PCJF response to D.C. Chief Lanier's 'chilling' activation of civil disturbance units for Ferguson protests
D.C. local media is reporting that Police Chief Cathy Lanier has activated 17 civil disturbance platoons and the special operations division (which include K-9, the bomb squad and the emergency response team), instructing that they will be working on Sunday and Monday in preparation for Ferguson-related protests.
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.
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.
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.
The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund is pleased to announce an important victory in the ongoing case of peace activist Ray McGovern.
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.
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.
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.
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?"