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Interim Victory for Free Speech: Federal Court Rejects City's Motion to Dismiss First Amendment Lawsuit

Rev. Bruce Wright has filed a federal lawsuit against the city for its trespass ordinance which has prevented him from exercising his First Amendment rights in Williams Park. more >>

Take Action: Tell Congress Don't Block Free Speech at the White House

9,600 Letters Sent to Save Free Speech at the White House
Congress is in recess, but the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has scheduled a hearing about security at the White House. We need to flood Congress with letters now. more >>

PCJF response to D.C. Chief Lanier's 'chilling' activation of civil disturbance units for Ferguson protests

Deploying riot-gear officers in D.C. against peaceful protest is illegal
"If Chief Lanier deploys riot-gear police against peaceful protesters, she will be breaking the law," stated Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Executive Director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund. more >>

Take Action to Save Free Speech at the White House

Tell Congress: No to Proposals to Eliminate Free Speech
Take a moment right now to tell your representatives, the Secretary of the Interior and the Director of the Secret Service that we will not allow them to take this space away from the American public. more >>

PCJF condemns proposals to close White House area to protests

An outrageous assault on free speech
Closing the White House sidewalk or Pennsylvania Avenue to protest, or setting up checkpoints, would be an outrageous assault on free speech rights in the United States. more >>

Important victory in case of Ray McGovern's brutal arrest

'Be On the Look Out Alert' Rescinded; Law Enforcement Instructed that BOLO is 'Not Operational'
The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund is pleased to announce an important victory in the ongoing case of peace activist Ray McGovern. more >>

Do you have the right to peacefully march or will you be jailed?

The Brooklyn Bridge Mass Arrest Lawsuit: A major battle for the future of free speech
It is impossible to overstate the importance and impact on fundamental free speech rights of the Brooklyn Bridge mass arrest lawsuit. It was filed on behalf of the more than 700 people who were illegally arrested during a peaceful march on October 1, 2011. more >>

Major Free Speech Court Victory in Brooklyn Bridge Occupy Mass Arrest Class Action

Federal Court Rules for Protestors
In a major victory for free speech rights, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a ruling today denying the City of New York’s effort to dismiss the lawsuit challenging the NYPD’s mass false arrest of 700 Occupy Wall Street demonstrators on the Brooklyn Bridge in October 2011. more >>

The Government's Under-the-Radar Mass Surveillance Program

What if the executive branch's authorities were defined not by legislation nor the Constitution, but by opaque and loosely interpreted Executive Orders, the application of which were deemed "confidential?" more >>

Justice Dept.'s disingenuous denial of spying on Muslim and Arab Americans

The statement issued today by the Justice Department and Director of National Intelligence in response to Glenn Greenwald's just-released story in The Intercept about NSA and FBI spying is disingenuous. more >>
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