The Civil Liberties Defense Center is a nonprofit organization of practicing public interest attorneys and organizers. We focus on defending and upholding the rights of activists through education, outreach, litigation, and legal support and assistance.
Corporations are paying for laws to be placed in federal and state statutes that blatantly violate the US and state constitutions. CLDC focuses on challenging and changing these statutes when they are used to censor and eliminate the rights of citizens engaged in political expression.
The USA PATRIOT Act (actually an acronym for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism) is the largest threat to our civil liberties in modern history. CLDC is a nationally recognized expert on the Act and is frequently requested to speak about its restrictions on our rights and the domestic implications of the U.S.’s “war on terrorism.” In the past year, we’ve given 36 presentations about the USA PATRIOT Act to university audiences, civic groups, conferences, Republican groups, social change and environmental activists, and church groups.
Here are some reasons why you might consider supporting CLDC…
1. Help the progressive social change movement become more effective by educating people about their rights.
2. Provide activists with adequate legal protection from corporate and governmental attacks on their civil liberties.
3. Help organize a movement to confront threats to our rights from the USA PATRIOT Act and other right-wing initiatives.
To accomplish these goals, we provide free or reduced-rate legal representation (or provide referrals) for people working on a variety of environmental and social justice causes. We act as a resource for activists and activist attorneys by providing free legal advice, legal research, legal briefs, and trainings. We also organize other attorneys, activists, and the general public in campaigns to stop attacks on civil liberties.