CCR Says: This is Your Victory: End Stop and Frisk Today

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 The Suss Law was eventually repealed only to be re-instated (conveniently) by the phony ‘war on terror’ and used to stop hundreds of thousands of people, with virtually no ‘terror’ arrests.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]

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Press and Public Denied Access to Documents in Bradley Manning Case

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

Now for some good news… for a change

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 <strong 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 <strong 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.

<strong 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 <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>CCR’s work and share in this victory with you.

NYTIMES Highlights CCR Witness Who was Stopped / Targeted by the NYPD

21 December 2011 — CCR

On Sunday, The New York Times featured a powerful op-ed, Why Is the N.Y.P.D. After Me?, authored by Nicholas K. Peart. Nicholas submitted a declaration in support of our recently filed motion for class certification in Floyd v. the City of New York. In the piece, he shares his experiences being stopped and frisked repeatedly by the New York City Police Department. Nicholas writes,

“For young people in my neighborhood, getting stopped and frisked is a rite of passage. We expect the police to jump us at any moment. We know the rules: don’t run and don’t try to explain, because speaking up for yourself might get you arrested or worse. And we all feel the same way — degraded, harassed, violated and criminalized because we’re black or Latino. Nicholas is not alone. Hundreds of thousands of people are stopped each year by the NYPD.”

Have you been stopped as well? CCR is currently interviewing people who have been stopped by the NYPD. Contact us: stopandfrisk@ccrjustice.org or 347.574.7723 to set up an interview. This collection of stories will appear in an upcoming report that documents the impact of stop-and-frisk on peoples’ lives. Learn more at ccrjustice.org/stopandfrisk.

1st Amendment Victory in Goodman v. St. Paul, MN Police

5 October 2011 — Center for Constitutional Rights

Yesterday, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) with co-counsel Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York and Albert Goins in Minneapolis, celebrated a landmark settlement in Goodman v. St. Paul, a federal lawsuit brought by Democracy Now! journalists Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous, and Nicole Salazar against the Minneapolis-St. Paul police departments and the U.S. Secret Service, arising from law enforcement’s unlawful arrest and use of excessive of force during the journalists’ coverage of protests and demonstrations around the 2008 Republic National Convention (RNC). Learn more about the case here.

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 26 May, 2011: CCR Launches Lawsuit In Connection With Last Year’s Raid of Flotilla Bound to Gaza

26 May, 2011 — VTJP

News

International Middle East Media Center

Israeli Vice-PM Shalom Against Opening Gaza Crossing
IMEMC – Thursday May 26, 2011 – 17:08, Israeli Vice-Premier Silvan Shalom has spoken out against the easing of the blockade on Gaza through relaxed restrictions at the Egypt-Gaza crossing at Rafah, according to the Jerusalem Post.

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CCR and ACLU File Lawsuit to Allow Challenge to Targeted Killings off the Battlefield

3 August, 2010 — CCR

Today CCR along with the ACLU filed a joint lawsuit to challenge the legality and constitutionality of a licensing scheme that requires lawyers to seek government permission to represent individuals that same government intends to kill. The U.S. government has claimed the power to target and kill U.S. citizens and other individuals anywhere in the world, outside of any battlefield-without charge, trial, or a judicial process of any kind.

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CCR: Tell Congress It Can’t Be Judge, Jury and Executioner

12 November, 2009 — Center for Constitutional Rights

Dear CCR Supporter Take Action!:
Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights filed a lawsuit against the United States government in an effort to derail a a right wing campaign to target, attack and crush progressive organizations. ACORN v. USA challenges the legality of the actions of Congress in passing a resolution barring government funding of ACORN and all of its affiliated and allied organizations.

Their actions constitute a bill of attainder – effectively permitting Congress to act as judge, jury and executioner without a trial or judicial hearing. Despite existing regulations and mechanisms to address legal concerns involving federal grantees, this resolution was passed solely for the purpose of singling out ACORN and its affiliates for de-funding and punishment.

The right wing has used the media and its influence to target progressive organizations and individuals in order to silence voices on the left which, like CCR, work tirelessly for open democracy, social change and a just society. Now, Congress has entered this politically motivated campaign by illegally using its power to punish those it doesn’t like. By singling out ACORN without so much as a single hearing, Congress has initiated an unconstitutional attack on poor people, on working people and on democracy itself.

This resolution expires on December 18, 2009. Please take action by contacting your representative today to tell them that Congress can’t be the judge, jury and executioner. Urge your representative to vote against any attempts to de-fund ACORN or any other organization without due process. Everyone has the right to due process. Join CCR in challenging this effort by the right to yet again disregard the Constitution and destroy the forces working for positive change.

Sincerely,
Vincent Warren
Executive Director