Color of Change v. Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation

At a Glance

Date Filed: 

October 20, 2016

Current Status 

COC and CCR filed for summary judgment on March 19, 2018, asking the Court to order the release of the DHS document referred to as the "Race Paper."

Co-Counsel 

Avi Cover, Case Western University

Client(s) 

Color of Change (COC)

Case Description 

In July 2016, Color of Change (COC) and CCR filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request seeking information from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on the surveillance and monitoring of Movement for Black Lives (MBL) protestors and organizers exercising their First Amendment constitutional rights at protests across the country. The request was specifically directed at the monitoring of protest activity whose subject matter or theme involved police violence, criminal justice, racial inequities, or MBL. The request follows the many instances over the past two years of military and counterterror resources being used to surveil MBL protests as well as first-hand accounts of surveillance of protests and activists.

COC FOIA Briefing Guides

Case Timeline

March 19, 2018
COC and CCR file motion for summary judgment in order to release DHS "Race Paper"
March 19, 2018
COC and CCR file motion for summary judgment in order to release DHS "Race Paper"
COC and CCR file a motion for summary judgment, asking the Court to order DHS to release a document from the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis referred to as the "Race Paper."
October 20, 2016
COC and CCR file complaint against DHS and FBI
October 20, 2016
COC and CCR file complaint against DHS and FBI
COC and CCR file complaint against the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.