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The CLDC uses education to proactively challenge attacks on our civil liberties and rights.
Armed with knowledge, activists are able to make informed choices and, thus, better protect their rights.
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The CLDC uses education to proactively challenge attacks on our civil liberties and rights. Armed with knowledge, activists are able to make informed choices regarding their interactions with government agents or counter-protestors and, thus, better protect their rights. Sign up for our newsletter to stay informed of pertinent timely threats to your liberties!
Know Your Rights

Our Know Your Rights (KYR) training is our most regular and widely held educational event. Each workshop is tailored to the needs of the particular group of participants.

Learn what your constitutional rights are and how they apply to protest, direct action and demonstration. Learn the “magic words” to say while interacting with law enforcement as an activist, in order to keep you and your friends safe. We will walk you through the legal system and what to expect if you are arrested. Finally this training focuses on ways the government and law enforcement try to suppress our movements, and how you can stay resilient to repression.

Learn what your constitutional rights are when you are in the United States. Learn how to invoke and assert those rights, and what specific words and phrases you can use to keep yourself safe when talking to the police or ICE. Learn the difference between police and ICE and what each group can and cannot do. This training discusses ICE and their powers and limitations, and what you can do to keep yourself safe from them as an undocumented person. We also have a training for “immigrants and allies”, which is similar, but shines a stronger light on what allies can do to support and protect their undocumented neighbors.

Learn your constitutional rights as a youth, how to interact with police to keep yourself safe. Empower yourself to know your rights from as early of an age as possible! Can be tailored to any demographic of youth.

When working with forest activists, we include updated information regarding recent laws and prosecutions related to that movement. With immigration reform groups, we focus on the rights of non-documented people and their families. When working with LGBTQ groups, we focus on issues specific to their needs. Due to an increase in the criminalization of youth, CLDC has developed trainings specifically geared toward juveniles in an attempt to curb the abuses taking place between police and youth.

All of our KYR trainings have an accompanying PowerPoint presentation we provide to participants who want it to share the information with their community. We allow our organizational hosts to also record the trainings so they can share the information with community members unable to attend.

Interested in us giving a training? Make a request here.

Here is a recording of one of our Know Your Rights videos:

      In depth legal research and resources about specific topics significant to grassroots movement organizing and frontline activists.

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      Visit our Digital Security Program page to learn what you need to know to keep you and your community safe.

      Activist groups today are equipped with widespread and affordable digital cameras, satellite navigation, and instantaneous global communications and social networking. These technologies provide significant organizing advantages. At the same time, State and corporate opponents will turn these complex tools against activists, enabling systematic surveillance and sophisticated infiltration and disruption.

      CLDC is committed to educating our activist communities on the tools that can be used with confidence by dissident organizers to resist surveillance and remain free to take action.

      Visit our Digital Security Program page to learn more.

      Our Know Your Rights (KYR) training is our most regular and widely held educational event. Each workshop is tailored to the needs of the particular group of participants.

      All of our KYR trainings have an accompanying PowerPoint presentation we provide to participants who want it to share the information with their community. We allow our organizational hosts to also record the trainings so they can share the information with community members unable to attend.

      CLDC workshops include trainers’ trainings, specifically geared toward enabling participants to bring complex legal information back to their communities effectively and accurately with the knowledge that they have our support and resources readied at their side. In addition, we prioritize mentoring future lawyers and legal workers, and by offering trainers trainings, we are ensuring that we duplicate our efforts and spread this knowledge faster and wider than we could ever do on our own.

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