Standing Rock

October 2019

CLDC Stands with Ruby Montoya

By |2019-10-04T14:27:33-07:00October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Cases, Current Cases, Featured, News, Projects and Cases|Tags: , , , , , |

Update (10/4/2019): Our client, Ruby Montoya, was ordered released from custody by the US District Court in Arizona today. There is still a long road ahead but we are thankful that she is out of jail.

On Friday, September 27, 2019, our client Ruby Montoya was arrested by federal agents in […]

July 2019

The CLDC SLAPPs Corporate Bullies Back

By |2019-07-30T20:15:46-07:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Articles, Cases, Info, News, Trainings|Tags: , , , , , , |

As part of CLDC’s continuous activist defense program, we  invite you to learn about Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) and how to best armor you or your organization by joining a free webinar with Lauren Regan, our Executive Director & Senior Staff Attorney, and Kristina Flores, Climate Campaigner […]

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.

December 2017

Commit to Justice with a Monthly Gift to CLDC

By |2018-01-24T13:07:50-08:00December 23rd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

“The Standing Rock people’s call was clear… we need your help. Our dear friends at CLDC had been on the ground since summer and we asked to travel with them. We made an incredible journey to witness the greatest Indigenous Uprising in our lifetime. Thank you, CLDC.” -Cathy “Wey-ow’sux” 

In troubled […]

2017 Year in Review

By |2018-06-15T12:45:11-07:00December 14th, 2017|Categories: Featured, Fundraising, News|Tags: , , , , , |

In troubled political times like these, Civil Liberties Defense Center is called upon to provide expert legal support to a wide variety of social and environmental movements with unprecedented frequency. We are proud and honored to have defended over 150 climate defenders nationwide this year, including those in Skagit County, […]

February 2017

Update from Standing Rock

By |2017-08-28T17:06:18-07:00February 10th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Info|Tags: , , , , , , |

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, […]

Pipeline Protester Trial Ends With Hung Jury In Victory For Climate Movement

By |2017-09-11T13:22:41-07:00February 1st, 2017|Categories: Current Cases, News, Projects and Cases|Tags: , , , , , |

Mount Vernon, WA — In a victory for the climate movement, a jury was unable to reach a verdict in the trial of Ken Ward, a climate activist from Corbett, Oregon, who had been charged with sabotage and burglary after an October 2016 protest in which he and four other […]

January 2017

December 2016

Petition to Allow Out-of-State Attorneys to Represent Water Protectors

By |2019-05-16T18:18:58-07:00December 22nd, 2016|Categories: About, Current Cases, Projects and Cases|Tags: , , , , |

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 Sakowin Camp at Standing Rock, North Dakota. You should too! Follow the instructions on how […]

November 2016

Water Protectors file class action suit for retaliation and excessive force against brutal police

By |2019-05-16T18:18:58-07:00November 28th, 2016|Categories: Articles, Cases, Current Cases, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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 grave violations of Plaintiffs’ rights secured by the U.S. Constitution.

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