From the Detroit Coordinated Defense Coalition: As members of Detroit’s defense community, we have come together to develop and offer coordinated legal support and representation to the protectors of Black Lives. The involved organizations* are working together to ensure that every arrested protester has a movement-oriented attorney and that we have a coordinated defense strategy. We are committed to providing effective and accountable legal support for Black liberation struggles happening in Detroit in the wake of this uprising. Know that we are here to stand with you and represent those who are arrested for exercising their rights to speak out against the unbroken legacy of institutional racism and violence brought on by the state and law enforcement for generations.
During the George Floyd uprising in defense of Black lives and against police terror,

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Use the “magic words'' of legal protection “I choose to remain silent. I want to see a lawyer.” to empower you if police or agents of any kind call or visit you. Which they might do. No matter why they say they want to speak with you, say (and repeat as often as you want) “I choose to remain silent. I want to see a lawyer.” And NOTHING else. Build that wall of resistance.

The presence of NLG legal observers has been an invaluable tool over the years as the fight for democratic rights and social justice continues to deepen. Maureen D. Taylor
MI Welfare Rights Organization
[...] there was about a dozen or so students that went to law school with the same purpose in mind, to be peoples lawyers, [...] Without these people, and the Guild that brought us all together, I would never have gotten through law school. I would never have gone to El Salvador, twice, to monitor elections, or to Ferguson, twice, to learn what the word "rebellion" really means. These folks become, not only my comrades, in the truest sense, but also my friends, and loved ones. We've helped each other through law school, and personal and emotional trials. Nicholas Klaus, Detroit NLG Board Member “The National Lawyers Guild is an integral part of the Detroit peace and justice community. I am so grateful for their presence at many of our Women in Black marches and for their counsel on the occasions when people are arrested or jailed for justice. The NLG really walks the walk by taking to the streets where rights and liberties are so often challenged by those who would squelch free speech and nonviolent protest. The folks in the green hats are my heroes! It has been a privilege to have them stand beside us as we struggle for a more just and peaceful world.” Kim Redigan
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