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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.

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Capitalism and the Constitution

October 1, 2020
3:00 p.m. PDT — 5:00 p.m. PDT

Webinar--information provided upon registration

Join CLDC staff members Cooper Brinson and Rebecca Chapman to learn about how the creation and interpretation of our constitution is inherently capitalist.

Standing Rock Civil Rights Lawsuits Moving Forward After North Dakota Federal Court Rejects Defendants’ Dismissal Request

In June, CLDC gave you an update on the various civil rights cases that we and others have filed against the various local governments (and their employees) that violated Water Protectors' civil rights during the [...]

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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.

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