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It is with great sadness that we share the news of the loss of our friend and colleague, Gail Darrell. For nearly a decade, Gail has worked to protect communities across New England from corporate and government interests that sought to override the rights of ...

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CELDF In The News

Akron Beacon Journal: Local News Brief - Medina County Signatures Submitted
06/28/2015 - Signatures to place a county charter form of government on the ballot for November in Medina County, OH, were submitted by residents today. The county faces LNG pipelines and residents are seeking initiative powers to protect themselves. Scroll down for Medina County.
The Athens Messenger: Signatures submitted for county charter initiative
06/25/2015 - Athens County residents - faced with fracking wastewater - submitted almost double the necessary signatures to place an initiative on the ballot for a county charter form of government, expanding residents' right to local self-government.
My Daily Sentinel: Home Rule group presents petitions to Meigs BOE
06/25/2015 - In Ohio, the Meigs County Home Rule Committee turned in well over the required number of signatures to place a county charter on the ballot for November to allow initiative for county residents, who currently have no local self-governing authority.
Toledo News Now: Signatures gathered to put Nexus Pipeline to vote
06/24/2015 - Fulton County, OH, residents, facing LNG pipelines cutting through their communities, turn to their inalienable right to local self-government to protect themselves. More than 1,500 signatures were turned in to place a County Charter on the ballot in November to expand community rights.

From Our Blog

Common Sense: A Community Rights Organizing “Primer” from CELDF
06/24/2015 - Trying to protect your community from any number of threats? Check out Common Sense, CELDF's community rights organizing primer.
On Community Civil Disobedience in the Name of Sustainability: The Community Rights Movement in the United States
06/24/2015 - Our existing system of law is aimed at constant development and extraction, and we are on the verge of a planetary crisis. It’s time to change our activism. This month, PM Press published CELDF’s White Paper on how we are changing our activism and building a new people’s movement aimed at fundamental, systemic change.
The New York Times: Stop Revering Magna Carta
06/14/2015 - Some folks are celebrating 800 years of Magna Charta as if it were a sacred document. Others...not so much. Why? Read more in this New York Times opinion piece.
Ohio Community Rights Network: Join with OHCRN to grow the Community Rights Movement today!
06/13/2015 - A video on the work of OHCRN in growing Community Rights to help protect all Ohioans from harmful activities threatening clean air, pure water, and the right to democratic, local self-governance.