13 August 2013 — Center for Constitutional Rights
[It’s great to know, that every once in awhile, we, that is, we the People, achieve a significant victory over the forces of repression and reaction. And CCR’s legal battle to overturn ‘stop and frisk’ in NYC reminds me that back in 1980, the equivalent law here in the UK was called the “Suss Law” and its use against people of colour by the Met police eventually triggered riots that saw cities burn. The Suss Law was eventually repealed only to be re-instated (conveniently) by the phony ‘war on terror’ and used to stop hundreds of thousands of people, with virtually no ‘terror’ arrests. WB]
17 April 2013 — Center for Constitutional Rights
New York – Today, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF) rejected claims in a lawsuit by the Center for Constitutional Rights challenging government secrecy around the court martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning. The suit, bought on behalf of a group of journalists, asked the court to ensure members of the press and public have access to court documents and transcripts in the case and challenged the fact that important legal matters in the pre-trial proceedings have been argued and decided in secret. Continue reading this...
16 August 2012 — Center for Constitutional Rights
9 March 2012 — Center for Constitutional Rights
CCR Breaking News: Court Rules FDNY Liable for Up to $128 Million in Back Pay
CCR is thrilled to announce that U.S. District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis has ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in United States of America and Vulcan Society, Inc., v. City of New York. The federal class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Vulcan Society, the fraternal organization of Black firefighters, and three individual African-American firefighter applicants charging the class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>New York City Fire Department (FDNY) with racially discriminatory hiring practices. The ruling found the City of New York liable for wage losses of $128,696,803. Furthermore, Judge Garaufis ordered the FDNY to hire 186 Black firefighters and 107 Latino firefighters from among the Black and Latino applicants who took either the 1999 and/or 2002 class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>New York City firefighter exams, both of which were found to be racially discriminatory and illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>CCR has challenged the fundamental inequality of the hiring and recruiting process of the FDNY for several years, and we have consistently advocated for the social and economic rights of people of color in a system that has long denied them a livable wage and equal opportunity. We congratulate the Vulcans on this momentous and well-deserved victory. Please join us in celebrating this critical step forward for justice. For more information visit our case page and press release.
We thank you for your continued support of class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>CCR’s work and share in this victory with you.