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National Lawyers Guild
Week of October 25

Food and Clothing Drive

October 15-November 15.  The National Lawyers Guild and the Justinian Society will be holding a Food and Clothing Drive to benefit The Greater Chicago Food Depository and Caring Closet.  Please bring donations to the front lobby beginning on October 15th.  There will be boxes set up near the front desk.  If you have any questions, please contact Caroline Cascino at  

NLG Film Festival

On October 29th, 4:00 in room 170, The National Lawyers Guild will be playing "The Weather Underground."  Outraged by the Vietnam War and racism in America, the Weather Underground waged a low-level war against the U.S. government through much of the 1970s, bombing the Capitol building, breaking Timothy Leary out of prison, and evading one of the largest FBI manhunts in history. 

The Weather Underground is a feature-length documentary that explores the rise and fall of this radical movement, as former members speak candidly about the idealistic passion that drove them to "bring the war home" and the trajectory that placed them on the FBI's most wanted list.  Popcorn and beer will be served.  Please contact Gabe Conroe with any questions or suggestions for upcoming films.

A Debate of Supreme Importance

From the people that brought us the "Patriot Act" debate last year, which brought in over 125 people, the National Lawyers Guild, the Federalist Society, The American Constitution Society, and Women in Law bring you "The Coming Battle over the Courts and the Constitution: Politics, Law, or Both?" a debate on the status of the Supreme Court after the election. Audience members will be able to ask questions to the debaters, Roger Pilon, the Founder and Director of the CATO Institute and Professor Sheldon Nahmod, Chicago-Kent's own Constitutional Law professor. Talk about where The Court is headed depending on who wins the election. This event will be held on November 4th in Room C50 at 4:00 followed by a reception on the 10th floor. For more information, please contact Caroline Cascino at

Why should you act on October 22nd?

"Silence is the voice of complicity." The nationwide epidemic of police brutality and repression is hidden from many people who would be outraged if they knew what was happening. Many people have become apprehensive about reprisals for protesting in today's political climate. We must resist in many different ways to drag this truth out into the light of day. October 22, 2004, the 9th annual National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation is the day for thousands across the country to speak out and act. Our resistance will give others courage. Check the website for information on events near you. Organize an event in your neighborhood, school or church. Wear black that day in memory of those whose lives have been stolen from them. We must say loudly and clearly, "We don't want your kind of safety - there ain't no safety in a police state!" No More Stolen Li ves! Fight Back! On October 22nd, Wear Black!

Iraq War Protest

NLG Kent will be joining NLG Chicago at a candlelight vigil and march on November 3rd at 5:00 at the Federal Building.  No Matter who wins the elections, the war on Iraq continues.  Come protest the war no matter who wins the election.  Help send the message that we are tired of hearing about the deaths of American soldiers, the kidnapping and beheading of American supporters, and the lies about why it continues.  Come to protest or to observe.  If you would like to be legal observers, please contact Melinda Power at or by phone at 773-278-6706.

Election Protection

Come out and help out on election day!  Volunteers are desperately needed at 150 polling places throughout the city of Chicago.  Election Protection needs 300 law students to take a short training session so they can become poll monitors on November 2nd.  Sign up with a friend and work the polls together to make sure that every vote is counted because every vote matters!  Election Protection is a non-partisan organization.  If you are interested or need more information, please contact Katie Ruder at

Help out at Cabrini Green YMCA

Volunteers are needed to help out at Cabrini Green YMCA on November 1, 2, & 3.  All they need you to do is watch a movie with the kids during their "movie night" and supervise while other students are being tutored for school.  The kids are great and the program is very important.  If you're interested, please contact Erin McPartlin
Program Director, Cabrini Green Tutoring Program, Inc. at (312) 397-9140 or or Kristen Prinz at

RNC@NYC: A Legal Observer's Perspective

On Tuesday, October 26th at 5:00 in room 590, don't miss Matt Dietzen talk about his experiences at the Republican National Convention in New York!  As a Legal Observer, he was trained to act as a witness at demonstrations and ensure that the civil liberties of protesters were not infringed.  Find out what is was like at the front lines of a protest where several hundred people were arrested and what may have gone wrong.  Civil liberties and Constitutional rights have become a focal point of the upcoming election.  Find out what a Legal Observer thought at the RNC protest in New York. For more information check out: 2004 RNC @ NYC Event. If you have any questions, please contact Caroline Cascino at, or Matthew Dietzen at



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