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New Law Review Article on Climate Necessity Defense
February 12, 2019February 12, 2019
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New Law Review Article on Climate Necessity Defense

CDP staff attorney Ted Hamilton and Stetson University College of Law professor Lance N. Long have published the first law review article on the climate necessity defense: The Climate Necessity Defense: Proof and Judicial Error in Climate Protest Cases. The article (which you can download directly by visiting the link) reviews the history of the...

Upcoming Film Features Climate Defense Project
January 25, 2019January 25, 2019
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Upcoming Film Features Climate Defense Project

CDP co-founders Kelsey Skaggs and Alice Cherry are featured in the upcoming film Necessity: Oil, Water, and Climate Resistance.  Directed by Jan Haaken and Samantha Praus, this feature-length documentary tells the story of climate activists and attorneys as they work to resist pipelines carrying tar sands oil—the most polluting fuel on the planet—from Canada into the United...

CDP’s Kelsey Skaggs Named to Forbes 30 Under 30
November 14, 2018January 25, 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, 2018January 25, 2019
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CDP in the Press: Fast Company Op Ed

CDP's Alice Cherry interprets recent outcomes in climate necessity cases 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...