FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: National Lawyers Guild
National Lawyers Guild Hotline and “Know Your Rights” Materials Available for Activists Targeted by the FBI
NEW YORK - September 28 - The
National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and its Mass Defense Committee provides
legal defense and educational resources to activists, including those
subjected to the September 24 raids and grand jury subpoenas in
Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois. The Guild denounces the attacks on
free speech, freedom of association, and the right to dissent that these
actions represent. The raids and summonses reflect escalating hostility
toward individuals and groups working in solidarity with the
Palestinian and Colombian people and are blatantly political attacks on
National Lawyers Guild lawyers, in their continuing efforts to protect the right to dissent, are coordinating defense of these activists. The NLG offers several resources for activists who are subject to similarly aggressive and politically motivated breaches of their rights.
NLG Hotline: 888-NLG-ECOL (888-654-3265)
-A hotline for U.S. activists who have been contacted by the FBI. Callers are matched with NLG defense attorneys in their states who have experience dealing with similar cases.
Know Your Rights Brochure: www.nlg.org/resources/know-your-rights
-A two-page brochure that summarizes the rights of citizens when they are contacted or stopped by the police or federal authorities. Available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Farsi and Punjabi.
Operation Backfire: www.nlg.org/publications/operation-backfire
-A booklet that discusses government attacks on activists and subsequent prosecutions. Available for free download.
The National Lawyers Guild recommends that activists consult and make use of these resources. The Guild advises anyone visited by the FBI to assert your right not to answer any questions, to get the card of the FBI agent and state that you will have an attorney contact the agent on your behalf.