RAN volunteers who are leafleting to save the lives of rabbits may want to avail themselves of Legal Observer program provided by the National Lawyers Guild. The National Lawyers Guild is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the legal rights of PEOPLE over the legal rights of property. From their website:
The Legal Observer® program is part of a comprehensive system of legal support designed to enable people to express their political views as fully as possible without unconstitutional disruption or interference by the police and with the fewest possible consequences from the criminal justice system. Legal Observers® are typically, but not exclusively, law students, legal workers and lawyers who may or may not be licensed locally. Legal Observers® are trained and directed by Guild attorneys, who often have established attorney-client relationships with activist organizations, or are in litigation challenging police tactics at mass assemblies. The presence of Legal Observers® may serve as a deterrent to unconstitutional behavior by law enforcement during a demonstration. To request Legal Observers for an upcoming event, contact the National Office.
Following are some contacts for Legal Observers® in various regions where RAN is active. RAN volunteers should contact them 10 days-two weeks prior to an event so that they can provide a volunteer for your event.
Carlos Villarreal, 415-285-5067 x304
Marcus Kryshka, 510-472-9066
Rachel Lederman, 415-350-6496