvres • Live Entertainment and Dancing

RSVP by May 1

For information call 212-679-6018.

Click here to order journal ads and tickets online.

Click here for directions to Riverside Church

NLG-NYC and CCR Call on New York Assembly to Oppose Anti-Boycott Bill

By Chapter Coordinator, January 31, 2014 6:15 pm

NLG-NYC and CCR Appeal to New York Assembly to Oppose Anti-Boycott Bill

Advocates Argue Bill Violates First Amendment

January 31, 2014, New York – The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the National Lawyers Guild- New York City Chapter (NLG-NYC) sent New York Assembly Members a letter urging them to oppose pending legislation that would deny state funding to colleges and universities that fund membership and activities in organizations supporting boycotts of a list of countries, including Israel.  According to the legislation’s sponsors, the bills S.6438 (passed in the state Senate on January 28) and A.8392 (on the agenda of the Assembly’s Higher Education Committee February 4th) were drafted in response to the American Studies Association’s recent resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions.

“The New York legislature’s anti-boycott bills are unconstitutional, a threat to academic freedom, and a disgrace,” said Maria LaHood, Senior Staff Attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights.  “The bills’ sponsors have not even tried to veil their intent to stop concerned citizens from using a nonviolent and historical tool for social change, because it’s aimed at Israel’s policies.”

The CCR and NLG-NYC letter urges lawmakers to recognize that denying state aid based on such protected speech violates the First Amendment and threatens academic freedom.  It stresses that boycotts to bring about political, social and economic change are protected speech under the First Amendment, and warns that legislation to deny public funding in response to the assertion of unpopular views would likely face Constitutional challenges.  The letter also notes that legislation to punish boycotts of the South African apartheid regime “would have been an unacceptable outcome then, and it is an unacceptable outcome now.”

“Regardless of whether one agrees or disagrees with a cause that a boycott is addressing, or whether a boycott is an appropriate way to address that cause, the First Amendment right to engage in a boycott aimed at bringing about political and social change must be upheld and protected,” said Elena Cohen, President of the NLG-NYC.

The American Studies Association endorsed a resolution in December, 2013 to boycott Israeli institutions in protest of the Israeli occupation and Israel’s discriminatory laws and policies towards Palestinian students and scholars in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and inside Israel.  The ASA resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions is available here, and an explanation of the resolution is available here.

See the full letter to Assembly Members.

See CCR’s statement on the bill’s passage in the New York state senate.

For more information on the legality of academic boycott, please see Palestinian Solidarity Legal Support’s frequently asked questions.

 

NLG-NYC Announces Historic Settlement in RNC 2004 Civil Cases

By Chapter Coordinator, January 15, 2014 4:54 pm

On January 15, 20014, RNC 04 civil plaintiffs, their attorneys, and members of the legal support team, including NLG Legal Observers, held a press conference on the steps of City Hall to announce the settlement in the 2004 RNC civil cases.  The settlement is the largest in U.S. history arising from the mass arrests of protesters.  Read the full Statement by Attorneys for the Plaintiffs here.  Former Chapter President, Martin R. Stolar, pictured, spoke on behalf on the NLG-NYC. Read his remarks here. The press release by the NLG-NYC can be read here.

 

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