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*Defend Free Speech and the Right to Protest, including through our project, The Center for Protest Law & Litigation
*Fight Back Against Illegal Government Surveillance
*Demand Government Transparency
*Hold Police Forces Accountable for Brutality and Misconduct
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Partnership for Civil Justice Fund
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Washington DC 20001
PCJF Welcomes Senior Counsel Rachel Lederman to Lead West Coast Operations
The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, and its Center for Protest Law & Litigation, welcomes Rachel Lederman as Senior Counsel to lead its new West Coast office based in Oakland, Calif.
Rachel has defended hundreds of progressive protestors in court and has obtained significant landmark victories in impact litigation to stop police and government repression and civil rights violations. She was recently lead counsel on NAACP v. City of San José, seeking compensation and reforms for racial justice protesters shot or beaten by the San José Police in May 2020, and she is leading the PCJF’s efforts to drop the charges against the 113 Dolores Park children and young people who were wrongly arrested en masse in July 2023.
Jane Fonda on the repression of Water Protectors and the legal challenge we are mounting to defend their constitutional and human rights
We are mounting a challenge to an extraordinary and dangerous new model of intense repression initiated against Water Protectors in Northern Minnesota that must be stopped before it becomes the nationwide model for movement and community suppression.
Small local Sheriffs' departments, and individual officers, were financially incentivized and paid to act against the opponents of Line 3 with huge sums of money flowing though the so-called "Public Safety Escrow Trust" funded by the Enbridge Corporation. The pipeline corporation paid more than $8.5 million dollars into funding not only Sheriffs’ departments but huge amounts of overtime for individual officers, paid only when they were acting in support of Line 3.
This financial structure essentially privatizes public police forces to act in service to the private pecuniary interests of this foreign corporation against its political opponents and the Indigenous community; to stop and disrupt peaceful organizing and expression that would educate the larger community and national audience about the environmental devastation being caused by the Line 3 pipeline.
We have been preparing the legal challenges to this structure in addition to our other affirmative litigation and defense support to protect and advance Water Protectors' constitutional rights.
Please visit our project the Center for Protest Law and Litigation to learn more about the Line 3 struggle and to support this work.