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Justice In Action

“Justice in Action” and “Dissent & Democracy” are the Civil Liberties Defense Center’s programs serving as our two-pronged approach towards achieving the goals set forth by our mission. By utilizing education, and when necessary, the courts, the Civil Liberties Defense Center is distinctly able to both proactively and reactively challenge governmental attacks on our liberties and rights. Additionally, as a smaller organization, we have the power of flexibility that enables us to spring into action to address immediate needs of our constituents, tailoring our responses accordingly.

Through Justice in Action, our litigation program, the Civil Liberties Defense Center provides free legal representation or referrals to peace activists, environmental and animal rights activists, immigrants’ rights activists, marriage equality activists, and others involved in progressive social change. Of the numerous requests the CLDC receives, we accept cases with the most potential to effect systemic change beyond the individual case, and to serve communities with difficulty obtaining excellent legal representation. Whether by successfully representing a mosque in a challenge to the FBI’s attempt to subpoena religious records after September 11, or by providing continual assistance with legal representation and referrals of the “Green Scare” defendants and grand jury witnesses, the Civil Liberties Defense Center excels in precedent-setting cases and impact litigation in order to protect constitutional rights.

The Civil Liberties Defense Center is entrenched in the fight against the government’s abuse of the “terrorist” label. Alarmingly, many of the attacks on our civil liberties after September 11, 2001, are just now coming to fruition. For the first time in the history of our democracy, the government has attempted to expand the definition of “terrorism” to include crimes involving property damage alone and has attempted to portray civil disobedience, such as picketing, as “terrorism” for purposes of increasing punishment and chilling citizen activism. The CLDC challenges this abusive labeling in the courtroom, in the international media, and through public education.

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)

ALEC 101

Lauren Regan on the American Legislative Exchange Council

Check out Lauren Regan’s presentation on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) at St. Francis in Portland (Occupy Portland‘s Headquarters), February 10, 2012. On February 29th, “F29,” there will nationwide protests against ALEC. See the Occupy Eugene website for details.

Protestors w/sign

Green Scare

The Civil Liberties Center is working to fight against the Green Scare, the governments unconstitutional attack on environmental and animal rights activists, by conducting research, participating in public outreach and education, and assisting with the legal defense of non-cooperating defendants. We are also providing attorney referrals for various individuals and have assisted their attorneys with […]

Tasers and the Police: A Deadly Combination

Tasers do not decrease the likelihood that police will use deadly force. In fact, tasers are deadly force. The Civil Liberties Center is working to educate the community about this commonly used compliance device. Check out our Taser Trifold in English or in Spanish. Please feel free to reprint and distribute.