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June 2019

CLDC Files Motion Challenging Constitutionality of Free Speech Plaza Curfew

By |2020-06-22T13:40:20-07:00June 27th, 2019|Categories: Cases, Current Cases, News, Protest|Tags: , , |

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 […]

May 2019

We Support Community Defense

By |2020-06-23T13:59:00-07:00May 31st, 2019|Categories: Current Cases, News, Protest|

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 […]

April 2019

Supreme Court Decision Impacts Immigrant Community

By |2019-04-04T11:30:24-07:00April 4th, 2019|Categories: Organizing Resources, Resources|Tags: , , , |

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 […]

May 2016

CLDC: Providing legal support for Break Free

By |2017-08-18T12:57:57-07:00May 31st, 2016|Categories: Articles, Current Cases, News|Tags: , , , |

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.

April 2016

ShellNo Cases Update: Violations dismissed, fine reduced

By |2017-08-18T12:57:57-07:00April 28th, 2016|Categories: Articles, Cases, Current Cases, Info|Tags: , , , |

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.

Earth Day

By |2019-05-16T18:18:58-07:00April 18th, 2016|Categories: Articles, Info, News, Trainings|Tags: , , , |

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.

March 2016

The Necessity of the Necessity Defense

By |2017-09-11T13:23:24-07:00March 10th, 2016|Categories: Articles, Cases, Current Cases, Info, Projects and Cases|Tags: , , , |

Last May, I watched the news reports about the girl who attached herself to the anchor chain of Shell’s Arctic Challenger as it sat in the Bellingham Bay—preparing to head to the Arctic to be part of Shell’s plan to drill for oil there, and to surely cause horrific destruction to the fragile ecosystem of the Arctic and magnify the impacts of climate change, including endangering indigenous people in the area.

February 2016

Using open government laws to reveal the government’s secrets—and to inspire action

By |2019-05-16T18:18:56-07:00February 4th, 2016|Categories: Articles, News|Tags: , , |

Just within this small sampling of recent news, we can see the impact of making a public records request: from having the FBI scramble to keep information hidden to being the seed that grew into a dynamic global campaign. As cliché as it may sound, knowledge is power—whether that’s the power to expose what’s behind the curtain of government entities or the power to inspire communities to take action.

December 2015

Fighting corporate SLAPPs, from the streets to the courtroom

By |2019-05-16T18:18:34-07:00December 17th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Current Cases|Tags: , , , |

It’s been several months since a Washington State District Court granted four anti-harassment orders against me from Chris Toher, Lew Guerrette, Dave Harrison, and James McReynolds. Now we are finally approaching the culmination of the appeal of those orders, and I am represented by the Executive Director of the Civil Liberties Defense Center and the President of the Seattle Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild as we fight back against the attempt at corporate repression.

Political Prisoner Returns to U.S. after 20 Year Prison Sentence in Peru

By |2016-12-03T23:35:11-08:00December 3rd, 2015|Categories: Articles, Info|Tags: , |

Lori Berenson has spent much of the last 20 years in prison in Peru following being convicted of aiding the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement in planning an assault on the Peruvian Congress. This week marked the end of her sentence and being able to leave Peru, so she now heads home to the U.S.

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