Dear Guild friends,
Over the last twelve months, an unprecedented era has begun, characterized by attacks on immigrants, activists and working people. Regulations protecting our environment have been gutted; and Nationalism and white supremacy have been promoted in ways unseen in generations.
It is in times like these that the progressive legal community comes together and excels. From camping out at JFK to advise targeted communities and represent those turned away or detained, to counseling religious institutions seeking to provide sanctuary, Chapter members have provided support. Our Mass Defense Committee has trained hundreds of legal observers and provided support at over one hundred demonstrations. Members are also representing activists at Standing Rock, and the Ramapough Lenape Nation in the fight against a pipeline in N.J. Chapter members have successfully challenged the NYPD’s intervention in the prosecution of activists in summons court and have strengthened anti-surveillance protections for social justice communities, including targeted Muslim communities. These are just a few of the highlights of the extraordinary work of our chapter this year. Look for details in our next newsletter and in Guild Notes.
We are very grateful to be the beating heart of a community of dedicated advocates. Our strength lies in our community of members and allies, who support each other’s efforts and share their experience and knowledge with the next generation for people’s advocates. In an era of unimaginable attacks, we need to stand together and fight against the forces of repression, xenophobia and greed.
Because the Guild is deeply invested in the practice of law for the people, we have no big foundation or corporate contributors. We depend on our members and supporters to keep up our work.
Please consider giving a year-end contribution to the NLG-NYC to help sustain our work.
You may donate online at https://nlgnyc.org/contribute/ or make a tax deductible contribution of 100. or more by sending a check payable to: The NLG-NYC Chapter Foundation, 168 Canal Street, 6th Floor, NY NY 10013
Thank you in advance for your support!