RSVP to join us on Thursday, April 2nd at 3 p.m. PST/6 p.m. EST for a webinar panel on strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPP suits).
RSVP to join us on Friday, December 6 at 11 am PT/2 pm ET for a webinar on strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPP suits), how they are being used to censor those who advocate for Palestinian rights, and how these activists are reclaiming their rights to protest and free […]
As the weeklong Youth Climate Strike, this September 20-27, 2019, is catching the attention of media outlets around the world, we know that the climate justice movement needs all of us—in a spirit of solidarity, creativity, and urgency.
Young activists from every corner of the globe are coming together […]
Valve Turner Ken Ward Wins Climate Necessity Defense in Washington Supreme Court: Case Establishes Washington State Legal Precedent
Today climate activists in the U.S. celebrate a crucial victory. Yesterday the Washington Supreme Court denied the State’s petition for review in environmental activist Ken Ward’s case and set a Washington State precedent recognizing the necessity defense for direct action for the sake of preventing catastrophic climate change.
“This victory upholds […]
Above: 2013 Monsanto protest in Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza
“The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to
protect its free expression should be our first object.”
– Thomas Jefferson
(inscribed at Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza)
Last Friday the Civil Liberties Defense Center filed a motion challenging […]
The Civil Liberties Defense Center is representing an antifascist who was charged with disorderly conduct in the second degree in Springfield Municipal Court. This week they pled not guilty to this charge, which stemmed from a May 5, 2019 “flag wave” event hosted by Patriot Prayer on the on […]
By: CLDC Staff
Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld yet another draconian interpretation of federal immigration law. In the case, Nielsen v. Preap, the question before the court was whether 8 U.S.C. § 1226(c) requires the Department of Homeland Security to take certain immigrants into custody immediately after the release […]
Please support CLDC in coordinating legal support for those arrested at Break Free, as well as our continued work to have the backs of those who are fighting back against the corporations that are fueling climate change.
The Civil Liberties Defense Center represented four ShellNo protesters who were charged with civil penalty violations before U.S. Coast Guard Hearing Officers in military tribunals instead of civilian courts. We are happy to report good news about two of those cases so far.
This Friday, April 22nd, is the 46th year that Earth Day has been celebrated in the U.S. Although Earth Day has its roots in government policy, we should take it as a reminder of the importance of protecting the earth from the actions of the government and corporations. In the decades since the naming of Earth Day, we’ve seen how the corporate State will bulldoze forests, pollute the air and water, exploit billions of animals, tear apart the land, poison and kill people, and effectively rush us all towards the devastating global impacts of climate change—all in the name of power and profit.