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Law Professor Amicus Brief Filed in Spokane Case
January 14, 2020January 14, 2020
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Law Professor Amicus Brief Filed in Spokane Case

On behalf of 122 law professors, CDP filed today a friend-of-court brief in support of George Taylor, a reverend and member of Veterans for Peace who was involved in a protest against the transport of crude oil by trains in downtown Spokane, WA. Mr. Taylor is appealing the reversal of a trial court ruling granting his...

Ken Ward Trial #3
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Ken Ward Trial #3

Please support Ken Ward as he stands trial in Washington for a third time -- and presents a full climate necessity defense.

Appeal Underway in Montana Valve Turner Case
December 18, 2019December 18, 2019
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Appeal Underway in Montana Valve Turner Case

Fort Benton, MT — Leonard Higgins and his attorneys are appealing his conviction for a protest that shut down the flow of Canadian tar sands oil into the United States. The appeal focuses on the court’s denial of Mr. Higgins’ right to present a complete defense. Prior to trial, in a violation of Mr. Higgins’ constitutional...

CDP in the Press: Washington Supreme Court Establishes ‘Very Important Precedent’ for Climate Necessity Defense
September 10, 2019October 2, 2019
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CDP in the Press: Washington Supreme Court Establishes ‘Very Important Precedent’ for Climate Necessity Defense

Common Dreams has a story on our major win at the Washington Supreme Court, where we helped Valve Turner Ken Ward establish a crucial precedent for the climate necessity defense. Read our press release on the decision. CDP co-founder and staff attorney Alice Cherry was quoted in the Common Dreams piece: Alice Cherry of the Climate Defense...

Victory for Climate Necessity Defense Upheld at Washington Supreme Court
September 5, 2019September 5, 2019
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Victory for Climate Necessity Defense Upheld at Washington Supreme Court

The Washington Supreme Court has declined to review a ruling by the state’s Court of Appeals upholding the right of CDP client Ken Ward to present a necessity defense at trial. The Court of Appeals ruling, issued in April of this year, had overturned a previous decision by the trial court to bar all evidence...

CDP in the Press: Environmental Defenders Silenced Around the World
August 2, 2019August 2, 2019
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CDP in the Press: Environmental Defenders Silenced Around the World

CDP’s Kelsey Skaggs is quoted in a Civil Eats article on the alarming rise in deadly attacks against environmental defenders across the world: Climate change activists have been labeled as terrorists, said lawyer Kelsey Skaggs with the Climate Defense Project. She pointed to how the company behind the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners used the term “eco-terrorists”—which was...

Guest Post: Labor and Climate Activism
July 23, 2019July 30, 2019
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Guest Post: Labor and Climate Activism

Author Joey Cherney is a 2019 Summer Law Clerk for CDP. He was a union organizer from 2014-2017 with Service Employees International Union. He was also a research assistant for the Clean Slate Project at the Harvard Labor and Worklife Program, a two-year initiative to reimagine labor law and strengthen worker rights. As movements for...

Straubel Foundation on CDP and “Necessity” Film
May 6, 2019May 10, 2019
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Straubel Foundation on CDP and “Necessity” Film

The Straubel Foundation recently posted a short article about CDP’s work and the upcoming documentary film Necessity: Oil, Water, and Climate Resistance. Climate Defense Project Executive Director Kelsey Skaggs is one of the foundation’s fellows this year. You can follow the film on Facebook or sign up for updates on the Necessity website.