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May 4-15, 2016: A global wave of mass actions will target the world’s most dangerous fossil fuel projects, in order to keep coal, oil and gas in the ground and accelerate the just transition to [...]

Guide to Using Corporate Logos

CLDC's guide to using corporate logos, also known as brand jamming. This guide will help navigate trademark and copyright rules.


Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation, also known as SLAPP suits, ordinarily arise out of defamation lawsuits. Defamation is a common law tort whereby one citizen can sue another citizen for damage to reputation.


In 1970, Congress enacted the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), 18 U.S.C. § 1961, ostensibly to curtail the criminal activities of the mafia. In the forty years since RICO was enacted, the application of the law has extended far beyond the activities of loansharks and the "Don," and into Constitutionally protected protest activities.

Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA)

The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) is a federal law designed by corporations for the purpose of protecting the profits they make from animal abuse and exploitation.