Category: Updates

CDP at the MIT Disobedience Awards
December 13, 2018October 2, 2019
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CDP at the MIT Disobedience Awards

CDP’s Executive Director Kelsey Skaggs took part in a panel at MIT Media Lab’s Disobedience Awards, which honored leaders of the #MeToo movement and other remarkable activists. The panel also featured honoree Deborah Swackhamer, Harvard Law School Professor and former Dean Martha Minow, and climate activists Emily Johnston and Annette Klapstein. Video of the panel...

CDP Participates in Panel on Land and Water Defense
December 13, 2018January 25, 2019
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CDP Participates in Panel on Land and Water Defense

CDP’s Kelsey Skaggs participated in a panel at the National Lawyers Guild’s annual #Law4thePeople Convention along with Michelle Cook, Kendra Pinto, and Jessica Parfait. Read about the panel, which discussed tactics and specific campaigns against fossil fuel corporations, in the December 2018 issue of Water Protector Legal Collective’s newsletter (coverage starts on page 5).  

CDP Staff Speak About Climate Movement Lawyering to Law Students
October 29, 2018January 25, 2019
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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...

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...