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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...

CDP Co-founders Alice Cherry and Kelsey Skaggs Named Echoing Green Climate Fellows
June 12, 2018July 18, 2018
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CDP Co-founders Alice Cherry and Kelsey Skaggs Named Echoing Green Climate Fellows

Climate Defense Project co-founders Alice Cherry and Kelsey Skaggs have been awarded a prestigious two-year Echoing Green Climate Fellowship to support their work with the organization. As Echoing Green Climate Fellows, Alice and Kelsey will receive financial support for CDP’s work defending climate activists and will take part in a network of Echoing Green alumni, advisors, and...

A Climate Constitution in the Courts and the Streets
June 8, 2018June 8, 2018
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A Climate Constitution in the Courts and the Streets

Climate Defense Project’s work to promote the climate necessity defense is featured in Jeremy Brecher’s article in Common Dreams about the importance of climate legal activism. Brecher quotes CDP co-founder Ted Hamilton: Ted Hamilton of the Climate Defense Project notes that a criminal defense cannot be based solely “a constitutional right to a safe climate or on...

Minnesota Court of Appeals Allows Groundbreaking Climate Necessity Case to Proceed
April 23, 2018April 26, 2018
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Minnesota Court of Appeals Allows Groundbreaking Climate Necessity Case to Proceed

Climate Defense Project April 23, 2018 Contact: Ted Hamilton, (847) 859-9572; info@climatedefenseproject.org In a high-profile victory for climate activists and lawyers, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled today that four protesters may present their climate necessity defense at trial. The decision — which rebuffed prosecutors’ attempts to keep the defense out of court — allows...

CDP in the Press: “These states want to make planning a pipeline protest a crime”
April 16, 2018April 16, 2018
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CDP in the Press: “These states want to make planning a pipeline protest a crime”

CDP co-founder and staff attorney Alice Cherry is quoted extensively in a ThinkProgress article on efforts by the fossil fuel industry and conservative state lawmakers to criminalize protest activity directed against the industry: “I think these bills represent an escalation,” Alice Cherry, co-founder and staff attorney of the Climate Defense Project, told ThinkProgress. “The main...

Massachusetts Judge Dismisses Charges Against Climate Activists and Recognizes Necessity of Protest
March 28, 2018March 29, 2018
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Massachusetts Judge Dismisses Charges Against Climate Activists and Recognizes Necessity of Protest

March 28, 2018 Contact: Alice Cherry, (847) 859-9572, info@climatedefenseproject.org. In a victory for the climate movement yesterday, Judge Mary Ann Driscoll of the West Roxbury District Court in Massachusetts found 13 activists not responsible for charges stemming from a 2016 protest against the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline. Judge Driscoll found that the defendants were motivated by...

CDP in the Press: Reactions to the Outcome in the West Roxbury Case
March 28, 2018April 10, 2018
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CDP in the Press: Reactions to the Outcome in the West Roxbury Case

CDP co-founder Alice Cherry was quoted at length in a ThinkProgress article about the West Roxbury case (which you can read about on our Updates page), in which the judge accepted the activists’ necessity argument after prosecutors downgraded the charges to avoid a jury trial: “According to Alice Cherry, co-founder and staff attorney of the Climate...