The Climate Disobedience Center exists to get your back. Rather than a set curriculum, we can offer flexible services to help meet the needs of your organizing community. Everything we do revolves around our principles instead of a structure. Our goal is to encourage experimentation that expands the boundaries of climate movement organizing. We aren’t looking for foot soldiers, but partners in experimentation.
If you and your community want to do civil disobedience but aren’t sure where or how to start, the CDC can facilitate trainings that help you pull off a successful campaign. Our trainings go well beyond skills and tactics to help your community identify the principles that ground you and help you think through how to use those principle to guide your efforts. Unlike other direct action trainings that assume an action ends at the point of arrest, our trainings are designed from the beginning to help activists strategize actions that extend into successful courtroom confrontation and long term campaigns. We don’t pretend to have all the answers, but we can ask the critical questions that have grown out of our own experiences of civil disobedience in the climate movement.
If you have already taken action and gotten into some good trouble, the CDC can help you make the most of it. We can help you craft your strategy inside and outside the courtroom. Not only can we help you find legal representation, we can help your lawyers understand the movement impacts of your legal case. We’ll walk you through the process of connecting your resources, identifying your needs, and filling the gaps. Whether the support you need is financial, legal, logistical, organizational, media, moral, spiritual, or anything else, we’ve got your back.
We provide all our services, from phone consultation to extended on-the-ground organizing, free of charge for activists who are taking bold, creative and principled action against the fossil fuel industry.
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