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    Partnership for Civil Justice Fund
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PCJF Opposes Trump's Dept of Interior Plan to Obstruct Access to Public Information

PCJF filed a challenge to Trump's Dept. of Interior plan to obstruct access to public information; calls proposed FOIA rules an "Obstructive Shell Game" and a "Political Gatekeeping Maneuver."

PCJF Sues Hobby Lobby-affiliated Museum of the Bible for Race Discrimination, Visitor Profiling

"Our client's visit to the Bible Museum turned into a Kafkaesque ordeal of humiliation, detention, interrogation and ultimately an FBI counter-terrorism investigation caused by the Museum's racist actions and false reporting," stated PCJF Executive Director Mara Verheyden-Hilliard.

‘They’re Going to Pen You In and Charge You for It’

Janine Jackson interviewed Mara Verheyden-Hilliard about Trump’s proposed new anti-protest rules for FAIR's CounterSpin.

140,000+ Comments Flood the National Park Service

A truly amazing effort by everyone who joined together and flooded the National Park Service with over 140,000 comments! This is a powerful push back against the Trump administration's new rules designed to crush protest in the nation's capital. People across the United States have made it clear that they are not going to sit back and allow their First Amendment rights to be eviscerated.

PCJF Op-Ed in the Washington Post: Trump admin wants to tax protests. What happened to free speech?

For the first time, the U.S. government wants demonstrators to pay to use our parks, sidewalks and streets to engage in free speech in the nation’s capital. This is a bold effort by the Trump administration to burden and restrict access to public spaces for First Amendment activities in Washington. If enacted, it would fundamentally alter participatory democracy in America.

Lawsuit Over Police Collusion with Right-Wing Organizations to Infiltrate and Surveil Protest Groups

The PCJF is suing to obtain government disclosure of documents regarding the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and its officers’ relationships with Project Veritas, Oath Keepers and other right-wing groups who acted as proxy with the MPD to infiltrate and surveil protest groups.

Standing Rock: First Amended Complaint Filed to Vindicate Constitutional Rights of Water Protectors

On the night of November 20, 2016 law enforcement unleashed specialty impact munitions, explosive grenades, chemical agents, and water cannons in freezing temperatures injuring and maiming water protectors engaged in peaceful First Amendment-protected protest activities and prayer circles. We are proud to be part of the civil team litigating this case.

Trump Hotel Documents Hidden from Public View

After months of denial and stonewalling by the General Service Administration (GSA), the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) has uncovered through painstaking and persistent litigation that certain government communications between the GSA and the Trump Organization negotiating terms of the arrangements for the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue have been kept outside agency records, on private email.

Know Your Rights: Restrictions on Police Misconduct During Demonstrations in D.C.

Must-know information for any activist and organizer in the nation's capital

Victory in major class-action protest impact litigation

Class action impact litigation brought by the PCJF on behalf of more than 1000 people led to major and substantive reform in police policies and practices in the handling of mass demonstrations in Washington, D.C. Two federal judges called the outcome of the PCJF's litigation "historic," "critical" and "substantial reform," and an achievement that would "protect future generations of protesters" in the nation's capital.