Dear Coalition Allies and Supporters,
The Georgetown University Law Center’s National Lawyers Guild has penned a public letter of support for the Georgetown Coalition. The statement is provided in full here:
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” -Desmond Tutu
The National Lawyers Guild, Georgetown Law Chapter, offers our formal endorsement of “The Open Letter to GULC from Students of Color.” We strongly encourage the administration to meet and respond to the demands made by the Coalition and other student groups.
As members of an organization founded on the premise that human rights are to be held more sacred than property interests, we are appalled that GULC remains a micro- and macro-hostile place for students of color. We echo the Coalition’s call to confront and dismantle the inherently racist aspects of our legal institution that we so rarely even acknowledge.
Georgetown’s current curriculum narrowly prepares students for a career in the law, prioritizing “training for hierarchy” over dismantling systems of oppression. It is imperative that our education better equip us for the struggles facing both our legal system and our communities.
– The Georgetown Law Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild
The GULC National Lawyers Guild mission statement reads:
“We are a student group working to support Georgetown Law students who are trying to stay engaged with the outside world in ways that are different than the typical, firm-bound law student. The NLG is dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. Seeking to unite lawyers, law students, legal workers, jailhouse lawyers, and the academic community, the NLG works toward the idea that human rights should be more sacred than property. We aim to bring together all those who recognize the importance of safeguarding and extending the rights of workers, women, farmers, people with disabilities, and people of color, upon whom the welfare of the entire nation depends; who seek to actively eliminate racism; who work to protect our civil rights and liberties in the face of persistent attacks.”