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CDP at the MIT Disobedience Awards
December 13, 2018October 2, 2019
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CDP at the MIT Disobedience Awards

CDP’s Executive Director Kelsey Skaggs took part in a panel at MIT Media Lab’s Disobedience Awards, which honored leaders of the #MeToo movement and other remarkable activists. The panel also featured honoree Deborah Swackhamer, Harvard Law School Professor and former Dean Martha Minow, and climate activists Emily Johnston and Annette Klapstein. Video of the panel...

CDP Participates in Panel on Land and Water Defense
December 13, 2018January 25, 2019
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CDP Participates in Panel on Land and Water Defense

CDP’s Kelsey Skaggs participated in a panel at the National Lawyers Guild’s annual #Law4thePeople Convention along with Michelle Cook, Kendra Pinto, and Jessica Parfait. Read about the panel, which discussed tactics and specific campaigns against fossil fuel corporations, in the December 2018 issue of Water Protector Legal Collective’s newsletter (coverage starts on page 5).  

CDP’s Kelsey Skaggs Named to Forbes 30 Under 30
November 14, 2018April 16, 2019
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CDP’s Kelsey Skaggs Named to Forbes 30 Under 30

Climate Defense Project co-founder and Executive Director Kelsey Skaggs has been named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list of trailblazers and risk-takers. Recognized for her work at CDP, Kelsey joins a class of other luminaries in law and policy. Check out the honor here.

CDP in the Press: Fast Company Op Ed
November 12, 2018July 2, 2019
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CDP in the Press: Fast Company Op Ed

CDP's Alice Cherry interprets recent climate necessity outcomes in the context of the midterm elections and reaffirms the value of protest.

CDP Staff Speak About Climate Movement Lawyering to Law Students
October 29, 2018January 25, 2019
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CDP Staff Speak About Climate Movement Lawyering to Law Students

CDP staff attorneys Alice Cherry and Ted Hamilton spoke to law students at Harvard Law School’s Pro Bono week about the need for movement lawyers fighting for climate justice and their experience starting a non-profit out of law school. Alice and Ted emphasized the need to proactively use the legal system to advance activist goals...

CDP in the Press: Coverage of the Minnesota Victory
October 10, 2018January 17, 2019
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CDP in the Press: Coverage of the Minnesota Victory

Our clients’ recent victory in Minnesota has garnered significant media attention. A Democracy Now! segment features CDP’s Kelsey Skaggs with two of the valve turners and Dr. James Hansen. Click here for part two. Here is a piece in The Nation by Wen Stephenson examining the context of the trial, and an opinion piece by Bill McKibben on the...

Victory in Minnesota: Valve Turners Acquitted of All Charges
October 9, 2018October 9, 2018
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Victory in Minnesota: Valve Turners Acquitted of All Charges

Climate Defense Project October 9, 2018 Contact: Kelsey Skaggs, (510) 883-3118, info@climatedefenseproject.org The climate movement secured a major victory today after a judge dismissed all charges against the Valve Turner activists who shut down a tar sands pipeline in northern Minnesota nearly two years ago. The activists — who were represented by Lauren Regan of the Civil...

Support CDP’s Groundbreaking Climate Necessity Trial in Minnesota
September 17, 2018October 2, 2018
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Support CDP’s Groundbreaking Climate Necessity Trial in Minnesota

Three climate activists are going to trial on October 8 in Clearwater County, Minnesota for their courageous protest against the fossil fuel industry. They will have the opportunity to present one of the nation’s first climate necessity defenses — and Climate Defense Project needs your help to make this trial a success. We need to...

CDP Releases Principles of Climate Civil Resistance Summarizing Legal Basis for Resisting Fossil Fuel System
September 6, 2018September 8, 2018
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CDP Releases Principles of Climate Civil Resistance Summarizing Legal Basis for Resisting Fossil Fuel System

September 6, 2018 Berkeley, CA — In conjunction with this week’s Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice protests, Climate Defense Project has released the Principles of Climate Civil Resistance, a document summarizing the legal basis for nonviolent resistance to the fossil fuel system. The Principles list numerous legal violations committed by state and federal governments...

Principles of Climate Civil Resistance
September 6, 2018January 25, 2019
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Principles of Climate Civil Resistance

The Principles of Climate Civil Resistance is a document summarizing the legal basis for resistance to the fossil fuel system. A PDF version of the Principles is available here. CDP’s Update on the Principles can be found here. Principles of Climate Civil Resistance Civil resistance is a form of non-violent opposition to oppression, injustice, and environmental...