Dane Powell Is Coming Home

Dane Powell Is Coming Home

We're so happy to update you on Dane Powell, our comrade in prison. His release date is fast approaching. We want to provide as much post-release support to Dane and his family and loved ones as we possibly can, as they traverse the challenging transition from incarceration to freedom. It's important to note, too, that he will be under highly-monitored probation restrictions and governed by extensive release conditions that will substantially curtail the exercise of his freedom. We are so thrilled about his release. It is a day to celebrate, but we must be mindful, too, of the post-release challenges that await Dane, and offer our help, whenever, however, and wherever we can. Rebuilding his life (under probation restrictions and release conditions) is no small thing. Folks who know Dane personally will realize how different the life he will be required to live over the next two years on probation will be from the life he envisioned for himself—in the short...
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An Update From Washington, DC | March 20

An Update From Washington, DC | March 20

Comrades, It’s been a busy week, and several significant things have already happened—you may have already seen the two motions that were shared, about grouping cases and cell phone data. In this update we’re going to attempt to provide some context for what happened in court on Friday where those motions were presented for the first time, in addition to some updates on CJA contribution options, attorneys, the schedule, a crucial reminder that court is not a safe space: you are in the company of prosecutors, U.S. marshals, cops, and other assorted people you do not want knowing your business. When you’re in court, even in the bathroom, or the hallway, you must act and speak as though you are being surveilled, because you are. You’ve heard this before, but we’re stressing again: none of the following is legal advice. We are not lawyers. Sorry about the length of this email: a lot happened, and information is power. CJA Contributions Several lawyers have requested...
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DC NLG’S J20 DEFENDANT FAQ #2

DC NLG’S J20 DEFENDANT FAQ #2

https://dcnlg.wordpress.com/dc-nlgs-j20-defendant-faq-2/ Table of Contents: 1. Introduction 2. The court process a. Pretrial steps b. Plea bargains c. Social media subpoenas d. What if I’m having trouble with my lawyer? 3. Security 4. The New Jim Crow a. Privilege, or lack thereof, is guiding your experience and expectations b. Jim Crow today c. Jim Crow in DC 5. What is legal solidarity? 6. What has DC NLG been doing? 7. How can I help? Introduction This is the second FAQ we have published involving the arrests that took place on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. To see the first FAQ we published, please click here. DC NLG is committed to lending support to defendants arrested on January 20. As these cases progress, we will continue to serve as a resource. If you have any questions you would like to see addressed in our next FAQ, please email them to dcmassdefense@gmail.com. Before we go any further, we must point out the following information is not legal advice. Defendants must address any and all questions to their lawyers. Under...
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FAQ FOR JAN. 20 ARRESTEES

FAQ FOR JAN. 20 ARRESTEES

This post originally came from our friends at the DC NLG  Dear Friend and Comrade, On behalf of the National Lawyers Guild, we are reaching out to all who were arrested this past weekend in Washington, DC during political protest actions throughout the city. We are volunteer attorneys and legal workers fighting to protect movement space in the struggle to eradicate capitalism, white supremacy, patriarchy, heterosexism, cisism, prisons, and all other forms of oppression. We wish we could reply on an individual basis to many of the questions we have received, but we note that we cannot offer legal advice to anyone who is represented by counsel. However, to do what we can, we have compiled responses to the most frequent questions we have received. We hope you will find the explanations below helpful. You can follow up with us as to your other questions, but again please note, that we cannot offer legal advice to anyone currently represented. If you do reach out...
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