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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 >>

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 >>

We have the momentum against mass surveillance, but we must take action

The legislation passed by the House shows that progress is possible. But it is not enough. We have to keep organizing, fighting and encouraging others to join this effort. more >>

PCJF joins Reset the Net campaign for internet privacy

A day of collective action on June 5th
Reset the Net is a global movement to take our privacy back and secure the Internet to defend against mass government surveillance. more >>

Fusion Centers Approached 2011 Black Friday Consumer Boycott Like a Terrorist Threat

Counter-terrorism officials partner with corporate retail trade association
The documents reveal that Fusion Centers and their personnel even conflate their anti-terrorism mission with a need for intelligence gathering on a possible consumer boycott during the holiday season. more >>

National police chiefs collaborated with counter-terrorism Fusion Center targeting peaceful protest

First order of business for police chiefs' intelligence-sharing subcommittee: Occupy
The documents reveal that the police chiefs of major U.S. cities created an “Emerging Issues” Subcommittee and that “The first issue the committee is working is the Occupy Movement.” more >>

Exposed: The Hidden Role of Fusion Centers in the Nationwide Spying Operation Against Occupy

"Counter-terrorism" agencies' domestic spying on free speech activity
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-funded Fusion Centers used their vast anti-terrorism and anti-crime authority and funding to conduct a sprawling, nationwide and hour-by-hour surveillance effort that targeted even the smallest activity of peaceful protestors in the Occupy Movement. more >>
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