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 […]
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Now is more important than ever to resist Trump and his agenda of bigotry, racism, sexism, xenophobia, hate, & climate change denial. We will continue to protect the rights of front-line activists who stand up for justice and provide trainings & resources for marginalized communities. Right now we are providing legal support to the Water […]
January 14, 2017 Greetings from the frigid plains of Oceti Sakowin. I’m at camp today and while the temperature is 23 below zero, the sun is shining and the wind is biting. The first lungful of air I took in made me cough for a minute as I looked around at the much smaller camp. […]
With the incoming Trump administration, the need for people to fight for civil liberties will be greater than ever before. We will defend social and environmental justice activists as well as targeted communities such as immigrants, workers and communities of color. Help ensure CLDC can expand our crucial work by becoming a sustaining member today. […]
Today, the CLDC submitted a public comment in support of a petition to the North Dakota Supreme Court that urges the Court to temporarily allow out-of-state attorneys to defend water protectors arrested at Oceti Šakowiŋ Camp at Standing Rock, North Dakota. You should too! Follow the instructions on how to submit your public comments to […]
The civil rights complaint seeks justice against the constitutional violations perpetuated against the mostly Native American water protectors, including claims of retaliation and police brutality by law enforcement, as well suing the Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, and City of Mandan Chief of Police Jason Ziegler for maintaining policies, customs, and practices that led to […]
The strength with which our movement fought—without weapons or violence toward those weak cowards wearing badges—was the stuff of historic legend.
It is the International Day of Action in Solidarity with Standing Rock and we read that over 300 actions took place around the world.
We will defend water protectors in court and help organize court support for over 470 arrestees; we will pursue the civil rights actions we are working on against cops and jails; Jamil will ensure computers and communications are as secure as possible; and Erin will lend support to the water protectors and the youth of […]
This morning the outrageous unprecedented militarized police presence at Standing Rock has taken a turn for the worse. Hundreds of police have surrounded the front lines camp, road blockades have popped up everywhere, and water protectors are currently surrounded by militarized darth vader like cop goons.