• Leonard & Angela 3.20

    Victory for Valve Turner!

    On Monday night I laid awake all night long in an uncomfortable hotel bed waiting for my alarm to go off at 6am.  I was obsessively ruminating on the sentencing presentation I would give to the Chouteau County District Court in Fort Benton, MT on Tuesday morning on behalf of Valve Turner Leonard Higgins.  All […]

Donations Doubled

Help us reach our fundraising goal of $50,000 by May 31st. All donations between now and May 31st are matched! Double your impact and give today! Help support our work defending front-line activists by becoming a member or making a donation today! If you would prefer to donate by check you can mail donations to: […]

Valve Turners & the Necessity Defense

Valve Turners & the Necessity Defense

Fighting for the Necessity Defense in the Valve Turners Trials CLDC provides legal support and representation to all of the Valve Turners who engaged in direct action to protect the climate from the fossil fuel industry. In 2016 climate defenders shut off valves on the four pipelines that carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada […]

CLDC’s Guide to PIELC

Public Interest Environmental Law Conference March 1-4 2018 From Thursday, March 1st to Sunday, March 4th, The University of Oregon will once again be home of the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC). Starting in 1983, PIELC has facilitated hundreds of workshops and panels that focus on an array of topics from international environmental law […]

New Board Members

Welcoming New Board Members

Dear Members & Supporters, As the President of the CLDC Board of Directors I am proud to start the new year at CLDC with a new office space and three new Directors on our Board of Directors.  This year we are welcoming Sarah Alvarez, Cindy Cordova, and Kiran Oomen onto the Board.  All three have […]


New Year’s Resolution: Become Pen Pals with an Incarcerated Activist!

By: Jack Byrne, CLDC intern In 2018, do your part to support incarcerated activists! As we approach the end of one year and the beginning of the next, many of us are thinking about making resolutions for the new year. We have a suggestion: use this tradition of New Year’s resolutions to brighten someone else’s […]


Commit to Justice with a Monthly Gift to CLDC

“From NoKXL to the Megaloads, to Break Free, from Standing Rock to the Valve-Turners, and for everything in between; Lauren, Cooper and CLDC have had mine and my friend’s backs in Oregon, Washington, Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota. Thanks CLDC for the countless hours of work and care tirelessly providing civil rights and legal observer […]

Cathy testimonial 2017

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“The Standing Rock people’s call was clear… we need your help. Our dear friends at CLDC had been on the ground since summer and we asked to travel with them. We made an incredible journey to witness the greatest Indigenous Uprising in our lifetime. Thank you, CLDC.” -Cathy “Wey-ow’sux”  In troubled political times like these, […]

Kiran Testimonial 2017

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“CLDC prepared me before I joined the front lines, and once I got there they’ve always had my back. With their support, I can continue to push the boundaries of the system until we see concrete change.“-Kiran Oommen In troubled political times like these, Civil Liberties Defense Center is called upon to provide expert legal […]

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