Defending frontline activists for 15 years and counting


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.


Know Your Rights for Climate Activists - Eugene, OR

September 26, 2019
6:00 pm — 8:00 pm

First United Methodist Church: 1376 Olive St, Eugene, OR

Please join us for a Know Your Rights training specifically geared toward people doing climate justice organizing!

Legal Observer Training - Talent, OR

October 6, 2019
4:00 pm — 5:30 pm

Talent Community Center: 104 E Main St Talent, OR

Legal observers are trained volunteers who support activists' right to protest and engage in direct action. They observe the police and report their observations to an attorney for later use. Their presence is also a possible deterrent of any unconstitutional behavior from law enforcement. A legal observer being at a protest, march, or demonstration enables people to express their views and engage in their rights with the fewest possible consequences from law enforcement.

Know Your Rights for Activists - Talent, OR

October 6, 2019
1:00 pm — 3:00 pm

Talent Community Center: 104 E Main St Talent, OR

Learn what your constitutional rights are and how they apply to protests, direct actions, and demonstrations.



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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