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Our Lawsuit Against Biden for Complicity in Israel’s Genocide in Gaza Garners Widespread Media Coverage


 A quote that says, Our team has had to update more than once the numbers of our clients’ relatives who have been killed as we prepared this lawsuit and motion. There is no starker illustration of how urgently this injunction is needed, end quote, said by Astha Sharma Pokharel, Center for Constitutional Rights Staff Attorney.  Behind the quote is a black and white image of smoke rising above a neighborhood.

Uplifting our latest analysis on our lawsuit against Biden for complicity in the Israeli government’s unfolding genocide of Palestinians in Gaza 

On November 13, we filed a lawsuit against President Biden, Secretary of State Blinken, and Secretary of Defense Austin for failing in their legal duty to prevent, and not further, the Israeli government’s unfolding genocide of Palestinians in Gaza. Read the full press release on our website

Our lawsuit has garnered major news coverage here and around the globe. We want to share some media coverage and interviews that feature our staff, who directly provide our latest analysis: 

If you missed it, you can also watch recordings of both our online press conference and our Power Hour event on our Facebook page.

 Event flyer that says Beyond Punishment Stories of Healing and Justice, an interview-based theater performance.   Co-produced by the Justice Beyond Punishment Collaborative (JBPC) and Ping Chong and Company. Created and directed by Kirya Traber in collaboration with the performers.   Get tickets to shows on 11/30, 12/01, and 12/03.   The flyer is yellow with words in red, white and black.

November 30 and December 1: “Beyond Punishment: Stories of Justice and Healing” 

As part of the Justice Beyond Punishment Collaborative (JBPC), we are co-hosting the world premiere of Beyond Punishment: Stories of Justice and Healing, an original interview-based theater performance co-produced by JBPC and Ping Chong and Company. There will be three performances: Thursday, November 30 and Friday, December 1, at 7 p.m. at Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn, and Sunday, December 3, at 4 p.m. at Hi-Arts in Manhattan. The events are free, but please register for tickets.

Date: Thursday, November 30, at 7 p.m. and Friday, December 1, at 7 p.m.
Location: Weeksville Heritage Center
158 Buffalo Avenue
Brooklyn, 11213

Written and directed by Kirya Traber in collaboration with the performers, Beyond Punishment follows the lives of four remarkable individuals who grapple with the intersections and impacts of interpersonal and state violence. This production, performed by the storytellers themselves, gives insight into their lives, leadership, and healing journeys. Together, their stories encourage us to imagine justice beyond a punitive system that begets further violence.

See more information on our event page on our website. Register for free tickets at the Eventbrite site.

 Picture of Bill Goodman, he is sitting in a chair, visible from the chest up. He is staring directly at the camera and is wearing a black button-up shirt. A fireplace mantle is visible behind him.

Honoring the loss of our former legal director Bill Goodman 

We are reeling from the loss of the legendary Bill Goodman, our former legal director, who died suddenly on November 17. Since then, those of us who loved him and learned from him have been sharing stories, articles, and videos about this utterly fearless and irreverent warrior for justice, whose social conscience developed at a young age and grew only more expansive as he grew older. His hatred of oppression was pure; he was all heart. 

With his two stints as our legal director, 1998-2003 and 2005-2007, Bill left a lasting mark on our organization, the many lawyers he mentored—and the country. Under his leadership, we boldly challenged fascism in all its forms. He headed Daniels v. the City of New York, part of our successful, landmark challenge of the NYPD’s racist stop-and-frisk policy. Bill lived ahead of the curve, including by championing our work for Palestinian liberation. After 9/11, Bill immediately grasped the impending threat to our freedoms, pushing us to play an early and lead role in the battle against the Bush administration’s human rights abuses. 

Read our full statement on our website

 Photo of Holly Maguigan, who is visible from the neck up. She is facing into the camera and is smiling. She has on glasses. The background behind her is blurry.

Honoring the loss of our friend Holly Maguigan 

We mourn the passing of Holly Maguigan, a pathbreaking criminal defense lawyer, teacher, and scholar who changed public understanding of how the law should treat survivors of domestic violence. She served on the boards of important institutions like MADRE and the William Kunstler Fund for Racial Justice and was on the faculty at NYU Law School for 30 years. The only thing that rivaled Holly's passion for social justice was her love of family, including her daughter, grandchildren, and husband, Abdeen Jabara, a former beloved member of our staff and board. Holly mentored many of us – and inspired all of us with her visionary work leveraging the law to forge social progress.  

Holly was a key figure in a transformative legal movement that legitimized the self-defense defense in domestic violence cases. This was a virtually unheard-of concept at the outset of her career as a public defender. 

“The battered women cases I was working on were quite consuming because people then didn’t know how to try these cases. The judges expected you to plead insanity or guilty.”
– Holly Maguigan explained

Respect for the dignity and humanity of women guided her work, always. 

Read our full statement on our website

Photo credit Democracy Now!

Work with us! New job posting: Associate Director - Policy 

The Associate Director of Policy (ADP) will identify, develop, oversee, and implement legislative and policy strategies to advance the Center for Constitutional Rights’ key priorities in challenging white supremacy, economic oppression, gender oppression, and abusive state practices. This new position will formalize the Center for Constitutional Rights’ institutional presence in policy and decision-making fora and mechanisms, and help build a team that at full capacity will conduct policy research and strategic interventions at the state, federal, and international levels, in collaboration with other members of the Advocacy and Legal teams.

View the full job description, qualifications, pay and benefits on our website. Candidates should visit our website to submit an online application. Applicants will be asked to submit a resume and cover letter.


Last modified 

November 28, 2023