Environmental Justice

     The Crag Law Center believes that there are identifiable systemic causes of injustice and imbalance of power – corporate greed, corrupt government, mass media, underfunded education systems, and the list goes on. These universal problems affect different groups in different ways.  To overcome these problems, the progressive movement must build relationships across issues in order to mobilize a strong collective movement. This movement is based on broader principles that apply to all of us and keep us working together. The Crag Law Center sees the need to build relationships across racial and economic lines as direly important and recognizes that we as a civilization must begin to see how we all suffer from the same root causes of inequity. Only then will we be able to collectively change a system that has broken down for the majority of Americans.

The Environmental Justice Initiative is the Crag Law Center’s response to the largely homogeneous environmental movement in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Traditionally the people and groups advancing environmental goals have been white and middle to upper-middle class. Traditional environmental groups in this state have been successful in organizing certain segments of the population, but they have ignored others to their own detriment. The Crag Law Center believes that the environmental movement can strengthen itself by connecting with a larger progressive movement – and that movement must include historically disadvantaged communities.

The Crag Law Center seeks to build relationships across issues, to seek out leaders in the community, and to help empower these communities to advocate for themselves. The Crag Law Center recognizes and encourages the community members to be at the forefront of the campaign, with the Crag Law Center providing support and assistance as needed. The Crag Law Center has traditionally aided communities by providing legal advice and representation; helping clients prepare and disseminate press releases and work with the media; helping clients craft and obtain grants for specific projects; and helping clients design and implement coordinated campaign plans; and more.

In addition to litigation, Crag assists partners and clients with other forms of nonprofit support as well as mediation, negotiation and conflict resolution.

See all Environmental Justice Cases

Current Cases:

Lawsuit Launched to Halt Harmful Road Connection

Lawsuit Launched to Halt Harmful Road Connection

On behalf of five environmental groups, Crag this week filed suit against the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in federal district court to force supplemental analysis on the environmental consequences of the Ketchikan-to-Shelter-Cove road project...

Past Accomplishments:

Plan to Clearcut Tongass Old Growth Halted

Plan to Clearcut Tongass Old Growth Halted

The Alaska Regional Forester has put a major logging project in the Tongass National Forest on hold, in response to administrative objections filed by Crag's clients.  The Saddle Lakes Timber Sale, located near Ketchikan on Revillagigedo Island, called for about 50...

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