Help make the National Community Rights Network annual retreat happen!
September 5th, 2015
NCRN is holding their annual in-person board of directors meeting in Granby, Colorado this October 23-25, 2015. They need your help to make it happen. Learn more here – check it out!
Meigs County Home Rule Committee:
by Dennis J. SargentMeigs County Home Rule Committee
August 19th, 2015
Grounding their right to local self-government in the Ohio Constitution, Meigs County residents assert their right to create a community rights county charter to protect their health, safety, and welfare, from fracking related activities.
August Update: Chomsky, Hedges, Unions Endorse Worker Bill of Rights
August 12th, 2015
Learn the latest news on Spokane, WA's, Worker Bill of Rights, read Community Rights Paper #5 on Citizens United, and join us for the launching of the Ohio Community Rights Workshop.
The Rights of Nature & Self-Governance – San Andres Archipelago, Colombia
July 20th, 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.
On Community Civil Disobedience in the Name of Sustainability: The Community Rights Movement in the United States
June 24th, 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.
Common Sense: A Community Rights Organizing “Primer” from CELDF
June 24th, 2015
Trying to protect your community from any number of threats? Check out Common Sense, CELDF's community rights organizing primer.
The New York Times: Stop Revering Magna Carta
by Tom GinsburgThe New York Times
June 14th, 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!
June 13th, 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.
Geddry: Wall dares invoke the constitution
by MagixGeddry
June 8th, 2015
Recognizing sustainability is illegal under our current structure of law, blogger Magix of Coos County urges the Community Bill of Rights to challenge the law and protect their County from an LNG export terminal.
Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland - Building a Movement for Rights
Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland
June 5th, 2015
CELDF's Mari Margil shares about the growth of the Community Rights Movement with our allies in Ireland - a movement to challenge and change our structure of law and governance such that the rights of communities and nature are elevated above corporate claimed "rights" to frack, mine, privatize water, etc. See page 2.
Dissident Voice: The Future is in the Past: Economics 101 for Spokane
by Paul KirkDissident Voice
May 12th, 2015
An in-depth look at Spokane, WA, its economy, and what sustainable and just would mean to the almost 40,000 people living in poverty. This includes Envision Spokane's Worker Bill of Rights, aimed for the November 2015 ballot.
We the People, We Decide - Columbia County Sustainable Action for Green Community (CCSAGE)
Check out CCSAGE's video: Columbia County, OR, residents partner with CELDF to advance Community Rights to stop fossil fuel transportation threatening their communities.
PACRN Statement: Conestoga Township, PA, Resident Unjustly Arrested for Speaking Truth at a Public Meeting
May 1st, 2015
The Pennsylvania Community Rights Network stands by Conestoga Township, PA, resident Kim Kann, who was arrested for speaking truth at a public meeting this week. Kann and other residents are tirelessly pursuing community rights to protect themselves from LNG pipelines, despite local government officials' hostility.
Truthout: The Carcinogenic Murder of Audrey Moore
by Evaggelos VallianatosTruthout
April 27th, 2015
Author Evaggelos Vallianatos pays tribute to Audrey Moore of Josephine County, OR - a community rights advocate who recently died from cancer caused by the poisons she was unwavering in trying to stop. Audrey's work lives on in those around her, who are steadfast in advancing the right of all living things to be free from chemical trespass.
Tribute to Audrey Moore
April 20th, 2015
It’s with a heavy heart that we are sharing the news of the recent passing of Audrey Moore. Over the last two years Audrey has been a truly formidable force and trailblazer for community rights in Oregon.
Truthout: Colorado Communities Battle Energy Industry to Build Community Rights
by Cliff WilmengTruthout
April 18th, 2015
As the oil and gas industry bears down on local Colorado municipal representatives to open their communities to fracking, those who refuse to cave are part of building a community rights movement that is rebuilding our structure of law and governance.
In These Times: Sacrificing at the Altar of Energy
by Charles JohnsonIn These Times
April 16th, 2015
What are we willing to sacrifice at the altar of energy? Author and naturalist Charles Johnson beseeches us to look beyond science, beyond climatism, and beyond legal precepts about property - to look at love, humanity, and our connection with the land as we live in a time of ecological crisis.
Griffith Journal of Law and Human Dignity: Finally Being Heard: the Great Barrier Reef and the International Rights of Nature Tribunal
April 13th, 2015
Just over a year ago, the International Tribunal for the Rights of Nature and Mother Earth sat for the first time in Quito, Ecuador. Here, Michelle Maoney of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance shares the powerful, alternative narrative that emerged from the Tribunal, whereby Rights of Nature are recognized, codified, and enforced.
OHCRN Statement: Broadview Heights, OH, County Court Decision Evokes Rallying Cry from Residents
March 15th, 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!
February 19th, 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!
OHCRN Statement: Rejecting the Munroe Falls Decision
February 18th, 2015
The Ohio Community Rights Network, partnering with communities across the state to assert and protect their right to local self-governance, rejects the Ohio Supreme Court's protection of the oil and gas industry and the further stripping of residents' home rule authority.
CELDF Statement: Spokane Initiative Decision
February 4th, 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
by MagixMGX
February 1st, 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.
Volatility: We Need GMO Abolition, Not Labeling
by RussVolatility
December 22nd, 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.
Written Word, Spoken Word: Team Mora Kicks Judge Browning's Bootie (In His Own Goddamned Courtroom)
by Frances MadesonWritten Word, Spoken Word
December 10th, 2014
Blogger Frances Madeson reveals Judge Browning's pained granting of intervenor status to the Mora Land Grant and Jacobo Pacheco in the SWEPI lawsuit seeking to overturn Mora's Community Bill of Rights banning all hydrocarbon extraction.
Written Word, Spoken Word: 14,392 Reasons for Mora County to Stand Its Ground On the Anti-Fracking Ordinance
by Frances MadesonWritten Word, Spoken Word
November 29th, 2014
Blogger Frances Madeson reveals the number of gas leases in Mora County, making their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking all the more urgent. Make no mistake, this is war
November 19th, 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
by Frances MadesonWritten Word, Spoken Word
November 13th, 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
by Tish O'Dell & Shannon BiggsGlobal Exchange People to People Blog
November 12th, 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.
Punishing Democracy
by Ben Price, National Organizing DirectorCELDF
November 10th, 2014
Denton, TX, joins a growing number of communities being sued by their own government and corporate entities, to punish communities for democratically enacting bans on fracking. The LNG prosperity myth
November 9th, 2014
Blogger Magix reveals the false claims of energy corporations in favor of an LNG pipeline cutting through Coos County, OR, and what residents can expect from corporate opponents of the community's Coos County Right to Sustainable Energy Future Ordinance, headed for the ballot next May.
2014 Election Update: Record Number of Community Rights Initiatives on Ballot
November 5th, 2014
Community Bills of Rights advance on Election Day 2014, with a record number of initiatives on the ballot, and a growing number of communities determined to drive those rights forward.
Colorado Community Rights Network Launches Fundraiser for State Ballot Initiative
October 17th, 2014
The COCRN calls for support to advance the Colorado Community Rights Amendment for the state wide ballot in 2015. Check out their fundraising video on INDIEGOGO.
Network Coordinator to Advance the New Hampshire Community Rights Network
July 25th, 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”
by Kai Huschke
July 11th, 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
July 1st, 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
by occupystephanieDaily Kos
June 15th, 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.
People to People Blog: Why Mora County New Mexico is Fighting Frackers for Your Rights, too
by Kiara CollinsGlobal Exchange
June 10th, 2014
Global Exchange's Kiara Collins explores Mora County, NM's, fight for all communities' rights.
Community Rights Papers #2: NIMBY
June 7th, 2014
In Community Rights Papers #2, CELDF explores "NIMBY" and other corporate propaganda, and how communities are rejecting that propaganda to create the viable & sustainable communities they envision.
Global Exchange's People to People Bog: Community Rights & Fracking Ban Tour hits Mendocino County
by Shannon BiggsGlobal Exchange People to People Blog
May 20th, 2014
CELDF partner, Global Exchange, works with Mendocino County, CA, residents who are threatened with fracking. Residents are using Community Rights to protect themselves, gathering signatures for a Community Bill of Rights initiative banning fracking for the November ballot.
Mora County Legal Defense Fund
May 15th, 2014
The Mora County Legal Defense Fund was formed to protect Mora’s Community Rights – including their right to clean air and water, a healthy environment, and local self-governance – as they face a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, which claims a constitutional right to frack against the will of the people of Mora.
Community Rights Papers
May 7th, 2014
CELDF announces the launch of its Community Rights Papers, a series of papers on the pioneering Community Rights Movement.
Statement of County Commissioner John Olivas, Chairman, Mora County, New Mexico Board of Commissioners
by John Olivas
March 20th, 2014
Mora County, NM, Commission Chairman John Olivas calls on communities across the U.S. to support the people of Mora County as they face corporate assaults to have their Community Bill of Rights Ordinance banning fracking overturned. Only through standing together, he says, can we recreate “we the people,” and begin to build the communities we envision.
Not The Item: Blog post - Democracy School at Susquehanna University
Not The Item
March 19th, 2014
Democracy School in Selingsrove, PA, in February 2014, revealed for particpants the structure of law we live under that keeps us from getting what we want in our communities - and offered what we can do about it.
CELDF's February Update
February 24th, 2014
Read about upcoming Town Meetings in New England, where residents will vote on their CELDF-drafted Community Bills of Rights ordinances; CELDF in Ecuador for Rights of Nature; and our upcoming Democracy Schools.
CELDF in Octavalo, Ecuador, for a Rights of Nature conference.
February 16th, 2014
CELDF, a founding member of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, joined in an international gathering hosted by the Alliance in Octavalo, Ecuador, in January. Read more here.
Daily Kos - Food Fight: Local Media Coverage
by occupystephanieDaily Kos
February 11th, 2014
A diary from occupystephanie on Oregon Community Rights and sustainable food systems in the face of hostile state and corporate interests.
CELDF's January 2014 Update
January 31st, 2014
Read about what's happening in Colorado, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Maine, and New Hampshire. Click here to learn more!
FAQs - Pennsylvania Supreme Court Ruling on Act 13
December 20th, 2013
Q. Does the Act 13 ruling ban fracking in Pennsylvania? A. No. The Act 13 ruling allows municipal governments to return to their status prior to the adoption of Act 13 – that of being able to adopt local zoning ordinances which control where oil and gas drilling can occur on the surface within the community.
Resilience: A New Movement for Community Self-Determination
by David BollierResilience
December 18th, 2013
Blogger David Bollier sees Community Rights Networks as an antidote to corporations forcing themselves into communities and causing harm.
CELDF partner in Rights of Nature work, Fundacion Pachamama, Shut Down by Ecuadorian Government
December 6th, 2013
CELDF partner, Fundacion Pachamama, was shut down this week by the Ecuadorian government. Learn more on how you can help.
Center for Effective Government: Local Officials Standing Up to Protect Their Communities from Fracking
Center for Effective Government
December 5th, 2013
As Mora County, NM, and Lafayette, CO, face oil and gas industry challenges to their Community Bills of Rights banning fracking, we are re-posting an article from the Center for Effective Government on CELDF's work in providing support to communities through Community Rights.
Press Release: East Boulder County United statement on COGA's lawsuit against Lafayette's Community Rights initiative
East Boulder County United
December 4th, 2013
East Boulder County United is the community group supporting Lafayette, CO's, Community Rights initiative banning fracking - adopted by 60% of the voters this fall. They take a stand against the oil and gas industry as a lawsuit is filed to overturn the will of the people to protect their air and water.
Press Release: Ohio Community Rights Network Launched
November 18th, 2013
Residents from 11 Counties attended a statewide meeting calling upon communities across the state to join together in a Community Rights movement to elevate the rights of people, their communities, and nature, above the claimed "rights" of corporations.
November 2013 Elections Update
November 7th, 2013
Read here about election results in Colorado - where the 1st community in the state adopted a CELDF-drafted Community Bill of Rights banning fracking - and in Ohio, where the 4th community in the state adopted a similar initiative.
CELDF's Thomas Linzey at the New Mexico Coalition for Community Rights Symposium on November 2nd in Santa Fe
November 2nd, 2013
The New Mexico Coalition for Community Rights (NMCCR) held it's first annual symposium in Santa Fe on November 2nd. See Thomas Linzey's presentation here.
KVSF 101.5 The Julia Goldberg Morning Show: CELDF Executive Director discusses local rights movement
by Julia Goldberg Morning ShowKVSF 101.5 The Voice of Santa Fe
October 31st, 2013
CELDF's Thomas Linzey talks about a new Community Rights movement to change our structure of law so that communities' rights to clean air & water, to create local & sustainable systems, & the right to local self-governance are recognized over corporate "rights" to cause harm.
CELDF's Northwest Community Rights Organizer Kai Huschke speaks on Washington's Initiative I-517, on the ballot 11/5. Click here to listen.
October 30th, 2013
CELDF's Kai Huschke speaks on Washington's Initiative I-517, on the ballot 11/5. I-517 in part protects residents' right to vote on qualified initiatives.
October 2013 CELDF Update
October 17th, 2013
Read here about Sangerville, ME's, Community Bill of Rights; the Oregon legislature's attempts to preempt local communities; CELDF's Farm and Food Rights Summit in Hawaii; and CELDF in Australia.
September 2013 CELDF Update
September 25th, 2013
Learn about CELDF in Australia, growing efforts to keep Community Rights initiatives off the ballot, and our upcoming Democracy Schools.
Frack-Backers Launch Anti-Democratic Strikes
by Ben PriceCELDF
September 12th, 2013
A flurry of procedural attempts to keep people from voting on their own qualified Community Bills of Rights initiatives is taking place in Ohio.
Why a Rights-Based Ordinance in Nottingham?
August 10th, 2013
Chris Mills, co-founder of the Nottingham Water Alliance, writes on why a Community Rights Ordinance for Nottingham.
July 2013 CELDF Update
July 8th, 2013
From details about a new Community Rights Movement, to where and how Community Rights are being asserted, see what's happening this month with CELDF and our partners. Local Lawmaking: A Call for a Community Rights Movement
by Thomas Linzey, Esq, Executive
July 2nd, 2013
CELDF's Thomas Linzey, Executive Director, on communities across the country practicing non-violent, civil disobedience through municipal law-making. These communities are challenging our legal system, stopping harmful corporate practices and creating the sustainable communities they envision. It is the beginnings of a Community Rights movement.
CELDF partner Paul Cienfuegos speaks in Portland, OR
May 27th, 2013
CELDF partner Paul Cienfuegos speaks in Portland, OR on 5/25 at a Rally Against Monsanto. Click here & go to 25:30 to see his speech about the Community Rights Movement.
Read the Dirt: Does Food Sovereignty Exist in the United States? Food and the Community Rights Movement
by Trisha MandesRead the Dirt
May 8th, 2013
Trisha Mandes on the Community Rights Movement to challenge corporate and state hegemony over our food systems.
CELDF Statement: A New Civil Rights Movement: Liberating Our Communities from Corporate Control
May 6th, 2013
A Pennsylvania Judge Holds That Corporations Are Not “Persons” Under the Pennsylvania Constitution.
Voices of Central PA: Monday Morning Pipeline News
by Katherine WattVoices of Central PA
April 9th, 2013
State College residents are facing a gas pipeline running through their community. Resident Katherine Watt urges City Council to recognize this issue is about community rights to protect their own health, safety, and welfare, as asserted in their Home Rule Charter amendment establishing a Community Bill of Rights.

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