first amendment

March 2020

CLDC Defends Against Further Censorship of Public Spaces

By |2020-03-09T17:07:54-07:00March 9th, 2020|Categories: Cases, Current Cases, Featured, News, Protest|Tags: , , , |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 9, 2020
Contact: Lauren Regan
(541) 687-9180

Eugene, OR — Last week CLDC attorneys filed a motion in the Lane County Circuit Court on
behalf of our client, Eric T. Jackson, to dismiss his charges of Criminal Trespass in the Second
Degree.

At the time of his arrest, Mr. Jackson was engaged in […]

February 2020

Recap: SLAPPed for Speaking About Palestine Webinar

By |2020-02-24T16:28:19-08:00February 24th, 2020|Categories: Featured, News, Protest, Trainings|Tags: , , , , |

Strategic lawsuits against public participation (or SLAPPs) are a tactic used to intimidate activists, journalists, and grassroots organizations that speak out against wrongdoing. Recent years have seen a spike in the use of SLAPPs and related intimidation tactics in the ongoing attempt by powerful interests in the US to stop […]

December 2019

John Oliver on SLAPP Suits

By |2019-12-16T19:03:26-08:00December 16th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Featured, News|Tags: , |

On November 10th, John Oliver devoted the bulk of his brilliant show, Last Week Tonight, to explaining SLAPP suits (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation). As a member of the national Protect the Protest coalition, CLDC could not be happier to see this important topic discussed in both an accessible […]

June 2019

CLDC Files Motion Challenging Constitutionality of Free Speech Plaza Curfew

By |2019-06-27T16:39:45-07:00June 27th, 2019|Categories: Cases, Current Cases, News, Protest|Tags: , , |

Above: 2013 Monsanto protest in Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza

“The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to
protect its free expression should be our first object.”

– Thomas Jefferson

(inscribed at Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza)

Last Friday the Civil Liberties Defense Center filed a motion challenging […]

January 2019

“Weed Nazi” Denied Access to Anonymous Antifascist Website

By |2019-05-16T18:19:18-07:00January 28th, 2019|Categories: Current Cases, News|Tags: , , , |

Update January 28th, 2019

“Weed Nazi” voluntarily dismisses lawsuit against anonymous antifascists.

Bethany Sherman voluntarily dismissed her frivolous lawsuit against anonymous antifascists that exposed her and her boyfriend’s ties to neo-Nazi/white-supremacism. The dismissal is “without prejudice,” meaning that Sherman could try to sue again. The San Francisco Superior Court entered the dismissal […]

April 2018

Chilling of Protestor Freedom in Iowa

By |2019-05-16T18:18:32-07:00April 19th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

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.

July 2017

CLDC victory for wildlife activists

By |2019-05-16T18:18:59-07:00July 25th, 2017|Categories: Cases, Former Cases, News|Tags: , , , |

Appeals court backs wildlife activist in free speech case

By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press

A federal appeals court on Monday ruled in favor of a wildlife activist who said his free speech rights were violated when a sheriff’s deputy barred […]

December 2015

Fighting corporate SLAPPs, from the streets to the courtroom

By |2019-05-16T18:18:34-07:00December 17th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Current Cases|Tags: , , , |

It’s been several months since a Washington State District Court granted four anti-harassment orders against me from Chris Toher, Lew Guerrette, Dave Harrison, and James McReynolds. Now we are finally approaching the culmination of the appeal of those orders, and I am represented by the Executive Director of the Civil Liberties Defense Center and the President of the Seattle Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild as we fight back against the attempt at corporate repression.

November 2015

October 2015

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