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

DGR News Service: Thomas Linzey: The Coal Trains’ Track to Nowhere
07/28/2015 - CELDF Executive Director and Spokane, WA, resident Thomas Linzey decries efforts to mitigate harms from coal and oil trains passing through Spokane. He calls for action to confront the oil and gas industry directly - for the sake of ending unsustainable energy production and protecting human and natural communities.
Lancaster Online: Why I will fight a $25 fine for disorderly conduct
07/27/2015 - Conestoga Township, PA, resident Kimberly Kann stands strong for the right to speak in a public meeting - a right denied to her last May when she was arrested for speaking at a public meeting. Township residents are working to protect themselves from a 42 inch LNG pipeline. Read her story here.
The Athens News: Commissioners certify charter proposal
07/26/2015 - As Athens County residents advance their community rights charter amendment to the November ballot, opponents begin working against the initiative. Athens residents face frack wastewater injection wells, and seek to codify their right to local self-government. Anti-Fracking Group Drafting Community Bill of Rights
07/25/2015 - Recognizing they live in a corporate state that is forcing fracking into communities, Jackson County, IL, residents hold an event to launch their community rights campaign to protect their health, safety, and welfare.

From Our Blog

The Rights of Nature & Self-Governance – San Andres Archipelago, Colombia
07/20/2015 - The Raizal people of the Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia, and Santa Catalina off the coast of Colombia, work with CELDF to recognize the Rights of Nature and to achieve their right to self-determination. CELDF travels to the Archipelago this month. Learn more here.
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.