On Community Civil Disobedience in the Name of Sustainability: The Community Rights Movement in the United States
Our existing system of law is aimed at constant growth, development, and extraction – and conventional environmental advocacy works around the edges of this system, rather than takes it on directly. Unsurprisingly, more than forty years after our major environmental laws were passed – from species loss, to toxins in the environment, to global warming – things have gotten worse. It’s time to change our activism to focus on changing the system itself, rather than continuing to work around it. This month, PM Press published CELDF’s White Paper – on how we are changing our activism – building a new people’s movement aimed at fundamental, systemic change. Order your copy here.
Common Sense - New Edition!
Trying to protect your community from fracking...pipelines...GMOs...or any number of other threats? Check out Common Sense, CELDF's community rights organizing primer. Here we examine why we can't get what we want as corporations and government work together to promote endless extraction and growth, and how community rights organizing is being leveraged by communities across the country to protect themselves and build the sustainable future they envision. Learn how to bring community rights to your community!
This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement
The editors of YES! Magazine bring together voices from inside and outside Occupy Wall Street to convey the issues, possibilities, and personalities associated with the movement. Featuring contributions by CELDF's Thomas Linzey, Naomi Klein, David Korten, Rebecca Solnit, Ralph Nader, and others, This Changes Everything offers insights for those actively protesting or expressing support for the movement, and for the millions more who sympathize with the goal of a more equitable and democratic future.
CELDF Statement: A New Civil Rights Movement: Liberating Our Communities from Corporate Control
A Pennsylvania Judge Holds That Corporations Are Not “Persons” Under the Pennsylvania Constitution.
Statement on Efforts to Amend the U.S. Constitution following Citizens United - CELDF January 2012
A great deal of activism has emerged in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC. In that case, the Court declared that corporate First Amendment “free speech” rights were violated by federal law which limited corporate spending in elections. Following the ruling, several groups began working to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution to overturn Citizens United. CELDF was invited to participate in those efforts based on our ongoing legislative work on corporate “rights.”... As the Legal Defense Fund has observed the national activism following the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United, we’ve declined to participate in proposed efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution for two main reasons.
Sustainable Energy - CELDF Position Paper
Currently, most development of wind energy resources is carried out by a handful of large corporations.... The corporation...controls the land, production of energy from the wind resource, and the distribution of that energy to the grid.
Think the Courts Will Save You? [pdf three-panel printable brochure]
by Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
Corporate lawyers threatening to challenge and overturn your local ordinance because it violates the constitutional “rights” of corporations? Think the courts will save you? Think again……
CELDF's Susquehanna Newsletter
by Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
Our newsletter, the Susquehanna, comes out quarterly. If you are interested in receiving the newsletter - either electronically or by email - contact Stacey Schmader at or (717) 709-0457.
The Bottom Line or Public Health: Tactics Corporations Use to Influence Health and Health Policy, and What We Can Do to Counter Them
by William H. Wiist, Editor, 2010Oxford University Press
CELDF's Mari Margil authored a chapter entitled "A New Democracy in Action."
Be the Change: How to Get What You Want in Your Community
by Thomas Linzey and Anneke Campbell, 2009
A revolutionary handbook that shows everyday citizens how to stand up and take control of their local governments. With assistance from the cutting-edge methodology of his Democracy School, this book will teach you how to achieve true self-governance and help provide ecosystems with the inalienable right to exist and flourish.
A Movement Diverted: How Corporations Neutralized Anti-Chain Store Campaigns Of the 1920s and 1930s
by Ben Price
March 9th, 2005
“Today, new passions against corporate chain stores are rising. But instead of beginning where the first anti-chain movement began, asserting the rights of self-governing people, today’s organizers start their fight where that earlier movement failed.”