"Trump has given a green light to shut down free speech"
UN human rights advocates have condemned bills introduced in 19 US states that target peaceful protest and other forms of free speech. They say that the proposed laws violate First Amendment protections as well as international human rights standards. Mara Verheyden-Hillard, a human rights attorney and co-founder of Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, joins RT America’s Simone Del Rosario to explain what’s at stake.
PCJF Joins Legal Team Defending Water Protectors at Standing Rock
The PCJF is proud to be part of the legal team litigating in federal court against the violent, militarized police suppression of Water Protectors at Standing Rock. The WPLC filed Dundon v. Kirchmeier, a federal civil rights class action lawsuit challenging law enforcement's excessive, indiscriminate and mass brutal force against Water Protectors.
PCJF Helps Win $125K Judgment for Illegal Public Strip Search
PCJF Executive Director Mara Verheyden-Hilliard talks about the latest victory — a $125K judgment for a man who was publicly strip searched by a Laurel, MD police officer (who remains on the police force). The suit was a joint effort between PCJF and the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.
PCJF Testifies Against the Appointment of Peter Newsham as DC Metro Police Chief
VIDEO: PCJF Executive Director Mara Verheyden-Hilliard delivers powerful testimony in front of the Washington D.C. Council, Committee on Judiciary & Public Safety, in defense of the right of people to protest peacefully without fear of being unjustly arrested, and against the appointment of Peter Newsham as DC Metropolitan Police Chief.
Lawsuit: DC police withholding reports on protest response
PCJF Files Lawsuit Against DC MPD: Demands No Council Vote on Newsham Without Records Release
The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department to obtain the release of documents regarding interim Chief Peter Newsham's controversial handling of the January 20th protests against the incoming Trump Administration. Read more
PCJF to testify against appointment of Peter Newsham as Chief of DC Metro Police
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser recently announced Peter Newsham as her pick to be chief of the DC Metropolitan Police Department. The PCJF is calling on the D.C. Council to reject the mayor’s appointment of Newsham, and we hope that you will join us at the public hearing on Friday, March 24. Read more