climate justice

October 2019

CLDC Stands with Ruby Montoya

By |2019-10-04T14:27:33-07:00October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Cases, Current Cases, Featured, News, Projects and Cases|Tags: , , , , , |

Update (10/4/2019): Our client, Ruby Montoya, was ordered released from custody by the US District Court in Arizona today. There is still a long road ahead but we are thankful that she is out of jail.

On Friday, September 27, 2019, our client Ruby Montoya was arrested by federal agents in […]

Associate Activist Defense Attorney (two positions available)

By |2019-10-02T17:48:51-07:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • Associate Activist Defense Attorney (Eugene, OR)
  • Associate Activist Defense Attorney (Remote-Climate Frontline)

We will accept applications for each position until it is filled.

Who we are:

The Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC.org) is a nonprofit organization that supports movements that seek to dismantle the political and economic structures at the root […]

September 2019

Preparing to Strike—for the Climate and for Our Futures!

By |2019-09-09T16:38:12-07:00September 9th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Featured, News|Tags: , , , , |

 

"If not you, then who? If not now, then when?"

The world’s biggest ever climate mobilisation was led by children. It’s time adults stepped up. Watch and find out why the Global #ClimateStrike this September needs everyone. globalclimatestrike.net

Posted by 350.org on Tuesday, July 23, 2019

 

As the weeklong Youth Climate Strike, this September 20-27, 2019, is catching the attention of media outlets around the world, we know that the climate justice movement needs all of us—in a spirit of solidarity, creativity, and urgency.

Young activists from every corner of the globe are coming together […]

Valve Turner Ken Ward Wins Climate Necessity Defense in Washington Supreme Court: Case Establishes Washington State Legal Precedent

By |2019-09-09T15:36:48-07:00September 5th, 2019|Categories: Cases, Current Cases, Featured, News|Tags: , , |

Today climate activists in the U.S. celebrate a crucial victory. Yesterday the Washington Supreme Court denied the State’s petition for review in environmental activist Ken Ward’s case and set a Washington State precedent recognizing the necessity defense for direct action for the sake of preventing catastrophic climate change.

“This victory upholds […]

July 2019

The CLDC SLAPPs Corporate Bullies Back

By |2019-07-30T20:15:46-07:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Articles, Cases, Info, News, Trainings|Tags: , , , , , , |

As part of CLDC’s continuous activist defense program, we  invite you to learn about Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) and how to best armor you or your organization by joining a free webinar with Lauren Regan, our Executive Director & Senior Staff Attorney, and Kristina Flores, Climate Campaigner […]

June 2019

Valve Turners Continue the Court Battles Over the Necessity Defense

By |2019-06-18T18:48:31-07:00June 17th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Cases, Current Cases, Featured, News, Projects and Cases, Protest|Tags: , , , , |

The CLDC’s work on behalf of the Valve Turners continues this summer. On April 8, 2019, the Washington Court of Appeals ruled in Ken Ward’s favor and affirmed his right to present a climate necessity defense to a jury of his peers. Soon thereafter, the State of Washington sought […]

June 11: Supporting Political Prisoners

By |2019-06-11T22:12:05-07:00June 11th, 2019|Categories: Action Tools, Articles, Former Cases, News|Tags: , , , |

Image above: Political prisoner Marius Mason

Every year for the past 15 years, we focus our attention and solidarity on long-term anarchist prisoners on June 11th. Regardless of the level of movement activity and the pendulum of public opinion, which can swing depending on the moment, we cannot forget those who […]

April 2019

Washington Court of Appeals Upholds Right to Present Necessity Defense in Climate Case

By |2019-04-09T11:58:23-07:00April 8th, 2019|Categories: Cases, Current Cases, Featured, News|Tags: , , , |

BREAKING NEWS

April 8, 2019

Today the Washington Court of Appeals reversed and remanded the conviction of climate activist Ken Ward and sent his case back to the lower court for a third trial because Ward was denied his Sixth Amendment right to present the necessity defense to a jury of his […]

November 2018

Necessity Defense May Have Another Chance in Court in Skagit County

By |2018-11-13T12:28:54-08:00November 13th, 2018|Categories: Cases, News, Projects and Cases|Tags: , , , |

Ken Ward’s Appeal Hearing

On Monday we had our appeal hearing in front of the Washington Court of Appeals on behalf of Valve Turner Ken Ward, who turned off a Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline in Skagit County two years ago. We appealed the judge’s decision to deny our client the […]

October 2018

Victory for Valve Turners in Minnesota!

By |2018-10-10T10:50:52-07:00October 9th, 2018|Categories: Current Cases, Featured, News|Tags: , , , |

We are pleased to announce a victory in our Minnesota Valve Turner case! This trial was a rollercoaster with many twists and turns, but all three defendants were acquitted of their charges this morning in court. They were acquitted, not on the necessity defense, but because the prosecution could not meet the […]

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