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CDP in the Press: The criminalization of environmental protest in Trump’s America
December 20, 2017April 2, 2018
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CDP in the Press: The criminalization of environmental protest in Trump’s America

CDP co-founder Kelsey Skaggs was extensively featured in a ThinkProgress article on government and corporate crackdowns on protesters; co-founder Ted Hamilton was also quoted: “This crackdown is happening because activists have been successful, and because industry realizes that protest is a threat,” Kelsey Skaggs, executive director of the Climate Defense Project, told ThinkProgress. “We’ve seen it begin,...

Law Professors File Amicus Brief in Minnesota v. Johnston et al.
December 4, 2017December 22, 2017
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Law Professors File Amicus Brief in Minnesota v. Johnston et al.

107 law professors, along with the Society of American Law Teachers, filed an amicus brief in the Minnesota v. Johnston et al. case today. The brief was submitted as part of an appeal of the trial court’s order granting the defendants permission to present the necessity defense at trial. Covering topics including the First Amendment,...

CDP in the Press: Higgins found guilty of turning off pipeline valve in Chouteau County
November 28, 2017November 28, 2017
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CDP in the Press: Higgins found guilty of turning off pipeline valve in Chouteau County

CDP’s Kelsey Skaggs was quoted in an article on the trial of climate activists Leonard Higgins in Montana: “We’re disappointed that Mr Higgins was denied the opportunity to present a full defense and explain to the jury why he took his courageous action,” said Kelsey Skaggs, Executive Director of the Climate Defense Project and member of...

Climate Defense Project Files Brief Arguing That Public Trust Doctrine Supports Climate Necessity Defense
November 20, 2017November 21, 2017
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Climate Defense Project Files Brief Arguing That Public Trust Doctrine Supports Climate Necessity Defense

Climate Defense Project Berkeley, CA November 20, 2017 On Friday, Climate Defense Project (CDP) filed a first-of-its kind brief in a Washington state climate necessity case, arguing that the government’s failure to protect the climate under the public trust doctrine justifies activists’ use of direct action. The brief argues that state and federal authorities are...

Appeal Filed in Valve Turner Case
November 13, 2017November 13, 2017
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Appeal Filed in Valve Turner Case

Valve Turner Ken Ward has filed an appeal of the denial of his climate necessity defense. Climate Defense Project is working on the appeal, as is the Civil Liberties Defense Center, which has issued the following press release: PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 9, 2017 Contact: Lauren Regan, 541.687.9180 Valve Turner Appeals Court Refusal...

CDP in the Press: Explaining the Necessity Defense
October 25, 2017January 23, 2018
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CDP in the Press: Explaining the Necessity Defense

CDP’s Alice Cherry was quoted in an Associated Press article describing the history and use of the necessity defense by climate activists and others. The article also mentions Climate Defense Project’s resources on the necessity defense. Check it out here. It was first attempted in a U.S. environmental case in 2009 when a climate change...

CDP in the Press: CDP co-founder Kelsey Skaggs Featured in KPFA Interview
October 23, 2017October 26, 2017
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CDP in the Press: CDP co-founder Kelsey Skaggs Featured in KPFA Interview

CDP Executive Director Kelsey Skaggs was featured in an interview with Christina Aanestad on KPFA, a Northern California radio station, this morning. Other individuals interviewed as part of the broadcast include Tim DeChristopher, founder of the Climate Disobedience Center, and Annette Klapstein, one of the defendants in the Shut It Down action. You can check out the full...