The increasing diversity of America is occurring alongside persistent, systemic racism and increasingly visible xenophobia.
As the Constitution’s promise of equal justice is broken or ignored by those who have vowed to uphold it, we must stand strong against attacks on the right to vote, to protest, and to live without fear of oppression or abuse.
The MacArthur Justice Center uses the US legal system to work with and for communities affected by institutional racism and oppression.
Catalan-Ramirez v. Wong
After a false inclusion in the CPD's Gang Database, six ICE agents stormed Mr. Catalan-Ramirez's house without a warrant, slammed him to the ground, handcuffed him, and took him away where he was detained, without adequate medical care, for over 10 months.The MacArthur Justice Center joined with the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild to sue the City and ICE on Mr. Catalan-Ramirez's behalf. We have secured his freedom – and gotten his name removed from the Gang Database.
Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach
Rights of Protesters
In Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, the MacArthur Justice Center stood up for the rights of protesters in an amicus brief, showing that the mere existence of probably cause does not justify an arrest in retaliation for speech. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed, holding 8-1 that at least in some circumstances, probable cause does not excuse a retaliatory arrest.