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Residents of Lafayette, CO, file a first-of-its-kind class action lawsuit against the State, Governor John Hickenlooper, and the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, to protect the rights of the people of Lafayette to self-governance - including their right to ban fracking.

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CELDF In The News

Sangerville, ME, Resident's Letter-to-the-Editor: Sangerville's Rights-Based Ordinance One Year Anniversary
09/13/2014 - Sangerville, ME, celebrates the one year anniversary of the adoption of their Community Bill of Rights banning unsustainable energy development.
Natural Gas Intelligence: Activists Continue Push to Limit Ohio Oil, Gas Development
09/11/2014 - The gas industry tracks the spread of Community Bills of Rights banning fracking and related activities in Ohio, as residents determine to assert their rights to protect their health, safety, and welfare.
The Columbus Dispatch: Activists want Columbus to have environmental ‘bill of rights’
09/10/2014 - Columbus, OH, residents advance a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking and related activities for the May 2015 ballot, following in the foot steps of Yellow Springs, Broadview Heights, Oberlin, and Mansfield.
Cleveland.com: Anti-fracking bill of rights will be on Gates Mills November ballot after village officials change stance
09/09/2014 - Gates Mills, OH, residents succeed in moving a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking onto the November ballot.

From Our Blog

Network Coordinator to Advance the New Hampshire Community Rights Network
07/25/2014 - CELDF announces Michelle Sanborn as our new New Hampshire Community Rights Network Coordinator. Michelle led her hometown of Alexandria, NH, in adopting a Community Bill of Rights banning unsustainable energy development projects in March 2014.
Why the People of the Big Island Can’t Ban GMOs Without Challenging Corporate “Rights”
07/11/2014 - A simple ban on GMOs in Hawai'i County misses addressing our structure of law and governance that allows GMOs at all. To successfully stop them, ordinances are needed that challenge that structure and remove corporate claimed "rights" to plant GMOs against community wishes.
CELDF Statement on New York Fracking Decision
07/01/2014 - We congratulate the victory in the New York Court of Appeals for banning fracking. We also recognize the Court, rather than affirming communities' right to local self-governance, instead affirmed the state legislature may at any time remove those bans. Read more here.
Daily Kos: New Civil Rights Movement
06/15/2014 - A diary from occupystephanie draws parallels between Community Rights and other rights' movements, and describes CELDF's work with municipalities across the U.S. to leverage those rights to protect ourselves and the natural environment from corporate harms.