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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

Press Release: National Community Rights Network Holds Historic First Meeting
10/30/2014 - The National Community Rights Network holds its inaugural gathering, accelerating the advancement of Community Rights at the state and federal level.
Press Release: First Community Bill of Rights Initiative Banning Heavy Pesticide Use on Ballot in Oregon
10/30/2014 - The first-in-the-nation Community Bill of Rights banning heavy pesticides is on the ballot in Josephine County, OR, on November 4th.
Examiner.com: November ballots in Ohio to include record number of initiatives to ban fracking
10/30/2014 - Four Ohio municipalities will vote on November 4th on Community Bills of Rights initiatives banning fracking and asserting the right to local self-governance and to a healthy environment - challenging corporate claimed "rights" to frack and state preemption.
Press Release: Record Number of Ohio Community Rights Initiatives Banning Fracking on November Ballot
10/28/2014 - Community Rights spreads across Ohio as four additional communities have Community Bills of Rights initiatives banning fracking on the ballot November 4th.

From Our Blog

Colorado Community Rights Network Launches Fundraiser for State Ballot Initiative
10/17/2014 - 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
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.