If you troll the internet these days, you might think that SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) and RICO (racketeering) cases may seem to be growing in regularity against environmental activists. In reality, if you compare the tiny number of SLAPP suits actually filed to the […]
Adopted June 1, 2017
Civil Liberties Defense Center Anti-Racist Statement
The Civil Liberties Defense Center affirms its commitment to recognizing, addressing, and eradicating all forms of racism and ethnic oppression. We focus on engaging and collaborating in organizing, educating, and providing legal support that challenges oppressive and unjust forces. We […]
Today Senior United States District Judge Sam R. Cummings, with the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas, roundly dismissed the frivolous Rackateering lawsuit brought by Texas climate denier Leonid Goldstein against leading environmental organizations, foundations, and activists for their climate activism and advocacy. The lawsuit, brought as […]
I wanted to share a short update from Standing Rock regarding a multitude of travesties that have occurred there this week. Unfortunately, things are only going to be getting more intense out there—both at Standing Rock and around the country. CLDC is about to hire a 3rd lawyer, […]
Mount Vernon, WA — In a victory for the climate movement, a jury was unable to reach a verdict in the trial of Ken Ward, a climate activist from Corbett, Oregon, who had been charged with sabotage and burglary after an October 2016 protest in which he and four other […]
With the incoming Trump administration, the need for people to fight for civil liberties will be greater than ever before.
We will defend social and environmental justice activists as well as targeted communities such as immigrants, workers and communities of color. Help ensure CLDC can expand our crucial work by becoming […]
The civil rights complaint seeks justice against the constitutional violations perpetuated against the mostly Native American water protectors, including claims of retaliation and police brutality by law enforcement, as well suing the Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, and City of Mandan Chief of Police Jason Ziegler for maintaining policies, customs, and practices that led to grave violations of Plaintiffs’ rights secured by the U.S. Constitution.
The strength with which our movement fought—without weapons or violence toward those weak cowards wearing badges—was the stuff of historic legend.