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July 2019

FOIA Requests: An Important Tool for Activists

By |2019-07-03T16:09:16-07:00July 8th, 2019|Categories: Action Tools, Articles, Know Your Rights, News, Organizing Resources, Resources|Tags: , , , , |

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C. § 552) requires agencies of the U.S. government to disclose documents and information to any person who requests such documents or information. The website states: “The basic function of the Freedom of Information Act is to ensure informed citizens, vital to […]

April 2016

Earth Day

By |2022-10-27T13:12:53-07:00April 18th, 2016|Categories: Articles, Info, News, Trainings|Tags: , , , |

This Friday, April 22nd, is the 46th year that Earth Day has been celebrated in the U.S. Although Earth Day has its roots in government policy, we should take it as a reminder of the importance of protecting the earth from the actions of the government and corporations. In the decades since the naming of Earth Day, we’ve seen how the corporate State will bulldoze forests, pollute the air and water, exploit billions of animals, tear apart the land, poison and kill people, and effectively rush us all towards the devastating global impacts of climate change—all in the name of power and profit.

February 2016

Using open government laws to reveal the government’s secrets—and to inspire action

By |2019-05-16T18:18:56-07:00February 4th, 2016|Categories: Articles, News|Tags: , , |

Just within this small sampling of recent news, we can see the impact of making a public records request: from having the FBI scramble to keep information hidden to being the seed that grew into a dynamic global campaign. As cliché as it may sound, knowledge is power—whether that’s the power to expose what’s behind the curtain of government entities or the power to inspire communities to take action.

March 2015

Death in Custody Reporting Act

By |2015-03-31T09:31:08-07:00March 31st, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Amid the seemingly never-ending news of police shootings and killings of unarmed civilians, there is a rising public demand for more police accountability. To placate this growing demand, a few months ago, Congress passed a new version of the Death in Custody Reporting Act, 42 U.S.C. 13727. This law, which is a revised version of a law that has been on the books for over a decade, requires state and federal law enforcement agencies to report how many people are killed by their police officers.

February 2015

April 2014

June 2012

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

By |2018-06-18T12:16:02-07:00June 22nd, 2012|Categories: Articles, Know Your Rights, Organizing Resources, Resources|Tags: , , , |

The CLDC is encouraging activists and organizations to utilize the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act to request documents and materials that the FBI may have accumulated about you or the group you are active in. Not only will this information assist activist communities in learning about and preventing unlawful government spying, but it will also shed light on the extent of surveillance that has been undertaken in your community. Shine a light on FBI activities by exercising your lawful right to these documents and information.


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