“Thank you NLG, writing your number on my arm in marker feels like putting on a piece of armor.”
– Chris Edwards, Activist, San Francisco

NLG-SFBA | Committees

Demonstrations Committee

The mission of the National Lawyers Guild is “to use law for the people, uniting lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers to function as an effective force in the service of the people by valuing human rights and the rights of ecosystems over property interests.”

To this end, the work of the Demonstrations Committee seeks to extend this to community members and organizers of progressive groups who oppose imperialism, racism, xenophobia, fascism, sexism, class exploitation and oppression, ableism, heteropatriarchy and transphobia. Within our capacity, the NLG-SF Demonstrations Committee endeavors to provide legal support, including Legal Observers, a hotline and/or legal representation for any progressive demonstration or action consistent with these principles, and anyone who is arrested for participation in any action or demonstration or is politically targeted for prosecution, when a request for our assistance has been made.

Since we do not have attorney staff, our legal support system may involve representation by the Public Defender, court appointed attorneys, and/or NLG member attorneys who are volunteering free or reduced rate services. On occasion we also try to respond to broad-scale police misconduct but do not presently have attorney staff to take on litigation.

The Demonstrations Committee meets every Thursday night at 6:30pm. Please contact our Demonstrations Coordinator below if you are a member who would like to be involved with this committee.

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To learn more about the legal support available and to volunteer see our legal support page. 

The volunteers of the Demonstrations Committee stand against political repression and act in solidarity with all those who challenge the state, capitalism and other forms of systemic oppression and domination, regardless of tactics. We work both internally and externally to dismantle oppressive tendencies and work within an abolitionist framework. The NLG-SF believes that policing, prisons and the whole legal system is inherently white supremacist, patriarchal, exploitative and violent. We see movement legal support as harm-reduction work. The Demonstrations Committee is not a legal services agency, and we cannot always meet all legal support needs. We prioritize those organizing for their own communities’ liberation, those in frontline impacted communities, and those most targeted by the state.

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