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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.


Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for Activists

October 29, 2020
3:00 p.m. PT — 5:00 p.m. PT

Webinar--information provided upon registration

Learn how to use FOIA to better understand the inner workings of the U.S. government.

CLDC staff will provide tips to help you navigate the FOIA process and increase your likelihood of getting the information you’re looking for.


Election Debrief: The Road Ahead

November 5, 2020
3:00 p.m. PT — 5:00 p.m. PT

Webinar--information provided upon registration

As the 2020 election's dust settles, join us as we assess how the events of the next few days, months, and years will affect our rights and abilities to assert them.

Houseless Know Your Rights Training presented by CLDC with Remain Reclaim Rebuild

November 14, 2020
2:00 p.m. PT — 4:00 p.m. PT


Join CLDC's Cooper Brinson for a Know Your Rights training for the houseless community covers diverse topics that specifically affect people living outside. Topics include and are not limited to sweeps, information about law enforcement and laws that affect camping, panhandling, vehicles, exclusion zones and sidewalk use.

Visit www.rrrpdx.org to register and receive the Zoom link for the event. Limited space for 10 participants will be available at the Social Justice Action Center (Portland) for those who don’t have access to computer technology to participate in a Zoom meeting. Please email reclaimremainrebuild@gmail.com to let us know who will be attending in person. Food and bus tickets will be provided.




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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