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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

CentralMaine.com: East-west corridor remains a danger
09/26/2014 - Dover-Foxcroft, ME, resident urges communities to assert their rights to protect themselves from harmful corporate projects, such as the East-West Corridor, through Community Bills of Rights.
The Decorah Newspapers: New Mexico official speaking on how his county banned fracking
09/26/2014 - Mora County, NM, County Commissioner John Olivas speaks with communities across Iowa about Mora's Community Bill of Rights banning fracking. Iowa residents are threatened with frac-sand mining.
The Athens News: We support the right to protect local water; yes on 7
09/25/2014 - The Athens News endorses Issue 7 on the November ballot - an Athens, OH, Community Bill of Rights banning shale gas drilling and fracking as a violation of community rights.
Yes! Magazine: How Residents of a Rural New Mexico County Fought the Fracking Barons and Won - for Now
09/23/2014 - Mora County, NM's Community Bill of Rights banning fracking as a violation of the people's rights to clean air, water, and local self-governance, is rooted in the county's rich history of community. Residents are drawing on that history as they stand together to defend their ordinance against corporate lawsuits.

From Our Blog

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.
Daily Kos: New Civil Rights Movement
06/15/2014 - 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.