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CDP’s Kelsey Skaggs Named to Forbes 30 Under 30
November 14, 2018November 21, 2018
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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, 2018November 13, 2018
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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, 2018November 21, 2018
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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, 2018November 9, 2018
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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, 2018September 6, 2018
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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...

CDP Joins Protect the Protest Coalition
September 5, 2018September 5, 2018
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CDP Joins Protect the Protest Coalition

Climate Defense Project September 5, 2018 Contact: Alice Cherry, (847) 859-9572; info@climatedefenseproject.org Climate Defense Project has joined a coalition of nonprofits and legal groups called Protect the Protest. The coalition, which launched today, is dedicated to the legal defense of individuals and groups facing SLAPPs, or strategic lawsuits against public participation. SLAPPs are used by business...

Climate Activists Win in Minnesota Supreme Court, Setting Stage for Historic Climate Necessity Trial
July 17, 2018July 18, 2018
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Climate Activists Win in Minnesota Supreme Court, Setting Stage for Historic Climate Necessity Trial

Climate Defense Project July 17, 2018 Contact: Kelsey Skaggs, (510) 883-3118 ; info@climatedefenseproject.org The Minnesota Supreme Court today ordered that a groundbreaking climate protest case be allowed to proceed, setting the stage for one of the nation’s first trials involving the climate necessity defense. The case — which stems from a 2016 act of civil...