Know Your Rights & Legal Observer Training @ Ainsworth United Church
Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Lauren Regan, director of the Civil Liberties Defense Center, will be in Portland the evening of April 29 to give a Break-Free specific Know Your Rights training. There will also be a training session for thosewishing to serve as Legal Observers.

6:00-7:15pm – Know Your Rights for Break Free actions
7:15-8:00pm – Legal Observer Training (for those interested)

Come out and learn or get updated on your rights to express dissent, how to deal with police and what to expect from the legal system. A special edition focused on Break Free-specific risks and considerations!

Finally, the mobilization in Anarcortes is planned to be massive–this means we need trained Legal Observers, and lots of them. If you’re interested in this role during Break Free, there will be a mandatory training after the Know Your Rights session.


Second Saturdays Benefit Concert for CLDC! @ Sunnyside Up Cafe,
May 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The May 14th concert will be at Sunnyside Up Cafe, 116 NW 3rd St, Corvallis; 6-8pm.  The band lined up to play that evening is The Nettles, a local Celtic fusion band – wonderful, uplifting music!  We ask a minimum donation of $5 at the door.

The Event is a fundraiser for the Civil Liberties Defense Center!

Second Saturdays Benefit Concert Series – for a better world

Corvallis, Oregon

The impetus for Second Saturdays Benefit Concert Series came in January 2007, as a way to raise money for the legal defense of Lt. Ehren Watada, the first military officer to publicly refuse deployment to Iraq.  We are peace activists from Corvallis, Oregon.  We strongly opposed the war on Iraq and other wars. That first concert was a huge success, raising $800 for Lt Watada.  We realized then that we could keep doing this, raising funds for other worthy causes  –  groups and organizations dedicated to creating a healthier, greener, more peaceful and just world. Most Second Saturdays’ beneficiaries are local and non-profit, although we sometimes make exceptions.  January 2017 marks Second Saturdays’ 10th year anniversary.

Concert organizers are: Leah Bolger, Ruth Roberts, Laurie Childers, Gretchen Newlin, and with much assistance from Bart Bolger. Our organizing group handles all publicity and other details.

The Hydra we Face: A benefit for the CLDC @ Brooklyn Commons
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Come hear from friends fighting the repression of eco, animal liberation & and social justice activists in the Pacific Northwest, Buffalo and in America’s prisons. We will also hear what people are doing to fight back against this via the Freedom of Information Act, proactive lawsuits and more.

The Commons has a wonderful cafe and bar which features organic/fair trade coffee, beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks, dessert and more. Please come on an empty stomach and support the Commons!

This event takes place during the Left Forum which is happening at John Jay College 5.20-5.22

Lauren will provide case examples, tips, and traps regarding government and corporate surveillance of climate activists and frontline communities, their campaigns, and their lawyers, and why everyone needs to take security issues seriously to be a serious activist, advocate or attorney.

Rachel will discuss her legal challenges to the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, which allows for the prosecution of non-violent property damage as a federal crime of terrorism, as well as the suppression of dissent within the federal bureau of prisons, where animal rights and environmental activists are singled out post-conviction, along with other unpopular prisoners, for heightened restrictions and surveillance.

Leslie James Pickering highlights two decades of activism through secret files pried loose from the FBI. From living under federal surveillance to being targeted by informants to supporting underground liberation movements, this presentation offers a rare glimpse into maintaining the struggle in spite of repression.

Hoyt-Schermerhorn: A, C and G
Bergen Street: F
Atlantic Ave – Barclay Center: B, M, Q, R, 2, 3, 4 and 5, Flatbush Avenue: LIRR
B63 and B65

2016 Next Generation Climate Justice Action Camp @ Apserkaha Park
Jul 12 @ 12:00 pm – Jul 19 @ 11:30 am

CLDC’s 3rd annual Next Generation Justice Action Camp!

This summer, the Civil Liberties Defense Center is hosting the third annual action camp for young people ages 14-18 to gain knowledge and skills to organize for climate justice! The camp will include a youth led public event focused on a climate justice campaign!

The camp will be from Tuesday July 12th-19th, 2016! People should plan on being at the campsite at noon on Tuesday, July 12th and depart by noon Tuesday, July 19th.

The camp is being held at the same location as the 2015 camp, Apserkaha Park at Howard Prairie Lake 40 minutes east of Ashland.

The Camp registration fee is $150.00, but no one will be turned away if they can’t afford the fee.

Register Here! (Even if you aren’t able to pay, please register)

For more details visit the camp page: