The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is the nation’s largest civil rights bar association, dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system: “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.”
NYELJP attorneys are deeply engaged with the work of the national NLG and its committees, including but not limited to the Mass Defense Committee, the International Committee which includes the Environmental Human Rights Committee, and the Environmental Justice Committee, as well as the NYC NLG chapter.
Energy Justice Network: A national organization taking its direction from grassroots members, the first to advocate for a complete phase-out of nuclear power, fossil fuels, large hydroelectric dams and “biomass” / incineration within the next 20 years. Extensive links and resources available at their webpage.
Clean Water Network: A nationwide coalition of local, regional and national groups, the Network convenes organizers and advocates across the country to effectively fight to protect the waterways we love and depend upon.
Beyond Pesticides: Offers the latest information on the hazards of pesticides and least-toxic alternatives, as well as ongoing projects including children’s health.
Right to Information
FOIA/FOIL: The federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the New York State Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) allow the public to request pertinent information from federal and state agencies, respectively. NYEJLP has actively encouraged the public to take advantage of FOIA and FOIL laws to ensure government transparency and has itself initiated actions when an agency fails to comply with a written request for documents.
More to come.
PACER RECAP extension: The federal Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system makes court filings available online. However, it charges 10 cents a page for “public” documents. It had a surplus of $150 million in 2009, and over $100 million in 2012. The RECAP browser extension, a joint project of Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy and the Free Law Project, allows PACER users to automatically upload court files to the Internet Archive, and access the files anyone else has uploaded for free. This makes PACER a much more valuable resource for the public.