Unfettering Artists' Productivity and Impact

CCI - Activating Artists: Know Your Rights (Lancaster)

February 17, 2018, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Topic: Legal Issues

Provider/Presenting Organization: Center for Cultural Innovation

Location: Los Angeles Area



with Justice Warriors 4 Black Lives and the National Lawyers Guild

As we have seen through the multitude of protests in the nation, more and more artists are driven to use their artworks, actions and voices to defend their beliefs and lifestyles. Whether protesting with a group, performing acts of civil disobedience, or using the arts to communicate, it is critical that artists understand their rights.

In this free workshop, representatives from Justice Warriors 4 Black Lives and the National Lawyers Guild will help participants understand their rights when performing acts of civil disobedience and protest. The presenters will guide participants in understanding best practices when confronted by police, protest actions and police responses, potential consequences of civil disobedience actions, and other legal issues surrounding acts of creative public activism. This workshop will provide a safe space for participants to discuss their experiences and ask questions to experts in the field.

Presenters include Civil Rights Attorney and NLG Board Member Colleen Flynn and Nana Gyamfi, attorney and co-founder, Justice Warriors 4 Black Lives.
About Justice Warriors 4 Black Lives:
Justice Warriors 4 Black Lives (JW4BL) is a Black collaborative project of community members serving as the shield and sword on the legal frontlines of the various iterations of the Black Liberation Movement. JW4BL does its work through five teams and a Hub by providing a Black-led mass defense system for organizers, activists, and other community members putting their liberty and bodies on the line for Black freedom. The mass defense system consists of a Legal Observer Team, a Deescalation Team, a Police Interventionist Team, a Jail and Court Support Team, and a Legal Support Team. JW4BL also provides trainings to Black folks and allies in legal observation, deescalation, police intervention, and court and jail support as well as Know Your Rights with Law Enforcement workshops. Connect with JW4BL on Facebook or on Twitter @jw4bl!
About the National Lawyers Guild:
The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) was founded in 1937 as the country's first racially-integrated bar association of progressive lawyers and jurists who believed that they had a major role to play in the reconstruction of legal values to emphasize human rights over property rights. The Guild is the oldest and most extensive network of public interest and human rights activists working within the legal system.
Our aim is to bring together all those who recognize the importance of safeguarding and extending the rights of workers, women, LGBTQ people, farmers, people with disabilities and people of color, upon whom the welfare of the entire nation depends; who seek actively to eliminate racism; who work to maintain and protect our civil rights and liberties in the face of persistent attacks upon them; and who look upon the law as an instrument for the protection of the people, rather than for their repression.


Date & Time:
, February 17, 2018

Museum of Art + History (MOAH)

665 West Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, CA 93534



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Mural by Bastardilla, courtesy of the artist.