Sub-unit of the International Action Center, a front for the Marxist-Leninist Workers World Party
Provides legal services for protesters arrested during demonstrations
Publishes literature designed to protect the civil liberties of terrorist suspects
Founded in 1994, the Partnership for Civil Justice Legal Defense & Education Fund (PCJ-LDEF) defines itself as “a public interest legal organization ... that handles a broad range of complex constitutional rights litigation matters including First Amendment litigation, employment and public accommodation discrimination cases, economic justice issues and defense of targeted communities and political organizations and activists.” Acting as the legal wing of Ramsey Clark's International Action Center (IAC), PCJ-LDEF consists solely of National Lawyers Guild (NLG) attorneys Carl Messineo and Mara Verheyden-Hillard. It provides legal defense for protesters arrested during leftist demonstrations on such matters as peace and immigration. It also works closely with NLG to train and dispatch “legal observers” to monitor and document instances of police misconduct at major demonstrations in which IAC-related organizations participate.
Viewing the United States as a nation characterized by “disturbing and marked movement towards reactionary government policies in general,” PCJ-LDEF aims to bring about “progressive and radical social change” via grassroots efforts.