For Immediate Release:”Know Your Rights” Materials Available for Activists Targeted by the FBI

National Lawyers Guild Hotline and "Know Your Rights" Materials Available for Activists Targeted by the FBI

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 28, 2010

New York–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 peaceful activists.

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:

-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:

-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.


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