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Felony Charges Dismissed Against Four Necessity Valve Turners
July 24, 2020August 3, 2020
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Felony Charges Dismissed Against Four Necessity Valve Turners

A Minnesota prosecutor voluntarily dismissed felony charges against the Four Necessity Valve Turners today. The four climate activists shut down an oil pipeline in Northern Minnesota in February 2019. The prosecutor wrote that there was “insufficient evidence” to prove that the defendants intended to damage the pipeline. The activists still face trial on misdemeanor charges;...

CDP Signs Statement Condemning Federal Forces in Portland
July 17, 2020August 3, 2020
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CDP Signs Statement Condemning Federal Forces in Portland

CDP has joined over 50 civil society organizations in signing a statement that condemns the use of unlawful tactics and excessive force by unidentified federal officers in Portland, Oregon, who were deployed to quell ongoing protests for racial justice. The statement was authored by Defending Rights and Dissent and the National Coalition Against Censorship. Read...

CDP’s Ted Hamilton Speaks at Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
July 15, 2020August 3, 2020
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CDP’s Ted Hamilton Speaks at Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

CDP staff attorney Ted Hamilton delivered a talk to the Columbia University Center for Climate Change Law as part of its Summer Speaker Series. His remarks focused on CDP’s work to promote the climate necessity defense and on recent advances in climate activist legal defense across the country.