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Randall T
1 Center Ct.
(Downtown Cleveland, Ohio)
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the project

The Ohio Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild is providing legal support to protestors coming to Cleveland for the RNC. The NLG is focused on protecting the First Amendment rights of the protestors through the use of Legal Observers, jail support workers, and volunteer criminal defense and civil litigation attorneys before, during, and after the RNC comes to town. We believe the protestors have a right to voice their dissent in a constitutionally protected manner, one free of law enforcement harassment and free of unreasonable restrictions on speech and assembly.

The NLG has been and will keep training members of the community to serve as Legal Observers (LOs) to document law enforcement interaction with the various protest groups during the RNC. The LOs will act as the eyes and ears of the criminal defense and civil litigation attorneys in cases of single or mass arrests and also in cases of unconstitutional conduct by the police, City, or federal government during the RNC. Jail support will track any arrested protestors to make sure they are not "lost in the system", notify their families of their arrest, and assign defense attorneys to their cases who can visit them in jail, if necessary, and represent them in court through the conclusion of their case. 

Our goal is for the people's voices to be heard at the RNC free of any unconstitutional restrictions.

* Please note: These funds will be used ONLY for legal and jail support and NOT bail. *

the steps

The NLG will need funds to rent an office close to downtown so that LOs, jail support workers, and criminal defense attorneys can gather and then be deployed/utilized during the RNC. Basic funds are needed for utilities, such as phones to take calls from the arrested and to call in volunteer attorneys, in addition to office supplies, and tshirts to identify LOs on the street.

why we're doing it

The NLG, along with the activist community at large, is concerned that the First Amendment rights of protestors at the RNC will be crushed under the weight of, and the misperception of, national security. We believe the right to voice dissent will not be tolerated by the City of Cleveland or the various federal law enforcement agencies tasked with providing security to a select few. Our mission is to counteract this swing away from First Amendment rights and to fight for those who want to only be heard and seen during the RNC and not ignored.



Disbursed budget:

These funds will go towards used cell phones and used laptops and portable hard drives.

RAISED = $1,867.00
less ioby Platform Fee  $35.00
less ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $84.81
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $50.89


Original Budget:

Office rent: $4000

Utilities: $300

Office supplies: $1000

Street Medic supplies: $2000

LO tshirts for 300 LOs: $1500

Used cell phones: $750

Used laptops and portable hard drives: $1250

Used bicycle parts such as tubes, chains, pumps, etc, etc: $250

Walkie talkie rentals: $1000

SUBTOTAL = $12,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $600
Donation Processing Fee (3%) $360
TOTAL TO RAISE = $12,995



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