Category: Updates

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...

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...

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...

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...

Charges Reduced for West Roxbury Fracked Gas Pipeline Resisters
March 22, 2018April 2, 2018
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Charges Reduced for West Roxbury Fracked Gas Pipeline Resisters

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 22, 2018 Contact: Alice Cherry, 847.859.9572 One week prior to trial, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office has abandoned its plans to prosecute the remaining Resist the Pipeline defendants, downgrading all criminal charges to civil infractions and moving the cases out of its jurisdiction. The defendants, who had blocked...