PCJF Op-Ed in the Washington Post: Trump admin wants to tax protests. What happened to free speech?
For the first time, the U.S. government wants demonstrators to pay to use our parks, sidewalks and streets to engage in free speech in the nation’s capital. This is a bold effort by the Trump administration to burden and restrict access to public spaces for First Amendment activities in Washington. If enacted, it would fundamentally alter participatory democracy in America. Read more
Lawsuit Over Police Collusion with Right-Wing Organizations to Infiltrate and Surveil Protest Groups
The PCJF is suing to obtain government disclosure of documents regarding the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and its officers’ relationships with Project Veritas, Oath Keepers and other right-wing groups who acted as proxy with the MPD to infiltrate and surveil protest groups. Read more
Standing Rock: First Amended Complaint Filed to Vindicate Constitutional Rights of Water Protectors
On the night of November 20, 2016 law enforcement unleashed specialty impact munitions, explosive grenades, chemical agents, and water cannons in freezing temperatures injuring and maiming water protectors engaged in peaceful First Amendment-protected protest activities and prayer circles. We are proud to be part of the civil team litigating this case.
Trump Hotel Documents Hidden from Public View
After months of denial and stonewalling by the General Service Administration (GSA), the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) has uncovered through painstaking and persistent litigation that certain government communications between the GSA and the Trump Organization negotiating terms of the arrangements for the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue have been kept outside agency records, on private email. Read more
Know Your Rights: Restrictions on Police Misconduct During Demonstrations in D.C.
Victory in major class-action protest impact litigation
Class action impact litigation brought by the PCJF on behalf of more than 1000 people led to major and substantive reform in police policies and practices in the handling of mass demonstrations in Washington, D.C. Two federal judges called the outcome of the PCJF's litigation "historic," "critical" and "substantial reform," and an achievement that would "protect future generations of protesters" in the nation's capital.
Calling the Police Version of Events "Fanciful," Magistrate Judge Recommends the Court Find Mass Arrests Were False
U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola has issued a report and recommendation to presiding Judge Paul L. Friedman that summary judgment issue in favor of the Becker class declaring the mass arrest to be a mass false arrest.