Support the PCJF in the struggles no one else will wage
Dear PCJF supporter,
Named the “Best Lawyers in D.C.” by the Washington City Paper, the Partnership for Civil Justice has again and again stepped forward to fight – and win – the struggles that no one else would wage. And we can only keep doing so with your support.
Your tax-deductible support right now will help us fight the good fight in 2011. There is a lot at stake and we hope that you will support our vigorous efforts to defend fundamental constitutional and civil rights and protect free speech.
The PCJF will not sit by and allow the Constitution to become a mere ornament on a police state.
A federal court judge called the outcome of our litigation on behalf of hundreds of jailed protestors “historic” and “important” and to the benefit of “future generations of protestors.” Calling the work of the lawyers at the PCJF “spectacular,” he added, “There are fewer more tenacious lawyers who work as hard for their clients … This has been litigated tenaciously and with passion and commitment.”
Only the attorneys at the Partnership for Civil Justice were willing to fight a decade-long battle to win justice for the nearly 700 people falsely arrested, swept off the street, and hog-tied at a demonstration in Washington, D.C. in April 2000 and another nearly 400 who were similarly subjected to mass constitutional rights violations in September 2002 in Pershing Park.
Not only did we achieve substantial damage awards for those arrested – in fact the largest protest settlements in U.S. history – but along the way we were effective in dramatically changing police practices and the law in the District of Columbia when it comes to free speech activities.
When the police department in the Nation’s Capital imposed its unprecedented military-style checkpoint and interrogation program, the only organization that came forward to bring a legal challenge to the police was the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund. And we won.
Knowing that if the police in D.C. succeeded with this martial-law set-up it would become a model nationwide, we filed a federal constitutional rights lawsuit. After extensive litigation and a victory at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the police were forced to rescind their illegal program this year. We were also victorious in forcing the government to erase all the intelligence data that it had illegally collected on drivers and cars that were stopped under the program.
With you by our side we can stand up against the growing national surveillance state. The PCJF has launched a nationwide effort on behalf of the American people who are the victims of the government’s illegal spying and surveillance program. The Expose and Expunge campaign is taking on the massive national surveillance and spying apparatus and targeting of political activists and religious beliefs. Please help in this fight and the other struggles in the year ahead – together we can win. Please make a tax deductible end of year contribution today.
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