Speakers for #F17
As part of the demonstrations taking place across the country on Friday, February 17, the National Lawyers Guild of Rhode Island has invited several speakers to address the threat that President Trump's administration presents as we stand in solidarity with those communities he has targeted. Those speaking include:
Sherrie Andre representing FANG (https://www.facebook.com/FangCollective/);
Sheida Soleimani, artist, activist, and RISD professor (http://www.risd.edu/academics/hpss/faculty/Sheida-Soleimani/);
Mike Araujo representing Jobs with Justice Rhode Island (https://rijwj.wordpress.com/); and
Martha Yager representing American Friends Service Committee of Southeastern New England (https://www.afsc.org/category/topic/south-east-new-england).
We're grateful that these folks are sharing their time with us on February 17 as the legal communities here in Rhode Island and elsewhere join in standing up against the administration. Successful resistance to Trump and his allies in Congress will require those of us in the legal community to support and represent targeted people in the courts. Although we often disagree with courts and the laws that they interpret and apply, we recognize that courts are often a crucial bulwark against the President and Congress. We must have courts that are independent and willing to stand up to the other branches of government when they attempt to pass and enforce unconstitutional laws.
Legal Observer Training in Providence
The National Lawyers Guild will hold two legal observer training sessions next weekend, February 24 and 25. Students at RISD and Brown have organized the trainings, which will be conducted by Shanna Merola of the NLG Detroit and Michigan Chapter. Shanna has trained hundreds of legal observers and we're honored that she'll be in Providence. The NLG deploys legal observers at protests, demonstrations, and other events to deter violent or illegal conduct by the police, document any arrests or other actions taken against protesters, and working with any legal representation. If you've been at a protest and have seen folks wearing bright green hats and taking notes, you've seen legal observers. Although legal observers are often attorneys, legal workers, or law students, being one of these isn't a requirement.
Rhode Island Legal Community Stands Against Fascism
The National Lawyers Guild is calling for attorneys, law students, court interpreters, paralegals, and other legal workers to hold demonstrations in opposition to the rise of fascism and in support of human rights at courthouses across the United States on F17.
We will gather at the federal courthouse located at the east end of Kennedy Plaza, One Exchange Terrace, in Providence at 1:00pm on Friday, February 17th.
The National Lawyers Guild has been joined in this call by our allies: the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, Law for Black Lives, Black Movement Law Project, Black & Pink, Human Rights Defense Committee, Palestine Legal, Water Protector Legal Collective, the People's Law Office in Chicago and the Sugar Law Center in Detroit - https://www.facebook.com/
Rhode Island was founded in 1636 by refugees from religious intolerance. The NLG stands with those who have been targeted by the new regime in Washington: our Muslim sisters and brothers, immigrants, LGBTQ+ people, women, and other frontline communities. We will not ignore blatant violations of long established human rights principles, including the First Amendment. Although we often disagree with the courts, we support an independent judiciary that can protect our constitutional rights and act as a check on the President and Congress.
We are making this call in conjunction with the calls for a national strike -http://f17strike.com/