Press Releases

Eviction of Elderly Widow Prompts State Investigation of Town’s Vice-Mayor

5 Jun, 2019

Hanford, CA—The family of an elderly widow was shocked when she was evicted from her longtime apartment earlier this year. They were even more outraged when the owner cited her religious expression and age as reasons for the eviction. Now, … Read More

New Lawsuit Challenges Mall’s Restrictions on Sharing Faith

15 May, 2019

Bakersfield, California – A new lawsuit has just been filed against speech restrictions at Valley Plaza Mall in Bakersfield. Attorneys for Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) represent Debra Moore, a senior citizen who likes to invite people to her church and … Read More

Veterans Home Bible Study Restored, but Federal Intervention Sought as California Still Denies Vets’ Speech Rights

7 May, 2019

Sacramento, CA—Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) has secured the restoration of a Bible study for elderly residents of the Veterans Home of California. But PJI attorneys will continue to fight for full restoration of religious freedom in the Home. Last week, PJI launched, … Read More

California Moves to Require Pastors, Priests to Become Government Informants

15 Apr, 2019

Sacramento, CA – The Pacific Justice Institute—Center for Public Policy (PJI-CPP) is raising the alarm about a bill in the California Legislature that would require clergy to report some confessions to the government. Senate Bill 360 by Sen. Jerry Hill … Read More

Texas Court Dismisses Charge Against Evangelist Preaching Outside a Drag Show

1 Apr, 2019

El Paso, TX—A public evangelist criminally charged for preaching in downtown El Paso received news from the El Paso County Court that the charges were dismissed, after Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) aggressively advocated for his free speech rights. James Denton, … Read More

Wisconsin Court Slams City for “Egregious” Disregard of Religious Freedom

20 Mar, 2019

Green Bay, WI—The Brown County Circuit Court has issued a written decision which harshly criticizes a city’s attempt to impose sexual orientation and gender identity mandates on religious organizations. The City of De Pere, which is near Green Bay, sought to … Read More

Evangelist Challenges Speech Restrictions at State Fairgrounds

14 Mar, 2019

Sacramento, CA—A new lawsuit has been filed challenging speech restrictions at the California state fairgrounds, known as Cal Expo. The suit is being filed by Burt Camenzind, who is represented by Pacific Justice Institute (PJI). In addition to the California State … Read More

California Threatens to Boot Elderly Widow From Veterans Home Over Bible Studies

5 Mar, 2019

Yountville, CA—Officials with the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) are threatening to evict an 84-year-old widow from the California Veterans Home unless she halts longtime Bible studies she has been leading for fellow residents. Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) represents … Read More

“Unnecessary Noise” Charge Against Evangelist Dismissed

19 Feb, 2019

Kennewick, WA–A Benton County District Judge dismissed the criminal charge against a public evangelist who regularly preaches outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic. The judge held that the City of Kennewick’s noise ordinance unconstitutionally restrains speech that “annoys” the comfort, … Read More

Reversed! Superintendent Allows Christian Club After PJI Steps In

6 Feb, 2019

Cupertino, CA–Students at Homestead High School stood up for their rights to have their Christian athletes club on campus, and the school district agreed. Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) advocated for their Christian club to be recognized among the many other … Read More