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Standing Rock Awakens The World

Update from Standing Rock

I wanted to share a short update from Standing Rock regarding a multitude of travesties that have occurred there this week.  Unfortunately, things are only going to be getting more intense out there—both at Standing Rock and around the country.  CLDC is about to hire a 3rd lawyer, a new organizer, and we will be […]

Grand Juries

Dealing with Grand Juries

In light of most recent events, Activists need to know how to protect themselves.  Here you will find a list of helpful materials surrounding Grand Juries.  Please contact us if there is something more that you would like to see on this page.

Grand Jury tools:

The public is entitled to limited information about any current grand jury.  To obtain that information, you need to send a public records request to the Clerk of the Court for the federal court where the grand jury is taking place.   Below please find a template for the information that is normally provided by the Courts.  This information will provide you with (1) the date the grand jury began (empaneled) so that you can determine when the grand jury period will expire (unless extended); (2) how often the grand jury is scheduled to meet; (3) whether it is a regular or special grand jury; (4) whether there are any special jury instructions the Court provided to the grand jury to use while determining whether an indictment should issue.


Dear Clerk of the Court:

I am requesting public information regarding the current empaneled federal grand jury in the [Western Washington District.]  Specifically, I would like the Court Order directing empanelment of the grand jury, the letter to prospective grand jurors, and any special jury instructions issued by the Judge.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  Time is of the essence, and thus I would appreciate this information as soon as possible.

Thank you very much for your time,

(your name here)

Know Your Rights for Activists

The Civil Liberties Defense Center was founded to be the legal tool in the activist toolkit. We have a long history of being part of many movements and campaigns as organizers, trainers and attorneys. We believe that activists deserve the best legal representation and advice possible, and that they should be represented in the Courts with as much respect to their ethics and principals as possible.

CLDC supports the work of Grassroots activists advocating for progressive and radical social change and who take necessary action to create a better world. We stand in solidarity with people who are working for something greater than themselves and offer legal support and education in the form of activist oriented trainings, presentations on current laws and government repression, as well as pro-bono legal representation or referrals to the best of our ability. We also stand in solidarity with activists who do not assist the government in harassing and imprisoning other activists. We are a small organization, and we are always working to provide updated information that can assist in the work of dedicated individuals and organizations.

Learn about your rights as an activist by checking out the educational materials below, or schedule a Know Your Rights, Grand Jury, AETA, or Green Scare/Government Repression Training NOW! We also offer trainer’s trainings to ensure that communities can continue to provide necessary information to their comrades in an accurate and updated manner.

Do you know of other tools or resources you’d like to see on this site? Do you have an interest in creating a movement resource? If relevant, we’d love to help you create and distribute it. (we’ve got lots of lawyers at the CLDC who love to edit…)

Feel free to send us your suggestions and/or additional materials for this activist toolkit.


Know Your Rights for Activist PowerPoint 

Know Your Rights (English)

Know Your Rights (Spanish)

Know Your Rights (Arabic)

Know Your Rights Teen (English)

Dealing with Grand Juries

Also, check out this great video from our friends at Green is the New Red.

Digital Security Resources

Digital Security for Activists