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20 Years Later, We STILL Have Your Back
Having been an activist in high school and college, I went to law school because [...]
CLDC is hiring a Development Director
CLDC is hiring! Development Director (full-time salaried with benefits) Position to start immediately Preferred candidate [...]
Black Lives Matter Activists File Motion for Summary Judgment
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 7, 2023 Contact: Lauren Regan, Director and Senior Staff Attorney (541) [...]
Five Suggestions for When State Repression Comes to Town
Five Suggestions for When State Repression Comes to Town CLDC has been providing movement aligned [...]
20th Anniversary Party
June 17, 2023
5:00pm — 10:00pm
Dorris Ranch, Springfield, OR
In 2023 CLDC turns 20 - join us at our anniversary party!
The CLDC represents activists that, in the course of fighting for a better world, are arrested and criminally charged. We believe their courage deserves the best possible defense that can incorporate the political, social, and philosophical motivations of these activists.
The CLDC engages in civil litigation to hold the powerful accountable and to protect the rights of activists and marginalized communities. Our civil litigation is aimed at holding governments, corporations, and the powerful accountable when they violate the constitutional rights of others. The civil practice of the CLDC is shaped and driven by a desire to create a lasting impact.
SUPPORTING THE STRUGGLE
The Civil Liberties Defense Center supports movements that seek to dismantle the political and economic structures at the root of social inequality and environmental destruction. We provide litigation, education, legal and strategic resources to strengthen and embolden their success.
CLDC educates, supports and defends grassroots activists nationwide. We are dedicated to being a backbone for the grassroots and the frontlines. We help activists navigate the legal system, we represent them at no cost when they are arrested and we help them make smart choices in the face of state repression. We provide the necessary legal support so that activists can have long, sustainable lifetimes fighting in the movement for justice.
We also provide Know Your Rights and other legal trainings for activists and other vulnerable groups such as youth, tribes, the houseless community and the undocumented community. We believe that knowledge is power, and when people have the tools and understanding to take action and demand that the government honor all their rights, then grassroots activism will be the best chance of exacting necessary change.