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
Help CLSJ Sustain Major Victories in 2013!
In 2012, the Center for Law and Social Justice continued its strident educational, advocacy and litigation for racial justice in New York City. We are few of staff, but strong in commitment. Your support made these major accomplishments in 2012 possible:
Major VICTORY! The Center for Law and Social Justice (CLSJ),working with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, LatinoJustice/PRLDEF, and the National Institute for Latino Policy, developed post-2010 Census "Unity Maps" for New York State's congressional, State Senate and State Assembly redistricting, and New York City Council redistricting. In November 2011, CLSJ successfully intervened on behalf of a group of Black voters in Favors v. Cuomo, a federal case involving the congressional and state legislative lines. The three judge Court largely adopted our congressional "Unity Map." CLSJ remains in court challenging some of the state legislative lines as violative of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, as well as Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.
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.
»» View the 2011 Annual Report (pdf)
Our Racial Justice Work Depends On Your Support!
In 2010, notwithstanding a substantial budget shortfall and a smaller staff,
the Center for Law and Social Justice continued its quest for racial justice
in New York City. Indeed 2010 was an extremely busy and productive year for
us. In addition to continuing our existing projects, we launched three new
projects: the 2010 Census Outreach and Mobilization Project, the Parents Advocates
Coming Together (PACT) Program and the Faith-Based and Community-Based Organizations
Technical Assistance Project. Each of these new projects was initiated in
response to pressing short and long term needs of Brooklyn’s large and diverse
African descendent communities.
To learn more about the work and how you can sustain it, read
Esmeralda Simmons, Esq., founder of the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College, CUNY (CLSJ), speaks about the basics of redistricting. This video series seeks to inform and educate the public about this critical topic that is affecting many communities across the country, including various communities throughout New York.