A Long History of Social Justice
The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is dedicated to supporting social movements working for change in the structure of our political and economic system.
Founded in 1937 as the response to the American Bar Association (ABA) not allowing black lawyers to join as members, the NLG is the first integrated bar association and continues to be dedicated to eliminating racism. We seek to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers to function as an effective force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests.
Our aim is to bring together all those who recognize the importance of safeguarding and extending the rights of workers, women, farmers, differently abled, queer, gender nonconforming, trans, and people of color, upon whom the welfare of the entire nation depends; who seek actively to combat white supremacy; who work to maintain and protect our civil rights in the face of persistent attacks upon them; and who look upon the law as an instrument for the protection of the people, rather than for their oppression.
The Southern Region includes: West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
Dismantling The Three Pillars of White Supremacy
”slavery” in whatever form historical or contemporary it may develop, applies a racial hierarchy to the system of capitalism — provides the idea that human beings and their labor are a commodity
the necessity of the disappearance of indigenous peoples for the justification of land and cultural acquisition by non-Natives
the logic of Orientalism marks certain peoples or nations as inferior and as posing a constant threat to the well-being of empire