Studio 2.8, Westlake Park Seattle, September 29, 2019, A Gaggle of National Lawyer's Guild Legal Observers
This gallery of Studio 2.8 photography photographs was produced on Sunday September 29, 2019 at Westlake Park in the heart of downtown Seattle, Washington, where a group of Seattle Republicans had organized and held a political rally and march that day. A group of Seattle area anarcho-communists counter-protested the event, including participants in the Seattle area anarcho-communist domestic terror cell network known as the "Antifa Black Bloc" (sic).
This gallery of Studio 2.8 photography photographs contains photos of some of the National Lawyer's Guild's (NLG) "Legal Observers" who were in attendance at this political event. In practice, the National Lawyer's Guild Legal Observers appear biased toward providing services only to politically left-wing political protesters, and not others. One of their primary observable services is obtaining arrestee information on seen to enable their organization to help bail arrestees out of jail, often with the use of organized bail funds maintained by some of the protest and counter-protest groups.
In the last photograph within this gallery of Studio 2.8 photographs, produced as the event attendees had completed their rally speeches and were leaving to march through the Seattle streets, one of the National Lawyer's Guild observers obtained and wrote down information from counter-protester Christian Rene Bossett, to try to later help bail Bossett out of the King County Jail. A group of Seattle Police Department bicycle officers had arrested Bossett because Bossett had tried to push through one of the police department's bicycle officer barricades.
The National Lawyer's Guild is a politically "far left" association of attorneys that began in the 1930s as an alternative to the American Bar Association, which at the time was racist, segregationist, did not allow ethnic minority membership, or members with opposing political views, and did not allow African American membership until 1943. In the U.S., African American attorneys had already formed the National Bar Association in 1925. The National Lawyer's Guild, historically, and even today, has also evolved close relationships with various U.S. based communist political party groups. The close relationship between the National Lawyer's Guild and communist organizations was particularly controversial between the 1940s through the 1960s, during the U.S. anti-communist "red scare" "McCarthy Era", during which members of U.S. based communist political organizations were accused of treason, governmental subversion, subjected to employment blacklisting, and sometimes even U.S. federal prosecutions.
In the Seattle area, the National Lawyer's Guild remains closely associated with the various communist political party groups that are active around the Puget Sound region, including the Revolutionary Communist Party, (refusefascism.org), the Socialist Alternative Party, the Party for Socialism and Liberation, and the Freedom Socialist Party.