The National Lawyers Guild has represented progressive organizers and activists branded as “terrorists” and “extremists” since 1937. The NLG has represented Black Lives Matter demonstrators in Ferguson, Water Protectors at Standing Rock, tree sitters in Burrillville, and anti ICE activists in Dartmouth, Mass.
Can we turn criminal charges into an opportunity to educate others? Does the First Amendment provide a legal defense to charges such as trespassing? What is “civil disobedience”? What is a “necessity defense”?
Attorneys and activists will speak about what one may expect when arrested at a demonstration or protest in Rhode Island and Bristol County Massachusetts.
FYI: This is NOT a training on how to plan a direct action, or how to organize an event or protest or demonstration, or how to organize in general. This event is not designed to be a substitute for such trainings.