This week CLDC is providing legal support to some of the most active frontline climate defense camps in the country as part of our nationwide tour to empower and embolden activists with legal knowledge.
On this historic day of International Solidarity with the Worker, we honor the long struggle against capitalism for human dignity. Please enjoy this video by CLDC intern Dylan Stirewalt of worldwide May Day protests and actions, and remember to visit our Know Your Rights page before you hit the streets!
Looking forward to this May Day, we should remember that democracy is not the political expression and organization of capital—rather, it is capital that organizes us under the appearance of democracy—eventually overturning any democratic practices in favor of those with the most capital.
SF 2235, An Act Relating to Criminal Acts Committed On or Against Critical Infrastructure and Providing Penalties: A chilling of protestor freedom in Iowa. This bill has passed both houses of the Iowa Legislature and is pending Gubernatorial approval. The original version of the bill passed the Senate and was sent to the House, where it was expanded and reintroduced for Senate approval. The Senate ultimately voted to pass the bill 35-13.
On Monday night I laid awake all night long in an uncomfortable hotel bed waiting for my alarm to go off at 6am. I was obsessively ruminating on the sentencing presentation I would give to the Chouteau County District Court in Fort Benton, MT on Tuesday morning on behalf of Valve Turner Leonard Higgins.
March 20, 2018– Statement of Lauren Regan, Civil Liberties Defense Center Attorney for Higgins.
On behalf of our client Leonard Higgins, we want to begin by thanking your honor, court staff, and the district attorney for their time and professionalism with regard to this case. It is not very often that […]
A Menu of CLDC Trainings
By: Emma Stahl, CLDC Intern
Since 2003, our slogan has been “assert your rights- we’ve got your back.” It seems like a simple statement, however when we dive deeper into what being an activist means, we realize how nuanced this statement is.
To assert one’s rights, […]
“From NoKXL to the Megaloads, to Break Free, from Standing Rock to the Valve-Turners, and for everything in between; Lauren, Cooper and CLDC have had mine and my friend’s backs in Oregon, Washington, Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota. Thanks CLDC for the countless hours of work and care tirelessly providing […]
“The Standing Rock people’s call was clear… we need your help. Our dear friends at CLDC had been on the ground since summer and we asked to travel with them. We made an incredible journey to witness the greatest Indigenous Uprising in our lifetime. Thank you, CLDC.” -Cathy “Wey-ow’sux”
In troubled […]
Sophia Wilansky was just 21 years old when she gathered with other Water Protectors on the Backwater bridge north of the Standing Rock encampment in North Dakota. She had come to the Oceti Sakowin camp in solidarity with the indigenous led movement to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from destroying […]