Terms of Use

These Terms of Use and Privacy Policy apply to the www.celie.org website and any derivative website (including www.xxtra.org) on which these Terms of Use are posted are owned and operated by CELIE (the Civic Engagement and Leadership Institute for Everyone), a national organization (or “Company”). CELIE has adopted these Terms of Use (“Terms of Use” or “Agreement”) to make you aware of the terms and conditions of your use of the Websites, any derivative Websites on which these Terms of Use are posted and any Content, or other products or services that are offered or provided via the aforementioned Websites (collectively, the “Website”).

Company reserves the right, at its discretion, to change, modify, add or remove portions of these Terms of Use at any time by posting such changes to this page. You understand that you have the affirmative obligation to check these Terms of Use periodically for changes, and you hereby agree to periodically review these Terms of Use for such changes. The continued use of the Website following the posting of changes to these Terms of Use will constitute your acceptance of those changes.

By using or otherwise accessing the Website, creating, registering or accessing an account, posting or downloading Content, or any other information to or from the Website, purchasing any products or services via the Website or manifesting your assent to these Terms of Use in any other manner, you hereby unequivocally and expressly agree to, and shall be subject to, these Terms of Use. If you do not unequivocally agree to these Terms of Use, you may not use or otherwise access the Website, create, register or access an account, post or download Content, or any other information to or from the Website or purchase any products or services via the Website.

General Terms of Use and Restrictions on Use

Company hereby grants you a limited, nonexclusive, nonassignable, nontransferable license to access and use the Website solely for [your own personal, non-commercial purposes]. All rights not otherwise expressly granted by these Terms of Use are reserved by Company. If you do not comply with the Terms of Use at any time, Company reserves the right to revoke the aforementioned license(s), limit your access to the Website or restrict your ability to post or download Content, or order products and services. You agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, distribute, transmit, sell, trade, resell or exploit for any purpose any portion of or any information from the Website. You may not obscure or remove any proprietary rights notices contained in or on the Content. You are solely responsible for providing, maintaining and ensuring the compatibility of all hardware, software, electrical and other physical requirements necessary for your access to and use of the Website or any part thereof.

Company may discontinue or alter any aspect of the Website, remove Content from the Website, restrict the time the Website is available or restrict the amount of use permitted at Company’s sole discretion and without prior notice or liability.

For purposes of these Terms of Use, references to “post” or “posting” shall refer to any manner of posting, transmitting, uploading, providing, making available or otherwise transferring material or information.

Company Intellectual Property 

Unless otherwise specifically noted in these Terms of Use, images, trademarks, service marks, logos and icons displayed on the Website, are the property of Company and/or its licensors and may not be used without Company’s prior written consent. Trademarks owned by third parties are the property of those respective third parties. The Website is the copyrighted property of Company. Any unauthorized use of any Content, whether owned by Company or other parties, may violate copyright laws, trademark laws, privacy and publicity laws and communications regulations and statutes. You will not copy, reverse engineer, disassemble, decompile, translate, modify, reproduce, republish, transmit, sell, offer for sale, disseminate or redistribute the intellectual property found in the Website or any part thereof or grant any other person or entity the right or access to do so.


For certain aspects of the Website, you may be asked to register an account. In the event you agree to register an account, you will select and/or receive a username and password upon providing registration information and successfully completing the registration process. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your username and password and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your username and password. You agree to immediately notify Company in the event (a) your registration information changes, or (b) you learn of or have reason to suspect any unauthorized use of your account or any other breach of security. You also agree that you will provide truthful and accurate information during the registration process. Company may refuse to grant a particular username to you for any reason, including, without limitation, in the event Company determines that such username impersonates someone else, is protected by trademark or other proprietary right law or is vulgar or otherwise offensive.


You acknowledge that the Website may contain or provide access to information, software, photos, video, text, graphics, music, sounds or other material provided by Company or third parties (collectively, “Content”) that are protected by copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets or other proprietary rights, and that these rights are valid and protected in all forms, media and technologies existing now or hereafter developed.

The Content posted by users via the Website (“User Content”) is the intellectual property of the specific users of the Website who post such User Content and their licensors, if any. Company does not claim any ownership rights in such User Content. By posting User Content via the Website, however, you hereby grant to Company a limited, transferable, nonexclusive, worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, modify, edit, adapt, publish, translate, display, distribute, sell, sublicense and create derivative works and compilations incorporating such User Content.

Company does not generally monitor or otherwise remove User Content after it is posted on the Website except under certain limited circumstances as required or permitted by law or otherwise in the sole discretion of Company. In the event you would like to request that Company remove your User Content from the Website, please contact Company at info@celie.org. Please note however, that if Company agrees, in its sole discretion to remove your User Content, such User Content may not be completely removed or may otherwise still be available to others in the following circumstances: (a) your User Content has been incorporated into derivative works or compilations created by Company or other parties; (b) such User Content has been retained in Company’s data backup systems or for archival purposes; or (c) to the extent such User Content has been sold to or downloaded by other persons and such persons retain your User Content.

Company’s Privacy Policy 

Company collects, stores and uses data collected from you in accordance with Company’s Privacy Policy. The terms and conditions of the Privacy Policy are hereby expressly incorporated into these Terms of Use.


The Website may provide, or third parties may provide, links to other Websites or resources on the Internet. Because Company has no control over such Websites or resources, you acknowledge and agree that Company is not responsible for the availability of such external Websites or resources, and Company does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any Content, advertising, products, or other materials on or available from such Websites or resources or for any privacy or other practices of the third parties operating those Websites or resources. You further acknowledge and agree that Company shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with your use of or reliance on any such Content, goods or services available on or through any such Website or resource. Company strongly encourages you to review any separate terms of use and privacy policies governing use of these third party Websites and resources.

User Representations 

You hereby represent and warrant to Company that: (a) you (i) are over the age of eighteen (18) [have reached the age of majority in the jurisdiction where you reside (generally 18, 19 or 21 years of age depending on the jurisdiction)], (ii) are an emancipated minor under the laws of your jurisdiction of domicile and/or residence or (iii) otherwise have the power and authority to enter into and perform your obligations under this Agreement; (b) all information provided by you to Company is truthful, accurate and complete; (c) you are an authorized signatory of the credit or debit card or other method of payment that you provide to Company or it third-party payment processor to pay the purchase price and any applicable fees or taxes related to your purchases of products and/or services via the Website; (d) you will comply with the terms and conditions of these Terms of Use and any other agreement to which you are subject that is related to your use of the Website or any part thereof; (e) you have provided and will maintain accurate and complete registration information with Company, including, without limitation, your legal name, address, email address, and any other information Company may reasonably require; (f) your access to and use of the Website or any part thereof and/or purchase and use of any products or services will not constitute a breach or violation of any other agreement, contract, terms of use or any law or regulation to which you are subject; and (g) you will immediately notify Company in the event that you learn or suspect that your registration information, username or password has been disclosed or otherwise made known to any other person.

In the event that you post any User Content via the Website, you hereby make the following additional representations and warranties to Company: (1) you are owner of such User Content or otherwise have the right to grant Company the licenses granted pursuant to this Agreement; (2) you have secured any and all consents necessary to post the User Content and to grant the foregoing licenses; (3) the User Content does not violate the rights of any third party, including, without limitation, the intellectual property, privacy or publicity rights of any third party, and such User Content does not contain any personally identifiable information about third parties in violation of such parties’ rights; (4) the use of any User Content will not result in harm or personal injury to any third party; and (5) all factual information contained in the User Content is true and accurate.

Prohibited Uses 

You are solely responsible for any and all acts and omissions that occur under your account or password, and you agree not to engage in unacceptable use of the Website or any part thereof or any User Content that you may sell or purchase via the Website, which includes, without limitation: (a) use of the Website to post or store material or information that, is or to a reasonable person may be unlawful, harmful, tortious, abusive, obscene, pornographic, defamatory, libelous, harassing, invasive of another’s privacy, offensive, vulgar, threatening, malicious, hateful or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable; (b) use of the Website to post or store Content, files, graphics, software or other material or information that actually or potentially infringes the rights of any person, including, without limitation, the copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or other intellectual property rights, or privacy, moral or publicity rights, of any person; (c) use of the Website to interfere, disrupt or attempt to gain unauthorized access to other accounts on the Website or any other computer network; (d) use of the Website to post or store viruses, Trojan horses or any other malicious code or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software, hardware, system or telecommunications equipment; (e) use of the Website to post or store any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, junk mail, spam, chain letters, pyramid schemes or other fraudulent schemes, or any other form of solicitation; (f) use of any manual or automated software, devices or other processes to “crawl” or “spider” any web pages contained in the Website (including, without limitation, the use of robots, bots, spiders, scrapers or any other means to extract pricing, product, service or other data from the Website); (g) framing or otherwise simulating the appearance or functions of the Website or any portion thereof; (h) harvesting or otherwise collecting any information about other Users, including, without limitation, email addresses or other contact information of other Users; or [(i)] use of the Website to engage in any activity that, as determined by Company, may intentionally or unintentionally violate these Terms of Use, violate any applicable laws or regulations or conflict with the spirit or intent of these Terms of Use.


Company uses reasonable efforts to maintain the Website, but Company is not responsible for any defects or failures associated with the Website, any part thereof, any User Content posted using the Website, or any damages (such as lost profits or other consequential damages) that may result from any such defects or failures. The Website may be inaccessible or inoperable for any reason, including, without limitation: (a) equipment malfunctions, (b) periodic maintenance procedures or repairs which Company may undertake from time to time, or (c) causes beyond the control of Company or which are not foreseeable by Company. In addition, Company makes no guarantees as to the Websites and information located worldwide throughout the Internet that you may access as a result of your use of the Website, including as to the accuracy, content, or quality of any such sites and information or the privacy practices of any such site.

Company does not control the User Content posted by its users, nor does it have any obligation to monitor such User Content for any purpose. Despite the fact that it has no monitoring obligations, Company reserves the right to remove any and all material that it feels is actually or potentially inappropriate, offensive, illegal or harmful any respect or which may violate these Terms of Use. Because the User Content offered via the Website is provided by other users, and because Company does not monitor or exercise control over the User Content, Company does not make any warranties or representations regarding any of the User Content offered via the Website or the quality thereof. Company does not necessarily approve, endorse, sanction, encourage, verify or agree with any message posted by its users or otherwise embodied in the Content. You understand that by using the Website, you may be exposed to Content that may be offensive, indecent, vulgar, defamatory or otherwise objectionable, and that in no way shall Company be liable under any theory for such exposure.

Company is not a backup service for storing User Content, and Company shall have no liability regarding any loss of User Content. You are solely responsible for creating backups of any User Content you post using the Website.


The Website, any content, and any products or services provided via the Website are provided “as is” and “as available,” and at your sole risk. Company expressly disclaims all warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including, without limitation, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular use or purpose, title and non-infringement.

Without limitation, company makes no warranty that the Website, any content, or any products or services provided via the Website will meet your requirements, that use of the foregoing will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error-free, that the results obtained from the use of the foregoing or any information found thereon will be accurate or reliable, or that the quality of any content, products, services, information or other material obtained through the Website will meet your expectations.

Any content or other material downloaded or otherwise obtained through the use of the Website is done at your sole risk, and you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from the download of any such material.

Further, please note that no advice or information, obtained by you through the Website or any product shall create any warranty not expressly provided for in these terms of use.

Limitation of Liability 

You expressly understand and agree that company shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential, punitive or exemplary damages, including without limitation, damages for loss of profits, goodwill, use, data, loss of or injury to life or other intangible losses (even if company has been advised of the possibility of such damages), resulting from: (a) the use or the inability to use the Website, any content or any products or services purchased via the Website; (b) the cost of procurement of substitute products and services resulting from any products, data, information or services purchased or obtained or messages received or transactions entered into through or from the Website or otherwise; (c) unauthorized access to or alteration of your transmissions, content or data; or (d) any other matter relating to the Website, any content, or the purchase of company’s products or services. If you are dissatisfied with the Website, your sole and exclusive remedy shall be to discontinue use of the Website and terminate this agreement in accordance with its terms. In no event shall company’s total liability to you for all damages, losses, and causes of action (whether in contract, tort (including, but not limited to, negligence) or otherwise) exceed the amount paid by you, if any, for accessing the Website, purchasing any content or purchasing company’s products or services or any amount retained by company for providing the services.

Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of certain warranties or the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages. Accordingly, some of the above limitations may not apply to you.


You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Company, its officers, members, directors, employees and agents from and against any and all claims, liabilities, damages, losses or expenses, including attorneys’ fees and costs and expenses, arising out of or in any way connected with (a) your access to or use of the Website or any part thereof, (b) any User Content you post via the Website, (c) a breach or alleged breach by you of any of your representations, warranties, covenants or obligations under this Agreement, (d) infringement or misappropriation of any intellectual property or other rights of Company or third parties by you, (e) any negligence or willful misconduct by you, (f) any other claim related to your performance under this Agreement, or (g) your use of any Content, services or products provided by Company.

Term and Termination 

This Agreement is effective upon your unequivocal acceptance as set forth herein and shall continue in full force until terminated. You agree that Company, in its sole discretion, may terminate your use of the Website or any part thereof upon prior notice, and remove and discard any Content, in the event you violate these Terms of Use. You agree that Company may immediately suspend your account and your access to the Website or any part thereof in order to conduct an investigation in the event it believes you have violated these Terms of Use. Company may also, in its sole discretion and at any time, discontinue providing the Website, any part thereof, any User Content or any products advertised thereon, with or without notice. In addition to any other method of termination or suspension provided for in this Agreement, Company reserves the right to terminate this Agreement at any time and for any reason upon ten (10) days notice to you. Further, you agree that Company shall not be liable to you or any third-party for any termination or suspension of your access to the Website or any part thereof, removal of User Content or sale of any products. You may terminate this Agreement at any time by immediately discontinuing all access to the Website and by providing notice to Company of such discontinuance. Termination or cancellation of this Agreement shall not affect any right or relief to which Company may be entitled at law or in equity. Upon termination of this Agreement, you shall terminate all use of the Website and any Content provided thereby. In the event of termination, you will not be entitled to any refund of any fees or other charges, if any, paid in connection with this Agreement.

Governing Law and Other Miscellaneous Terms 

The parties and their respective personnel are and shall be independent contractors, and neither party by virtue of this Agreement shall have any right, power or authority to act or create any obligation, express or implied, on behalf of the other party.

You acknowledge and agree that any expenses that you incur in furtherance of this Agreement are voluntary in nature and are made with the knowledge that this Agreement may be terminated as provided herein. You shall not make a claim against Company, and Company shall not be liable with respect to the recoupment of any expenditures or investment made by you in anticipation of the continuation of this Agreement beyond the term hereof.

The parties agree that breach of the provisions of this Agreement would cause irreparable harm and significant injury to Company which would be both difficult to ascertain and which would not be compensable by damages alone. As such, the parties agree that Company has the right to enforce the provisions of this Agreement by injunction (without necessity of posting bond), specific performance or other equitable relief without prejudice to any other rights and remedies Company may have for your breach of this Agreement.

The validity and effect of these Terms of Use shall be governed by and construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the District of Columbia, without regard to its conflicts or choice of laws principles. Any suit, action or proceeding concerning or relating to the Website, its use, these Terms of Use, concerning any sale or concerning any other product, service, policy, or procedure of company, must be brought exclusively in a court of competent jurisdiction in Washington, DC and you hereby irrevocably consent to the jurisdiction of such court (and the appropriate appellate courts therefrom) in any such suit, action or proceeding; and you irrevocably waive, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, any objection which you may now or hereafter have to the laying of venue of any such court or that any such suit, action or proceeding which is brought in any such court has been brought in an inconvenient or improper forum.

If any action at law or in equity is necessary to enforce the terms of this Agreement, the prevailing party will be entitled to reasonable fees of attorneys, accountants and other professionals, and costs and expenses in addition to any other relief to which such prevailing party may be entitled.

The captions and headings of this Agreement are included for ease of reference only and will be disregarded in interpreting and construing this Agreement.

If the performance of any part of this Agreement by either party (other than payment of money) is prevented, hindered, delayed or otherwise made impracticable by reason of any flood, riot, fire, judicial or governmental action, labor dispute, act of God, telecommunications failure or any other cause beyond the control of either party, that party shall be excused from such to the extent that it is prevented, hindered or delayed by such cause.

This Agreement, including any other agreements or additional terms referenced herein, constitutes the complete and exclusive statement of the Agreement between the parties with respect to the Website, Content, and products and services offered via the Website, and, unless otherwise expressly provided herein, it supersedes any and all prior or contemporaneous communications, representations, statements and understandings, whether oral or written, between the parties concerning the Website, Content, and products and services sold via the Website. If any provision of this Agreement is found unlawful or unenforceable in any respect, the court shall reform such provision so as to render it enforceable or, if it is not possible to reform such provision so as to make it enforceable, then delete such provision. As so reformed or modified, the court shall fully enforce this Agreement. The provisions of this Agreement that by their content are intended to survive the expiration or termination of this Agreement, including, without limitation, provisions governing ownership and use of intellectual property, representations, disclaimers, warranties, liability, indemnification, governing law, jurisdiction, venue, remedies, rights after termination and interpretation of this Agreement, will survive the expiration or termination of this Agreement for their full statutory period.

The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods and the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act shall not apply to this Agreement.

Company makes no representation that Content or other material or information on the Website is appropriate to or available in locations outside of the United States. You may not use the Website or export Content in violation of United States export laws, regulations or restrictions. If you access the Website from outside of the United States, you are responsible for compliance with all applicable laws.

Copyright and Copyright Notices 

Company respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask our users to do the same. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please contact us at

CELIE or XXTRA Special & Free

Attn: Legal
1920 L Street
Suite 320
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 898-2010

Also, please provide Company’s Copyright Agent the following information:

  • an electronic or physical signature of the owner or person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest;
  • a description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;
  • a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the Website sufficient to allow us to locate the allegedly infringing material;
  • your address, telephone number, and email address;
  • a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
  • a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.

Please contact Company’s Copyright Agent for Notice of Claims of copyright infringement at: info@celie.org. Copyright owners and agents acknowledge that failure to comply with all of the requirements of the foregoing may result in an invalidity of the DMCA notice.

Counter-Notice. If you believe that the User Content that was removed (or to which access was disabled) is not infringing, or that you have authorization from the copyright owner, the copyright owner’s agent, or pursuant to the law, to post and use the User Content, you may send a counter-notice containing the following information to the Copyright Agent:

  • your physical or electronic signature;
  • identification of the User Content that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the User Content appeared before it was removed or disabled;
  • a statement that you have a good faith belief that the User Content was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or a misidentification of the User Content; and
  • your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address, a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the federal court in the District of Columbia and a statement that you will accept service of process from the person who provided notification of the alleged infringement.

If a counter-notice is received by the Copyright Agent, Company may send a copy of the counter-notice to the original complaining party informing that person that it may replace the removed User Content or cease disabling it in 10 business days. Unless the copyright owner files an action seeking a court order against the person providing such User Content, the removed User Content may be replaced, or access to it restored, in 10 to 14 business days or more after receipt of the counter-notice, at Company’s sole discretion.