Category: Updates

Film Screening and Panel Discussion
September 22, 2020September 22, 2020
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Film Screening and Panel Discussion

CDP has partnered with filmmaker Jan Haaken to offer a virtual screening of her film Necessity: Oil, Water, and Climate Resistance, which includes interviews with CDP attorneys. The film is available for viewing starting today and ending Sunday (9/27), when we’ll convene for a panel discussion that includes CDP’s Kelsey Skaggs and Alice Cherry. All...

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.

CDP’s Alice Cherry Interviewed on KBOO
February 4, 2020February 4, 2020
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CDP’s Alice Cherry Interviewed on KBOO

Alice Cherry, CDP Co-Founder and Staff Attorney, was interviewed on Portland-based radio station KBOO last week, as part of a segment called Left and the Law. Alice discussed the climate necessity defense, upcoming cases, and the recent Ninth Circuit opinion in the youth lawsuit against the federal government, Juliana v. United States. You can listen to...

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...

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...