Carl Williams Joins the Water Protector Legal Collective

Hello family,

I am pleased and excited to let you all know that I have just started as the new Executive Director of the Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC). As you may know, at WPLC we envision a world where Indigenous peoples are centered and guiding the world to protect the environment for all.

As the ED I will be working with WPLC’s amazing staff and board of directors to provide legal support, training, and defense to our Indigenous Water Protectors, comrades, and settler allies. And as a lawyer of both Indigenous (Narragansett) and Black ancestry it thrills me to be able to be part of the struggle for the liberation of us all.

Just before coming to WPLC, I spent a semester teaching at Cornell Law School as a Practitioner-in-Residence teaching students about movement lawyering. I have also been doing a bit of private criminal and protest defense. Some of that work was done in partnership with the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. I have also been a public defender with the Roxbury Defenders Unit of the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Boston and I spent five years with the ACLU of Massachusetts, where I worked on issues of racial justice and the prison industrial complex.

I am proud and hopeful to be leading WPLC in the next phase of our work. After over 800 Standing Rock resistance cases that WPLC defended or supported, we are looking out across the occupied Turtle Island to continue our work. We see new (and old) resistance struggles to defend the water and the earth from extractive industries, pipeline and wall builders, and capitalist exploiters. We know that it will take all of our combined force to fight back for Indigenous rights and environmental justice. And we stand ready to defend the Water Protectors, of yesterday and tomorrow.

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Mni Wiconi!
Water is Life.

Carl Williams
Executive Director
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