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 a sustaining member today.


Police using Water Cannons on Water Protectors

We are standing up for the Water Protectors in North Dakota by working with the Water Protectors Legal Collective to coordinate legal support for over 500 protectors who have been arrested. We have taken lead in a federal class action civil rights lawsuit on behalf of water protectors who were injured & tortured by police misconduct on Nov. 20th, 2016. Additional civil rights cases will be filed with our help in 2017.

We are defending the 10 “Shut It Down” activists who on October 11th shut down all the pipelines bringing Canadian tar sands across the US. These climate warriors recognize the climate emergency we are facing and will be using the necessity defense to justify this action in court.

Break Free Activists in Anacortes

We are also representing the 52 Break Free activists who took action in May to stop oil trains in Anacortes; the forest activists in California who were protecting the Klamath National forest and many other activists across the country.

Representing activists in only a part of what we do we also provide trainings to thousands of people every year to make the law more accessible to everyone. These trainings include know your rights, legal observing, police misconduct & racial profiling, privacy & security practices, and many other topics. This year we have trained over 5,000 people. Now with an openly racist/misogynist/climate denier as president it will be even more important to provide these trainings to threatened communities.

We will stand in solidarity for these communities and provide them with legal support, but we need your help to do that. Our legal work on behalf of frontline communities often continues for a year or more after the protests have ended.

The best way to invest in our work is to become a Sustaining Member, so that we have continued support throughout the year after the headlines subside.

A monthly donation of $5, $10, $25, $50 or another amount will be crucial in supporting our work.

Now is a time when our work is needed more than ever and you can help us to expand it. Help us reach our goal of $2,000 new monthly donors by the end of the year!

Chip in $5 or more a month to help grow our work!

Thank you for all your support in 2016!
In Solidarity,
Lauren Regan
Executive Director


The Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC) is a non-governmental 501c3 nonprofit, supported by individual and community contributions, donations to the CLDC are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Our tax ID number is 58-2670951.