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It has been said that “THE PRICE OF FREEDOM IS ETERNAL VIGILANCE.” For Black New Yorkers, this credo applies directly to our freedom, not just our liberty as individuals, but to our collective liberation in the US. It calls for us to understand our history, accept the reality of the present, and effectively, collectively act on achieving full freedom.

In the mid‐1980s, a series of well‐publicized police murders of unarmed Black men, women, and children by NYPD, led Black activists to call for the creation of the CENTER FOR LAW AND SOCIAL JUSTICE. The Center for Law and Social Justice (CLSJ) is the only legal, racial justice organization focusing on issues affecting Black New Yorkers. CLSJ was in the lead when an independent, truly Civilian Complaint Review Board was created in NYC in the 1990s. Now, in 2015, thirty years later, CLSJ continues to push for meaningful governmental changes to arrest and stem this horrific, widespread aspect of systemic racism in NYC and across the US. After decades of demands and due to the persistent pressure applied by CLSJ and others, New York State now has its first dedicated statewide Special Prosecutor to investigate police killings of unarmed New Yorkers.

Currently, there is continued advocacy to open up or completely eliminate the grand jury in these types of cases, and to legislatively appoint a permanent special prosecutor. CLSJ is staying on freedom and justice.


Please continuing reading and learn more about the latest news from CLSJ in the Fall / Winter 2015 Newsletter. Click HERE.

Our Mission Statement

The Center for Law and Social Justice (CLSJ) is a community-based legal organization that specializes in addressing racial justice issues. CLSJ provides quality legal advocacy, trainings, and research services in a personal manner to people of African descent and the disenfranchised.

Our Vision Statement

The Center for Law and Social Justice's vision is to be a resource for the liberation of African people in order to achieve a world that will equally distribute societies and natures wealth to everyone, such that they are able to realize their highest creative potential and enjoy their cultural, economic, political, and social rights.

To learn more about the work and how you can sustain it, read more (PDF).
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