4/16/2009 Newsletter


  • NLG Midwest Regional Conference
  • NLG Social Justice Dinner
  • From the MOVE 9 to the RNC 8: Repression and Resistance

Dear readers: Many things have happened in the six weeks since our last newsletter. Unfortunately, a computer meltdown has prevented us from reporting on them. We will rectify that situation soon but in the meantime, here's a list of upcoming events for this weekend.

To allow people to attend the National Lawyers Guild's Midwest Regional Conference, we are cancelling our 4/18 meeting. Please join us at the conference--see below. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A LAWYER OR MEMBER OF THE NLG TO ENJOY THIS CONFERENCE.


Lecture and Discussion with
Ramona Africa of the MOVE Organization
April 19, 2009, 2:00 p.m.
Hallie Q Brown/Martin Luther King Community Center
270 N Kent Street, St. Paul

Ramona Africa is international spokesperson for the MOVE organization, a revolutionary back-to-nature organization whose main belief is in life. This organization has experienced violent repression at the hands of the government, with nine members--known as the MOVE 9--incarcerated for a crime it is obvious they did not commit. In 1985, Philadelphia police dropped a military-grade bomb on MOVE headquarters, killing six adults and five children. Ramona is the only adult survivor of that attack.

Ramona will speak about the nature of political repression and resistance as experienced by members of the MOVE family, including Mumia Abu-Jamal, and how these threads run to the prosecution of the RNC 8 and others. A discussion will follow.


April 18, 2009, 6:00 p.m.
William Mitchell College of Law
875 Summit Ave, St. Paul
$50/$15 Student/Low Income

Join CUAPB and many others at the 2009 annual NLG Social Justice Dinner. Last year, we were the social justice award recipients. This year, ACORN and people's investigator Karen Northcott will be honored. This is always a great event that gives us an all-too-rare opportunity to celebrate our victories and recognize important movement work. Keynote speaker is Ajamu Baraka, Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network. CUAPB will have at least two tables, so come sit with us.

WE DISSENT: Taking Back our Civil Liberties
National Lawyers Guild Midwest Regional Conference

April 17, 18 and 19
Hamline University School of Law
1536 Hewitt Ave, St. Paul
$15 Suggested Donation, No One Turned Away for Lack of Funds

Friday April 17th 2009
Sundin Music Hall
5:30 – 7:30 Set Up and Registration
6:30 – 7:30 Meet and Greet ;
7:30 Keynote Speaker ; Ken Tilsen introduced by Bruce Nestor
10:00 – close Rebellious Bar Review ; Bedlam Theatre 1501 S. 6th St. on the West Bank, Minneapolis

Saturday April 18th 2009
9:00 – 10:00
Session 1: Solomon Amendment ; discussion by Phil Duran, staff attorney for OutFront Minnesota

9:45– 11:15
Session 2: Twin Cities Culture Panel ; with Abigail Cerra, Abdirizk Bihi and Roman Gonzalez.

10:00– 11:20
Session 3: International Human Rights Applied Domestically ; presented by Peter Brown with Ajamu Baraka, Execitive Director of the US Human Rights Network,Justin Cummins, Miller O'Brien Cummins, P.L.L.P., Bret Thiele, Coordinator - ESC Rights Litigation Programme, Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE)

11:30 – 1:00
Session 4: Ramona Africa ; Move9

1:45 – 3:15
Session 5: Securing the Human Rights of Arrestees and Detainees: the Right to Medical Attention ; Peter Brown, former MN NLG President and Jordan Kushner, sole practitioner, Kimberly Christoffel, medical services coordinator, North Star Health Collective, Micah Ludeke, volunteer legal worker, NLG/Coldsnap Mondi Norton-Westbrook, street medic, North Star Health Collective

Session 6: Legal Workers of the World, Unite(d)! (As faculty for lawyers after law school.) ; facilitated by Michael Friedman, Executive Director of Legal Rights Center with Abigail Cerra, Jude Ortiz, Michelle Gross

3:15 – 4:15
Session 8: Inexpensive Legal Research ; Professor Grace Mills, Law Library Dir. and Assoc. Prof. of Law Hamline University

Session 9: Living with Debt While Being an Effective Advocate ; Heather Rastorfer Vlieger, LRAP and Sharon Fischlowitz, William Mitchell College of Law

Session 16: The United People of Color Caucus ; facilitator to be determined

Minnesota NLG Social Justice Dinner
William Mitchell School of Law

Sunday April 19th 2009
9:30 – 10:30
Session 10: St. Stephens Human Services; John Petroskas, Outreach Worker Catholic Charities Secure Waiting Space

Session 11: Legal Observer Training ; presented by Jennifer McEwen, Rachel Bengston and Carla Magnuson

10:30 – 12:00
Session 12: The Movement For Reproductive Justice: New Strategies For Organizing And Coalition Building ; with Kate Hannaher, founder and chair of Hamline Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and Sara Thome, Legal Aid attorney, founder and former chair of Hamline Law Students for Reproductive Justice.

Session 13: Student Chapter Forum ; facilitated by Micah Ludeke, co-chair of NLG Hamline Chapter

12:00 – 1:00
Session 14: Know Your Rights (and how to explain them) ; presented by Jude Ortiz of Coldsnap Legal Collective

1:00 – 2:00
Session 15: Queer Caucus ; facilitated by Micah Ludeke, co-chair of NLG Hamline Chapter

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