NLG-SF Demands Justice

For George Floyd, Steven Taylor, Tony McDade & Breonna Taylor

“Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” — Frederick Douglass

The NLG-SF stands united with all those protesting the murder and violence of police against Black people specifically. We defend the rights of people, communities, organizations and the movement  to protest and organize against police and state violence, repression, injustice and neglect, including racism, sexism, homo/transphobia, ableism, xenophobia, colonization, occupation, displacement, incarceration, poverty and exploitation of people and land.

The San Francisco Bay Area NLG provides legal support for those protesting and organizing against injustice.

You can request NLG-SF Legal Support for Demonstrations at:

 We can support our social justice partners and individuals protesting and fighting injustice in the following ways:

  • Our legal observers are on the streets to document police misconduct and state violence so that we can defend people and help them navigate the criminal legal system  and advocate against police and other state violence and repression.


Please call the NLGSF’s Legal Hotline if you witness an arrest. Try to get the arrestee’s full name and date of birth.

    NLGSF’s Legal Hotline: 1-909-4NLG (4654)

    Jail hotline (calls made from inside of the jail if you or someone you know is arrested): 1-415-285-1011

  • Our movement lawyers can help with criminal defense and holding police and government accountable for violence and violations for civil and human rights.
  • The Bay Area Anti-Repression Committee has bail funds available for protesters, activists and organizers and also works with other social justice partners on bail and jail support. Other bail funds can assist in getting arrestees out of custody also.
  • Our movement lawyers can support protestors and activists who are visited by the FBI or are victims of state violence and repression while protesting or organizing. NLGSF’s FBI Hotline supports activists who are targeted for their political beliefs and activities by State repression in the form of FBI home visits and grand jury investigations.  

    If you have been contacted by the FBI (or other federal agency) as part of a domestic security investigation, please contact our FBI Hotline immediately so that we can connect you with an attorney who can advise you about your rights.

    FBI Hotline: (415) 285-1041

    Please leave a voicemail; someone will return your call within 72 hours.

You can email us at if you or someone you know has been arrested for protesting injustice or hurt by police or government violence while protesting or organizing. We can also provide Know Your Rights trainings and/or legal observer trainings for your organization, activist network or community.

We are in a very uncertain moment and facing a great public health threat that is also a social and economic crisis. We are witnessing moving and powerful acts of social solidarity, mutual aid and collective care. The pandemic is exposing, at new levels and on a global scale, vast racial and economic inequities, the crises of homelessness and displacement, the lack of an infrastructure for public health and social welfare, and the growing authoritarian tendencies of governments.

Movements and community and intimate networks are providing for what the government is failing to provide. While this is necessary, it is also unacceptable that the vast resources of the federal, state and local governments are not being mobilized to care for people. There are important and necessary calls to “shelter in place” without efforts to provide for people without places to shelter, without the ability to secure food or resources, without connecting people who are isolated, without supporting people whose homes are unsafe, without providing protections or resources or those who are incarcerated, detained or institutionalized, without providing economic relief for people without work or income.

During this great threat, we have to seize the opportunities that exist to support grassroots demands. The NLG-SF has important work to do to defend those organizing and demanding shelter and an end to evictions, those who are incarcerated and detained, migrants and asylum seekers fighting for their right to stay, emergency workers organizing for protections and workers who have been laid off organizing for economic relief, and, as always, defending our right to organize in the face of what the government is not providing and in response to any repression that might be coming.

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Human rights must be regarded
as more sacred than property interests.

We defend and
protect communities.

NLGSF brings together progressive lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers to protect and defend communities, social justice movements, and political and grassroots organizations and activists organizing for their self-determination and rights.

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Our committees do groundbreaking work

Bay Area Military Law Panel

The National Lawyers Guild opposes aggressive and interventionist military policies, as well as abusive treatment of service members and veterans. The NLGSF Bay Area Military Law Panel is the local working group of the Military Law Task Force.


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Demonstrations Committee

The Demonstrations Committee is a network of lawyers, legal workers and law students who provide legal support for political activists, protesters and movements for social justice. Volunteer members provide Know Your Rights trainings, Legal Observer trainings, rapid response trainings, and legal support for activists who are arrested during demonstrations.


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Doris Brin Walker Legislative Reform Committee

The Doris Brin Walker Legislative Reform Committee participates in many Bar related activities throughout the year. Most importantly, the Committee drafts and initiates progressive resolutions on behalf of NLGSF for consideration and debate among delegates to the annual State Bar Convention.


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Immigration Committee

NLGSF opposes efforts to detain and deport people based on their status as migrants and immigrants and works to improve the laws and policies that affect immigrant communities.


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Mentorship/NextGen Committee

The Mentorship / NextGen Committee seeks to serve as a catalyst for active communication between law school chapters, recent graduates, long-time Guild members and the chapter’s active committees.


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The United People of Color Caucus (TUPOCC)

The United People of Color Caucus (TUPOCC) is an alliance of law students, legal workers and attorneys of color within the NLG community. Members of TUPOCC engage in collective struggle around what it means to be people of color in a field that continues to be dominated by white practitioners.


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Through projects with our
community, we transform the system.

Prisoner Advocacy

The Prison Advocacy Network (PAN) is a volunteer network of activists, attorneys, legal workers, and law students. We are supervised by attorneys and thus operate under attorney-client privilege and can use legal mail. PAN is an advocacy network, not a litigation team.

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We Know Our Rights

We Know Our Rights is a multimedia video toolkit for people dealing with law enforcement, produced by NLGSF and independent producers April Martin and Lucia Palmarini.

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Anti-Repression Committee

Originally formed to support Occupy Oakland actions, the Bay Area Anti-Repression Committee (ARC) stands against political repression and is in solidarity with all those who challenge the state, capitalism and other forms of systemic oppression and domination.

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Anti-Fascist Work Group

The Anti-Fascist Work Group (AFWG) is an informal network of grassroots community, activist and political networks committed to defending their own communities, movement spaces and activities, and local businesses against attacks by white supremacists and hate groups.

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“The Guild made me believe that maybe someday I could be a lawyer who fought for human rights and civil rights.”

Hunter Pyle (2018 Champion of Justice Awardee)

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