Advisory Board

John Bellamy Foster

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Acasia BerryAcacia Berry 

Acasia Berry has worked to defend the earth and in the non-profit sector for over 30 years in a variety of capacities from front line civil disobedience to organizational support with fundraising and administration. As an unsuccessful defendant in one of the few successful Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation she is personally very aware of the need for strong defense of civil liberties for those speaking for the earth and putting their bodies on the line. She joined the Advisory Board of CLDC to help ensure we have the funds to defend those brave enough to stand up and be heard.

Cora BorradaileCora Borradaile

Glencora is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Oregon State University.  She would like on-line communication to be private and secure by default and believes in teaching activists and computer scientists alike how to ensure privacy on-line and why it is important.




 scott crow

scott crowscott crow is an international speaker, author and storyteller. For three decades he has engaged his varied life as a political organizer and educator, coop business founder and co-owner, filmmaker, and musician who is a proponent of the ideas and practices of anarchy.
  He is the author of the critically acclaimed book Black Flags and Windmills: Hope, Anarchy and the Common Ground Collective, and Emergency Hearts, Molotov Dreams: A scott crow Reader.  He contributed to the seminal books Grabbing Back: Essays Against the Global Land Grab, Witness To Betrayal, Black Bloc Papers and What Lies Beneath: Katrina, Race, and the State of the Nation.  He has appeared frequently in international media as subject and commentator including the New York Times, Democracy Now, CNN, NPR, RT News, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, Der Spiegel and Vice as well as in the political documentaries and Informant, Better this World, One Nation Under the Gun, and Welcome to New Orleans. He was the co-producer of the documentary film Angola 3: Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation. For over a decade scott was targeted for surveillance by the FBI as an alleged domestic terrorist threat for political activities without charges being brought.  The New York Times characterized him as “anarchist, veteran organizer and an aficionado of civil disobedience”,  the FBI noted in a memo “…crow is a puppet master involved in direct action. “ and NPR’s This American Life called him “a living legend among anarchists”none of which he believes. He can be found at

Marianne Dugan 

DuganMarianne graduated from the University of Oregon Law School in 1993, with certificates in Environmental Law and Ocean and Coastal Law.  She also holds a master’s degree in environmental studies. From 1993 to 1999 Ms. Dugan worked for the Western Environmental Law Center as its first staff attorney and then as associate director.  She then was a partner with the law firm of Facaros and Dugan, before going into solo practice in May 2005. Ms. Dugan is the chair of the Sierra Club’s national litigation committee, and serves on the Oregon State Bar Civil Rights Executive Committee.  She also serves on the boards of Access the Law, Friends of Land-Air-Water, Western Lands Project, and Portia Project.  She served on the Board of the Civil Liberties Defense Center from 2004 until 2013, including service as President and as Secretary at various times.  For three years running Ms. Dugan was listed in the Oregon edition of “Superlawyers” in the field of environmental law, and she coaches the University of Oregon’s environmental moot court team at the annual national competition.

Michele CharreteMichele Gretes

Organizing with Rising Tide and others in the Pacific Northwest, Michele also works to develop good digital security culture and resilient social networks among liberation movements. They escaped the lab with a PhD and post-doc in molecular biology and tropical medicine.




Trip Jennings

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KruseDan Kruse

Dan is an attorney in Eugene, Oregon and a partner in the law firm of O’Brien, Kruse, and Saint Marie, LLC.  He specializes in complex criminal defense cases and civil environmental litigation.  Dan was on the CLDC board of directors from 2005 to 2013, and has continued to volunteer for CLDC as both an attorney and a general supporter.  He is married, has two exhausting children, and enjoys outdoor adventures, music, and trying to play soccer.



Lafer Gordon Lafer 

Gordon is an Associate Professor at the University of Oregon’s Labor Education and Research Center, and a Research Associate with the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC.  He has spent the past twenty-five years doing a combination of labor organizing, public policy and economic research work.  He has worked with a wide range of unions including farm workers, hotel workers, bus drivers, teachers, nurses, longshore, supermarket and construction workers.  Lafer holds a PhD in Political Science and is co-founder of the American Political Science Association’s Labor Project.  In 2009-10 he was on leave from the University to serve as Senior Policy Advisor for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Education and Labor.

Kim Marks

Kim has her BS in Forest Ecology from The Evergreen State College. She has spent twenty years working in the environmental non-profit sector, alongside groups such as Earth First!, Rising Tide, Cascadia Forest Alliance, and more. Ms. Marks specializes in providing trainings in leadership development, burn-out avoidance, strategic avoidance, strategic planning, consensus, facilitation, project management, and capacity-building skills. She is a former board member of IMPACT Personal Safety, ASJE, NFPA, & Bark. Kim works with indigenous and frontline communities in the United States, Canada, and South America on climate justice issues, fighting the root causes of climate change, and is currently working for GreenPeace as an organizer on the coal export campaign. Kim lives in Portland, Oregon.

McGowanDaniel McGowan 

Daniel is a prison abolitionist and works on issues around mass incarceration and political prisoners. He was indicted under the “Operation Backfire” ELF case in 2005 and spent six years in federal prison. For much of that time, Daniel was housed in experimental “Communication Management Units”. In response, he and others sued the Department of Justice in Aref v. Holder. Daniel was also the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary film If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front. Currently, he works at a nonprofit organization that focuses on New York State prisons and is enjoying life back in his hometown with friends and family. He is a member of the National Lawyers Guild Political Prisoner Committee and  Advisory Board of the NLG Parole Preparation Project.

 Jeff Ordower

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Jonathan Paul

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PotterWill Potter

Will is an award-winning investigative journalist and author based in Washington, D.C. He specializes in the animal rights and environmental movements, and civil liberties post-9/11. His work has been featured in the world’s top media outlets, including the Washington Post, National Geographic, and Rolling Stone. He has testified before the U.S. Congress as the only witness opposing the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, and his book, Green Is The New Red, was awarded a Kirkus Star for “remarkable merit.” This year he was selected as a TED Senior Fellow, and also awarded a prestigious Knight-Wallace Fellowship in investigative reporting.

 Nadia K. Raza 

RazaNadia is an educator, community organizer, and dreamer. She is a doctoral candidate in the Critical Sociocultural Studies Program in the College of Education at the University of Oregon where her research examines the democracy, social welfare, and social justice education. Additionally, Nadia is a Wayne Morse Graduate Research Fellow for 2017.  For the past 13 years, Nadia has taught sociology and ethic studies courses at Lane Community College, The University or Oregon, and Humboldt State University. Her teaching areas encompasses, critical race studies, immigration, alternatives to incarceration, and social movements. She serves on the Board of the Aprovecho and is a co-founder of the DisOrient Asian American Film Festival. In addition to her aforementioned service Nadia is the founder of a letter writing project to people incarcerated called “Solidarity Can’t Bear Silence.” Whether in the classroom, in a meeting, or writing letters, Nadia is committed to creating imaginative spaces to build a better world.


 Tony Silvaggio

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