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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

The Spokesman-Review: Envision Spokane initiative would add workers’ rights to city charter
03/25/2015 - Envision Spokane - a community, rights-based organization in Spokane, WA - is advancing a Worker's Bill of Rights for the November 2015 ballot that would protect workers' rights to a living wage, equal pay for equal work regardless of gender or race, and other rights for workers.
Lancaster Online: Anti-home-rule group from Conestoga Township loses candidates in court ruling
03/25/2015 - As Conestoga Township, PA, residents advance community rights to protect themselves from LNG pipelines, opponents to their organizing try to undermine their Home Rule efforts. A Lancaster County Court judge ruled in favor of community rights supporters.
The Gazette: County judge rules against Broadview Hts. Bill of Rights ban on gas-oil well drilling
03/25/2015 - Broadview Heights, OH, residents urge a defense of their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking based on rights, not zoning and Home Rule.
The Kane Republican: Seneca now seeks court injunction against Highland Twp.
03/25/2015 - While Seneca Resources insists it has suffered "irreparable harm" from Highland Township, PA's, Community Bill of Rights banning fracking injection wells, residents assert they have an inalienable right to protect their water, and continue to back their Supervisors to exercise that right.

From Our Blog

OHCRN Statement: Broadview Heights, OH, County Court Decision Evokes Rallying Cry from Residents
03/15/2015 - While a County Court elevates corporate claimed "rights" over community rights in Broadview Heights, OH, residents assert the decision is illegitimate, and determine to continue on.
New CELDF Website Resources - Check it Out!
02/19/2015 - Take a look at some of our educational materials available on our site - from new video, to statements on recent state Supreme Court decisions, to our Community Rights Papers - it's all right here!
CELDF Statement: Spokane Initiative Decision
02/04/2015 - In the face of corporations and government joining together to suppress the democratic rights of the people of Spokane, WA, to vote on a Community Bill of Rights, last week the Washington Court of Appeals overturned an earlier ruling and ordered the initiative be placed back on the ballot for a vote of the people.
MGX: Sustainable vs renewable and why ecosystems have rights
02/01/2015 - Blogger Magix of Coos County, OR, reviews a recent, standing room only meeting regarding their Community Bill of Rights initiative that would protect the community from LNG pipelines projects. The meeting included distinguishing between "renewable" and "sustainable" - the latter being locally-based and community controlled.