Issues & Case Updates

Markham Firefighter Sues Chicago Cops for False Arrest After a community cleanup in Englewood, volunteers end up in violent confrontation with dozens of cops. November 15, 2018 By Maya Dukmasova On an April afternoon in 2017, 35-year-old Vairrun Strickland came to the intersection of 63rd and Ashland in Englewood with dozens of other people wearing black T-shirts and brandishing green, red,
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Christian is a recent graduate of the Northeastern University School of Law, where she was a Public Interest Law Scholar. During her time at Northeastern Christian was a chair of the Black Law Students Association, a Teaching Assistant, a Research Assistant, a Lawyering Fellow, and an elected SBA  representative for the Experiential Education and Assessment Committee. Additionally, she participated in the American Bar Association’s
Attorneys from People’s Law Office and Abolitionist Law Center File Habeas Petitions on Behalf of Janet Africa and Janine Africa of the MOVE 9 Janet Africa (left) and Janine Africa (right), two of the MOVE 9 still in prison October 4, 2018 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Today, the Abolitionist Law Center and the Peoples Law Office filed Habeas motions in the United States District Court for the
Today, attorneys from the People’s Law Office representing the #NoCopAcademy campaign, presented a motion requesting the Honorable Judge Sophia Hall to both review records withheld by the Mayor’s Office and to order the Mayor’s Office to produce any records withheld in violation of the law. The motion is part of a lawsuit filed by the #NoCopAcademy campaign against the Mayor’s
Lee Dewey with lawyers Joey Mogul and Brad Thomson
Yesterday, August 16, 2018,the Cook County State’s Attorneys’ Office dropped all criminal charges against Lee Dewey (they/them). Lee, represented by People’s Law Office attorneys Joey Mogul and Brad Thomson, faced multiple false felony charges stemming from their arrest at the SlutWalk Chicago demonstration in 2017. Lee Dewey (Center) with People’s Law Office attorneys Joey Mogul (Left) and Brad Thomson (right)
People’s Law Office obtained an important victory from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in a wrongful death in custody case. The decision granted a new trial for our client and changed the legal standard for cases of this kind. For more information: People’s Law Office Obtains Appellate Court Victory
Lyvita Gomes, died in Lake County Jail
On August 10, 2018, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in a unanimous decision authored by the Honorable Diane Wood rendered an important victory to the plaintiff in a wrongful death in custody case brought by the People’s Law Office. Not only was the case remanded for a new trial, but in a precedent-setting portion of the decision those responsible
Debbie Africa of the MOVE 9 Released from Prison after 40 Years Debbie Africa, with her lawyer Brad Thomson (left) and her son Mike Africa Jr. (right) On Saturday, June 16, Debbie Africa of the MOVE 9 was released from Pennsylvania state prison. Debbie was granted parole after spending 39 years, 10 months in prison. Debbie was imprisoned since August 8,
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 19, 2018 Contact: Jessey Neves, 562-453-6342, Jessey.Neves [at] macarthurjustice.org Tania Unzueta, 773-387-3186, tania [at] mijente.net Community-Driven Federal Class Action Lawsuit & Report Targets Chicago Police’s Inaccurate, Racially Discriminatory Gang Database At least 195,000 individuals – 95% Black and Latinx – are listed in an error-filled database from which their names can never be removed. Chicago – The
MEDIA RELEASE: MOVE Member Debbie Africa Released on Parole After Over 39 Years in Prison Debbie Africa and her son Mike Africa, Jr. after Debbie’s release from prison June 18, 2018: On Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 10 a.m., MOVE member Debbie Africa will make her first public appearance since being released from prison after 39 years and 10 months