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First-in-the-nation action: Ecosystem files for intervention in lawsuit to defend own legal rights to exist and flourish - The Little Mahoning Watershed in Grant Township, PA, filed to intervene in a lawsuit in which PGE Corporation is claiming a corporate "right" to inject frack wastewater....

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CELDF In The News

The Spokesman-Review: Court orders initiative vote
01/30/2015 - The Washington State Appellate Court ruled in favor of a Community Rights initiative that had been kept off the ballot by local corporate and government interests, finding that the right of initiative by the people is protected.
Huffington Post: 'Supreme Court Five' Unleash Government Of, By and For the Oligarchs
01/28/2015 - As the Supreme Court forces decisions on communities that benefit corporations and harm democracy, communities are working at the grassroots to adopt Community Bills of Rights that codify people's rights to local self-governance and sustainable communities - banning those corporate activities that violate those rights.
Truthout: ALEC Forces the Question: Will Labor Really Go Local?
01/25/2015 - While ALEC and other pro-corporate entities attempt to decrease worker rights,CELDF partners in Colorado and Spokane, WA, begin working on Community Bills of Rights to protect workers' rights, building on the "floor" of rights established at the state and federal levels.
CELDF Statement: Mora County, NM: Court Finds that Fracking Ban Does Not Violate Certain Corporate “Rights”
01/20/2015 - A U.S. District Court handed down a mixed ruling for Mora County, NM's Community Bill of Rights banning fracking, affirming what CELDF partner communities know: Our structure of law does not recognize communities' right to democratic, local self-governance. It will take a people's movement to challenge and change that.

From Our Blog

Volatility: We Need GMO Abolition, Not Labeling
12/22/2014 - Blogger Russ reviews why labeling GMOs misses the point: People have a right to abolish GMOs - not just know whether or not their food contains them. He urges grassroots, Community Rights Movement building to achieve that end.
MGX.com: Make no mistake, this is war
11/19/2014 - Blogger Magix reviews corporate onslaughts to advance their destruction - in this case, in Coos County, OR - and how communities are asserting their inalienable rights to protect themselves through enacting rights-based law.
Written Word, Spoken Word: SWEPI v. Mora County: The Purple Haze of U.S. Judge James Oren Browning
11/13/2014 - Blogger Frances Madeson shares the surreal proceedings in the oral arguments of the SWEPI v. Mora County, NM, case. SWEPI is suing to overturn Mora County's Community Water Rights and Local Self-Governance Ordinance.
Global Exchange's People to People Blog: Fracking Corporations Played the Democracy Game – Two Communities Set New Rules this Election
11/12/2014 - Growing numbers of communities - including Athens, OH, and Mendocino County, CA - banned fracking by asserting their inalienable right to make governing decisions, and elevating community rights above corporate claimed "rights" when they harm a community.