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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 Medina-Gazette: Proposed charter aims to address pipeline projects in Medina County
04/18/2015 - Threatened with LNG pipelines, residents of Medina County, OH, advance a county charter bill of rights through ballot initiative - the first-in-the-state to do so. The county charter would secure community rights to local self-government and to a healthy environment.
The Broadview Journal: Anti-drilling advocates address city council
04/18/2015 - Broadview Heights, OH, residents bring their message on community rights to the city council meeting, asserting their right to protect themselves from fracking harms. Residents refuse to accept a recent county court decision asserting corporate "rights" to frack come before community rights to say "NO" to fracking.
In These Times: Firing Big Green: Are National Environmental Groups Really Serving the People?
04/16/2015 - CELDF's Thomas Linzey looks at traditional environmental organizing, how it keeps us from getting what we want, and how growing numbers of communities are breaking from tradition to forge Community Rights organizing to protect their communities and nature.
Press Release: Community Rights County Charter Campaign Launched
04/15/2015 - The first county in Ohio launches a campaign to assert their right to local self-government through direct initiative.

From Our Blog

Tribute to Audrey Moore
04/20/2015 - 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.
In These Times: Sacrificing at the Altar of Energy
04/16/2015 - 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
04/13/2015 - 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
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.