Community Liberation and Land Defense will strengthen local networks of resistance and build community power by developing grassroots leadership and communal infrastructure through skill sharing, equipment distribution, training, and the mitigation of profiling and arrest.
The fallout of state repression has left many organizers and organizations burnt out from arrest, incarceration, state surveillance and police intimidation, lack of resources and support, as well as dwindling access to tools and trainings that are relevant local dynamics.
We cannot continue to show up on the frontlines, provide mutual aid, and build care networks within our communities without assessing our current needs and finding ways to increase community capacity.
With support from the Community Liberation and Land Defense program local communities will experience strengthened ability to proactively network and defend one another against state surveillance and arrest as a means to safeguard limited resources and prevent organizers from time in the carceral system.
This program will focus on deep, intentional, and strategic mobilization and skill building that will allow a community to thrive safely and interdependently, making state intervention obsolete.
Abolitionist Legal Self Defense Webinar and Q&A
When: Thursday, August 26th, 2021
Time: 4:30PM PST | 7:30PM EST
Where: Zoom Register Here
Description: Hosted by Kourtney Dunning of Seeding Sovereignty and Kira Kelley of CELDF
Law enforcement officers enact violence on people and communities by criminalizing certain identities in categories such as race, class, Indigeneity, immigration status, gender and gender conformity, and physical and mental ability, to name but a few, as well as by targeting people who resist and critique this unjust system. While our “rights” according to the US Constitution were not written for and are not meaningfully applied to most of us in this movement, knowing these rights as part of an ongoing practice of legal self defense can help us stay as safe as possible in a system where we are targeted for our existence and our resistance. Join us for a conversation to share legal self defense best practices and to critique the role of police in stabilizing an oppressive status quo.
The Community Liberation and Land Defense Program will provide a Jail Support Line to community organizations nationally who are in need of support for organized protests and direct actions.
What is Jail Support?
Jail support is a phone number you call when you are arrested and booked into jail. The individual in the role of Jail Support will answer the call and take the name and date of birth of the individual booked into jail as well as the location they are being held at. They will then call into the jail with that information (legal name, and DOB) and request information regarding bail/bond and release.
Why is Jail Support relevant to community defense?
When organizing for a protest or direct action it is important to locate a jail support number as well as a community member to fill the role prior to the event. This role should be filled by someone who plans to remain on standby near a landline during and after the time of the event so that they can be available to receive a call from the jail should any protesters be arrested and booked into jail.
Why a landline?
Landlines are the only numbers that can receive collect calls from jails and prisons. Cell phones and google numbers cannot receive a collect call from a jail or prison. It is imperative that the jail support line be a landline. Landlines are becoming increasingly hard to locate as we organize for action.
How do I request Jail Support? COMING SOON
Fill out the support request completely. Request Jail Support Here
Be sure to request support with plenty of time prior to the date of said event.
The time, capacity, and energy of our Community Liberation and Land Defense Jail Support Organizer will be prioritized. Be gentle with us, we are a resource not an infinite well.
Email our Program Director, Kourtney 🙂
Abolitionist Legal Self Defense
By Kourtney Dunning & Kira Kelley
Community Defense Beginner’s Guide and Interactive Workbook
By Kourtney Dunning
Previous Community Liberation and Land Defense Trainings
Funds will help clear past civil infractions like parking tickets and suspended licenses, as well as prevent future interactions with the legal system by updating registrations and maintaining vehicles to meet legal standards.
To mitigate state threats and surveillance, frontline organizers need to be equipped with a variety of technical gear. Tools for protest defense include:
First Aid Kits
We want to provide training to meet the needs of local dynamics. Training that we are interested in sourcing and funding for frontline communities are below:
Legal Self Defense
First Aid / CPR / AED