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Standing Rock Awakens The World

Update from Standing Rock

I wanted to share a short update from Standing Rock regarding a multitude of travesties that have occurred there this week.  Unfortunately, things are only going to be getting more intense out there—both at Standing Rock and around the country.  CLDC is about to hire a 3rd lawyer, a new organizer, and we will be […]

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Make a Year End Gift to Fight for Civil Liberties

With the incoming Trump administration, the need for people to fight for civil liberties will be greater than ever before. We will defend social and environmental justice activists as well as targeted communities such as immigrants, workers and communities of color. Help ensure CLDC can expand our crucial work by becoming a sustaining member today. […]

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Back to the War Zone

We will defend water protectors in court and help organize court support for over 470 arrestees; we will pursue the civil rights actions we are working on against cops and jails; Jamil will ensure computers and communications are as secure as possible; and Erin will lend support to the water protectors and the youth of […]

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Prison & Capitalism

There is a reason that organizers of the September 9 workstoppage are also calling for an abolition of this form of modern slavery: there is no option to reform. There is no humane alternative.

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Legal Defense Klamath Forest Activists

Three forest activists arrested during civil disobedience protests in the Klamath region of Northern California will be represented by attorneys from the Civil Liberties Defense Center in federal court this fall. The case comes after an effective and peaceful “barrel blockade” halted logging operations and elevated an ongoing campaign to expose the Westside “Salvage” Logging […]

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A Few Bad Apples?

The Roots of Violence Against People of Color Runs Deep

Make no mistake about it, when police engage in violence against people of color, they are doing just what they were intended to do. It is not now nor has it ever been a failure of the system due to a few bad apples. If you’re black or brown or poor in this country, the […]