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 Left: Activists with Portland Rising Tide and Mosquito Fleet prevent the bulk carrier Patagonia from docking at the Port of Vancouver, WA.
Photography by Alex Milan Tracy.

Activist Defense

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.

Civil Cases

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.


Resisting Grand Juries: What You Need to Know

July 16, 2020
3:00 p.m. PST — 5:00 p.m. PST

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A tactic of State repression, grand juries have been used throughout US history to attack those with unpopular political views.

Join CLDC lawyers to learn more about how you can resist them.


Radical Roots of Mutual Aid

July 23, 2020
3:00 p.m. PST — 5:00 p.m. PST

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The term “mutual aid” has been popularized recently, but it is not a synonym for charity.

Join us for an interactive conversation about what mutual aid looks like in practice, featuring:

Malik Rahim, founder, New Orleans Black Panther Party, and co-founder, Common Ground Collective 

Cindy Milstein, anarchist organizer, author, and educator

Cat Terrill, organizer, Tacoma Food not Bombs


SLAPP Suits for Activists: What You Need to Know

July 30, 2020
3:00 p.m. PST — 5:00 p.m. PST

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Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP) suits attempt to chill dissent by targeting outspoken activists.

Join CLDC and the Protect the Protest Coalition to learn more about SLAPPs and how to fight them!

Judge-appointed Private Prosecutor Has Deep Ties to Chevron; Retaliatory Lawsuit Against Attorney Steven Donziger Must Be Dismissed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 30, 2020 Contact: Lauren Regan (541) 687-9180 or lregan@cldc.org Eugene, OR – Attorneys for human rights attorney Steven Donziger have asked the U.S. Court of Appeals to weigh in on the [...]




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.

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