"Crashing the Party" NLG Book Release & Panel

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 6:45pm

The National Lawyers Guild is proudly sponsoring a free event on Wednesday, February 24th at 7pm, featuring former NLG Mass Defense Coordinator Kris Hermes who will discuss his new book Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000 (PM Press).

Over the past fifteen years, people in the United States—and dissidents in particular—have witnessed a steady escalation of the National Security State, including invasive surveillance and infiltration, indiscriminate police violence, and unlawful arrests. These concerted efforts to criminalize dissidents and undermine meaningful social change are made more repressive by the coordination of numerous local, state, and federal agencies often operating at the behest of private corporations.

Hermes will focus on how free expression in the streets has been stifled by police, and how activists can come together collectively to engage with the legal system in innovative ways that politicize the courtroom and advance social change movements while mitigating harm to activists being targeted by the state.

Hermes will be joined by local organizers Hamid Khan of Stop LAPD Spying Coalition and Pete White of the LA CAN (Los Angeles Community Action Network) to discuss issues of political repression in Los Angeles and the innovative ways activists are resisting the legal system.