July 2023

Oregon Recording Law Overturned: What it means

By |2023-07-17T07:04:00-07:00July 17th, 2023|Categories: Articles, Know Your Rights, News|Tags: , , , |

Every summer, CLDC is honored to host future movement attorneys as part of our law clerk program. We believe lawyers have much to contribute to movements outside of the courtroom and hope their time with CLDC as clerks prepares them for that important work. As part of our clerk […]

February 2022

New Legal Resources For Line 3 Water Protectors

By |2022-02-03T11:52:56-08:00February 3rd, 2022|Categories: Current Cases, Featured, News, Projects and Cases|Tags: , , , , , |

New Legal Resources For Line 3 Water Protectors

The Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC) and the Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC) are excited to announce a new partnership to boost legal representation capacity for Water Protectors who were arrested while defending Anishinaabe lands, the upper Mississippi watershed, and our […]

October 2021

Civil Rights Groups Submit Support Brief for Impact Investment Firm in Legal Battle with Private Prison Corporation

By |2023-05-17T10:55:03-07:00October 25th, 2021|Categories: Amicus Briefs, News|Tags: , , |

October 22, 2021

Contact: Valentina Stackl, Protect the Protest task force
(734) 276 6260

Candide Group fighting defamation suit from notorious private prison corporation CoreCivic

San Francisco, California — Today, 13 human rights and civil liberties groups submitted an amicus brief in the legal bullying SLAPP case filed […]

Drop the Charges: Resistance to State Repression of Racial Justice Uprising Continues

By |2023-10-23T16:53:09-07:00October 14th, 2021|Categories: Articles, Featured, News, Protest|Tags: , , , , , , , |

By the Drop the Charges Coalition

An unprecedented number of arrests followed the protests that erupted upon George Floyd’s murder at the hands of Minneapolis police in 2020. It’s difficult to know the exact number of people arrested during such a massive, distributed, and sustained uprising, but 14,000 is generally considered […]

September 2021

Police Tactics for Violently Repressing Mass Movements (trigger warning)

By |2021-09-30T12:21:07-07:00September 29th, 2021|Categories: Articles, Cases, Current Cases, Featured, Fundraising, News, Protest|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Heavy-handed police responses to protests in the United States (and around the world) are nothing new. While horrifically graphic videos and images of police brutality taken by everyday people are now circulated across the Internet in the blink of an eye, the institution of police departments in this country […]

ProtonMail Developments: ProtonMail provides strong message privacy, but activists need to take extra steps to ensure anonymity

By |2021-09-21T10:04:40-07:00September 20th, 2021|Categories: Articles, Featured, Info, News, Resources, Security|Tags: , , , , , |

Ever since the broadly-trusted, Switzerland-based encrypted email service ProtonMail acknowledged that it helped identify a young French climate activist, organizers have been pondering whether they should continue using ProtonMail accounts.

For the sake of solidarity, the strength of our movements, and the safety of our people, activists must never cooperate […]

August 2021

Springfield Police Engaged in Politically-Motivated Surveillance and Spying; CLDC Amends Lawsuit

By |2021-08-19T15:33:50-07:00August 19th, 2021|Categories: Cases, Current Cases, Featured, News, Protest|Tags: , , , , , , , |

August 19, 2021

Contacts: Marianne Dugan or Lauren Regan, Senior Staff Attorneys

Springfield Police Engaged in Politically-Motivated Surveillance and Spying; CLDC Amends Lawsuit

Lane County, Oregon – In light of new evidence, on August 19, 2021, the Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC) and Black Unity moved to amend their […]

July 2021

Climate Activists Celebrate Dismissal of Charges in the Midst of the Hottest Summer on Record

By |2021-07-22T14:54:01-07:00July 22nd, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

July 22, 2021


Civil Liberties Defense Center
Sarah Alvarez, Staff Attorney
(541) 687-9180 or

Portland Rising Tide

Climate Activists Celebrate Dismissal of Charges in the Midst of the Hottest Summer on Record

Vancouver, WA – As the Pacific Northwest reels from record-breaking heat and braces itself for another fire season, […]

June 2021

Expect the Unexpected: Secure Your Phone Against Confiscation or Loss

By |2021-06-23T20:31:24-07:00June 23rd, 2021|Categories: Articles, Featured, Featured Resources, News, Resources, Security|Tags: , , , , |

In an ideal world you never lose your phone or have it on you when risking arrest. Of course this isn’t always practical. Keeping your phone locked at all times is great protection, but some of your data could still be at risk if the cops get their hands on it. Here’s […]

Eugene Sunrise Movement Activists Agree to Deferred Prosecution for Non-Violent Civil Disobedience

By |2021-06-22T10:49:03-07:00June 14th, 2021|Categories: Articles, Cases, Featured, News, Protest|Tags: , , , |

Yesterday, in Eugene, OR, two Sunrise Movement activists entered into a deferred prosecution agreement stemming from acts of non-violent, civil disobedience.

On March 19, 2021, two young sisters participated in a mass demonstration against NW Natural, a fracked gas polluter. The bike march, ending at NW Natural’s facilities, was a part […]


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