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National Lawyers Guild to Hold Fundraiser for OB Trial Expenses
by NLG Boston
27 Jan 2013
NLG Press Release. Please support NLG in their fundraiser and pack the courtrooms for upcoming 5 Occupy Boston Political Trials.
NLG Press Release. Please support NLG in their fundraiser and pack
the courtrooms for upcoming 5 Occupy Boston Political Trials.
Since its beginnings the National Lawyers Guild has been an
organization that radicals and activists can depend on for legal
support when attacked by the government. For nearly 40 years, the NLG
Mass Defense Committee has been advising, assisting, and representing
activists who are engaged in struggles for political, legal, and
social changes to benefit the disfranchised members of the
society. Continuing in this proud tradition, the Mass Defense
Committee of our Massachusetts chapter provides vital legal support to
social justice movements throughout Massachusetts.
In the last two years, the Mass Defense Committee has provided legal
representation for activists arrested fighting foreclosures and
evictions in our community. They are representing people arrested at
the offices of TransCanada protesting the Keystone XL pipeline. From
the beginning, the National Lawyers Guild was providing vital legal
services to activists and organizers at Occupy Boston.
On October 10th and December 10th of 2011, the City of Boston raided
the Occupy Boston encampment arresting dozens of people. From the
moment of the first arrests, the Mass Defense Committee was on the
ground to make sure that everyone arrested had effective legal
representation. More importantly, the Mass Defense Committee has
remained committed to a political defense strategy that ensures that
the message of Occupy Boston isn't left at the courthouse doors. 25 of
the Occupy defendants are insisting on their 6th Amendment right to
trial, and the first of these trials will be held on February 11th at
the Boston Municipal Court.
Mass defense work costs money, and the lawyers who do this work take
these cases pro-bono. Meanwhile, those we are up against enjoy the
full resources of the District Attorney's Office and the Boston Police
Department. We have to ensure that the people's struggle for justice
is never silenced by this criminal injustice system.
THAT IS WHY WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! Join us on Friday, February 8th, from 6:00 PM
- 9:00 PM+, for a night of food, drinks and pool at Jillians, 145
Ipswitch St. Boston, MA. Sliding scale of $25.00-$500.00.
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