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Capital Press: Why initiatives should remain a power tool for citizens
by Greg WassonCapital Press
August 27th, 2015
The Oregon Secretary of State refuses to certify a duly qualified state constitutional amendment that would secure the right to democratic local self-government. This writer points out the dangerous precedent established by such action if allowed to stand.
Vindy.com: Mahoning elections board votes to keep Youngstown anti-fracking proposal off ballot
by David SkolnickVindy.com
August 27th, 2015
Despite residents obtaining the required number of signatures to place a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking on the November ballot in Youngstown, OH, the Mahoning County Board of Elections votes to block the measure. Advocates are determining next steps.
The Inlander: Worker Bill of Rights will be on ballot as city declines to appeal judge's ruling
by Jake ThomasThe Inlander
August 27th, 2015
Spokane's Worker Bill of Rights heads to the November ballot. The City of Spokane decides not to appeal a judge's decision protecting the rights of Spokane residents to vote on their Worker Bill of Rights initiative.
The Spokesman-Review: Recognize workers’ rights
by Thomas LinzeyThe Spokesman-Review
August 26th, 2015
Spokane, WA, resident argues that for too long, large corporations have claimed corporate "rights" to avoid paying a family wage and equal pay for equal work, and to fire employees at will. The people's Worker Bill of Rights is about elevating worker rights over corporate rights, protecting the right to a family wage, and protecting from being fired for unjust cause.
The Bradford Era: New defendants want in on Highland Township injection well lawsuit
by Colin DeppenThe Bradford Era
August 25th, 2015
Seneca Resources - a corporation - argues that Crystal Springs - an ecosystem - has no legal standing. Crystal Springs Ecosystem has filed to intervene in a lawsuit brought by Seneca to overturn Highland Township's Community Bill of Rights Ordinance banning frack wastewater injection wells.
The Vindicator: Youngstown council puts anti-fracking amendment on November ballot
The Vindicator
August 24th, 2015
Youngstown, OH, City Council places a community bill of rights initiative banning fracking on the November ballot. Residents gathered more than the required signatures to qualify the charter amendment.
EcoWatch: Corporate Rights Trump Democracy in Ohio Fracking Fight
by Ben PriceEcoWatch
August 24th, 2015
Heard of the Halliburton Loophole? Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has created the Husted Loophole, declaring the people's right to change their government - as codified in the Ohio Constitution - is meaningless if it interferes with corporate profits.
PennEnergy:Ohio SOS in hot water over dismissing unconventional oil & gas ballot proposals
by Joey Mechelle StennerPennEnergy
August 24th, 2015
Ohio Secretary of State's refusal to allow the people of Ohio to vote brings lawsuit.
Vindy.com: Youngstown council to vote Monday to put an anti-fracking charter amendment proposal on ballot
by David SkolnickVindy.com
August 23rd, 2015
Youngstown, OH, residents qualify their Community Bill of Rights charter amendment banning fracking for the November ballot.
The Colorado Statesman: Activists tweak message, timing in latest anti-fracking ballot fight
by Valerie RichardsonThe Colorado Statesman
August 22nd, 2015
Colorado community groups and residents launch their campaign to place a community rights state constitutional amendment on the November 2016 ballot. Recognizing the common denominator underlying environmental and labor issues - an anti-democratic structure of law - residents seek to secure the right to local self-government with a growing number of allies.
E&E Reporter: Fracking foes ask Ohio Supreme Court to reinstate ballot drives
by Mike LeeEnergyWire
August 21st, 2015
Ten Ohio citizens from three counties sue the Ohio Secretary of State for acting on behalf of the oil and gas industry and blocking community rights county charter initiatives from the ballot.
NGI's Shale Daily: Ohio Organizers Sue Secretary of State For Invalidating Anti-Fracking Petitions
by Jamison CocklinNGI's Shale Daily
August 21st, 2015
CELDF files a lawsuit against Ohio Secretary of State for blocking communities from exercising their right to vote. Community rights county charter initiatives in 3 counties were signed by more than 9,000 people.
South County Spotlight: Judge sets path for voters to decide renewable energy ordinance
by Courtney VaughnSouth County Spotlight
August 21st, 2015
Columbia County, OR, residents secure a victory in court and are one step closer to beginning signature gathering on their Community Bill of Rights initiative. The measure bans fossil fuel transportation and codifies the people's right to a sustainable energy future.
Alternet: Fracking Fight Heats Up in Ohio
by Tish O'DellAlternet
August 21st, 2015
Environmentalist sue Ohio's secretary of state after he strips communities of the right to vote on fracking infrastructure projects.
Union Leader: Northern Pass project remains a lightning rod
by Dan SeufertUnion Leader
August 21st, 2015
Opposition to Northern Pass - a 180-mile proposed route through NH of high transmission wires and steel towers reaching 140 feet in height - remains strong. CELDF partner, the New Hampshire Community Rights Network, stands strong to protect residents' right to decide whether or not Northern Pass sites here.
The Medina Gazette: Lawsuit filed against Jon Husted over Medina County charter ballot issue
by Nick GluntThe Medina-Gazette
August 21st, 2015
Disregarding the rights of residents in three counties to vote on their own community rights county charter initiative, the Ohio Secretary of State disagrees with the content and removes the measures from the ballot. All three counties file suit against him to bring the measures to a vote.
Akron Beacon Journal: Local groups sue Husted over invalidating Nov. 3 charter initiatives in Medina, Fulton and Athens counties
by Bob DowningAkron Beacon Journal
August 20th, 2015
Th Ohio Secretary of State determines Ohio communities may not vote on county charter initiatives that are duly qualified for the ballot. Communities determine they will fight for their right to vote.
The Athens News: Charter committees ask state Supreme Court to allow anti-fracking proposals on the November ballot
The Athens News
August 20th, 2015
Ohio counties - their community rights charter amendments tossed off the ballot by the Ohio Secretary of State - press on to the Ohio Supreme Court to enforce their right to vote on their own initiatives.
The Olympian: Fracking foes sue Ohio elections chief over ballot ruling
by Julie Carr SmythThe Olympian
August 20th, 2015
Ohio counties fight back as their Secretary of State rules against the people and in favor of the oil and gas industry.
The Leap: In Colorado, A Revolutionary New Coalition Stands for Community Rights
by Simon Davis-CohenThe Leap
August 19th, 2015
A community rights state constitutional amendment campaign is launched in Colorado, and it includes a coalition of communities concerned not only about fracking, but also worker rights and a fair minimum wage. Both are possible under the state amendment, which secures rights to local self-government.
Denver Business Journal: Proposed Colorado amendment would give locals more say on fracking, wages
by Ed SealoverDenver Business Journal
August 17th, 2015
Coloradans for Community Rights submitted language for their proposed state constitutional amendment initiative for the November 2016 ballot. The community rights amendment would secure rights to local self-government, including the right to ban fracking.
Fulton County Expositor: Husted nixes charter proposal
by David J. CoehrsFulton County Expositor
August 17th, 2015
Supporters of Fulton County, OH's county charter initiative decry the Ohio Secretary of State's recent decision to block Fulton, Medina, and Athens Counties' initiatives, which were slated to be on the November ballot. County residents face fracking infrastructure projects threatening clean air and pure water.
The Athens News: Ohio Secretary of State says: No vote on local charter
by David DeWittThe Athens News
August 17th, 2015
Athens County, OH, residents join Medina and Fulton County residents in appealing the Ohio Secretary of State's assertion that the people cannot vote on their county charter initiatives. At stake: fracking wastewater and LNG pipelines threatening communities' health, safety, and welfare.
EnergyWire: Ohio secretary of state tosses anti-fracking elections in 3 counties
by Mike LeeEnergyWire
August 17th, 2015
Ohio communities working to advance community rights at the municipal and county levels partner with CELDF as they determine next steps following Ohio Secretary of State's determination to throw out the county initiatives.
Akron Beacon Journal: Ohio groups unhappy with Husted decision on charter votes
by Bob DowningAkron Beacon Journal
August 17th, 2015
The Ohio Secretary of State rules communities have no right to vote on their county charter initiatives to ban fracking and create direct democracy through initiative and referendum. Residents assert such rights cannot be stripped away by any governing authority.
Akron Beacon Journal: Groups to seek Ohio constitutional change on community rights
by Bob DowningAkron Beacon Journal
August 17th, 2015
While the Ohio Oil and Gas Association celebrates the Ohio Secretary of State's ruling to block community rights county charter initiatives banning fracking, communities vow they will press on to assert their democratic rights.
WFMJ.com: Anti-frackers hope to make Youngstown's November ballot
by Janet RogersWFMJ
August 16th, 2015
Youngstown, OH, residents submitted signatures to place their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking on the ballot. The Ohio Secretary of State's recent anti-democratic decision concerning county charter initiative's is not expected to impact Youngstown residents' efforts.
Vindy.com: Petition decision & tyranny
by Heidi Jo KroeckVindy.com
August 16th, 2015
In a letter-to-the-editor, a Youngstown resident blasts Ohio's Secretary of State for protecting oil and gas interests over the rights of the people of Ohio to vote on their own county charter initiatives.
NewsNet5: Medina County can't vote to ban fracking
by Homa BashNewsNet5
August 16th, 2015
Medina County, OH, residents bristle at Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted's unilateral decision to block their county charter initiative from the November ballot, along with Fulton and Athens Counties' initiatives. Communities are seeking to use county charters to protect themselves from fracking.
The Columbus Dispatch: Ohio counties can’t vote to ban fracking, Husted rules
by Laura ArenschieldThe Columbus Dispatch
August 14th, 2015
One man - Ohio's Secretary of State - decides that the more than 9,000 people who petitioned to vote on county charter initiatives in 3 counties, may not exercise their inalienable right.
The Athens News: Secretary of State sides with Athens County charter protest, rejects proposal for November ballot
by David DeWittThe Athens News
August 13th, 2015
Disregarding the rights of residents in Athens, Medina, and Fulton counties to vote on their own county charter initiatives, Ohio's Secretary of State determines the duly qualified measures may not be on the November ballot.
Akron Beacon Journal: Meigs County group sues commissioners on charter initiative
by Bob DowningAkron Beacon Journal
August 13th, 2015
Meigs County, OH, residents determine to use the courts to force their elected County Commissioners into action. The Commissioners have refused to vote to place the people's qualified county charter initiative on the ballot.
Inlander: Envision Spokane fires back against mayor's legal challenge
by Jake ThomasInlander
August 12th, 2015
CELDF assists Envision Spokane in asking a judge to dismiss efforts to keep the people's Worker Bill of Rights off the ballot. Spokane, WA's, mayor filed the lawsuit.
Sentinel-Tribune: Citizens should be able to vote on charters against pipelines
by Lisa KochheiserSentinel-Tribune
August 12th, 2015
Fulton County, OH, resident urges the people's right to vote on their own county charter initiative not be prevented - by either a few individuals within the county, or by the Ohio Secretary of State.
The Kane Republican: Intervention filed in lawsuit to defend Highland Twp.
The Kane Republican
August 12th, 2015
A community group, Highland Township government, and the Crystal Spring Ecosystem join together in filing to intervene in a lawsuit brought by Seneca Resources against the people of Highland Township in Pennsylvania. Seneca claims a right to inject wastewater. The people - and the Crystal Spring Ecosystem - claim the right to say no. (See page 1)
The Athens News: Ohio Secretary of State to decide on charter protest this week
by David DeWittThe Athens News
August 9th, 2015
Several Ohio Counties are advancing community rights through county charter initiatives to protect themselves from fracking wastewater injection wells and LNG pipelines. A few residents and industry allies have filed to block the people from voting. The Ohio Secretary of State is reviewing the issue and will give his opinion this week.
The Blade: ‘Bill of rights’on fall ballot opposed in gas line feud
by Tom HenryThe Blade
August 9th, 2015
One resident of Fulton County, OH, attempts to block all citizens from voting on their own community rights county charter initiative, which was duly qualified for the November ballot.
The Indiana Gazette: Letter to the Editor: The Grant Case of Aug. 8, 2014
by Judy WanchisnThe Indiana Gazette
August 9th, 2015
In a letter-to-the-editor, residents of Grant Township, PA, mark the one year anniversary of the Grant Case, wherein PGE Corporation filed a lawsuit to overturn Grant's Community Bill of Rights banning frack wastewater injection wells. Residents promise they will stand by their democratic rights to protect their community, regardless of PGE's bullying tactics.
The Spokesman-Review: People, not city, should vote on workers' bill of rights
by Shawn VestalThe Spokesman-Review
August 5th, 2015
As the City of Spokane sues its own citizens in an attempt to keep a Worker Bill of Rights off the ballot, this opinion piece points out the hypocrisy and the anti-democratic tactics of City Hall.
The Athens News: Editor’s column wrong about proposed county Bill of Rights
by Dick McGinnThe Athens News
August 5th, 2015
Athens, OH, resident speaks to the origins of the Athens County charter initiative, which was drafted to protect the county from frack wastewater and the removal of clean water for fracking.
Inlander: City of Spokane wants Worker Bill of Rights initiative off ballot, files suit
by Jake ThomasInlander
August 3rd, 2015
The city of Spokane attempts to keep the people of Spokane from voting on their own Worker Bill of Rights, filing a lawsuit to block the duly qualified initiative from the November ballot.
The Athens News: Athens citizen protests county charter
by David DeWittThe Athens News
August 3rd, 2015
Despite the will of over 2,000 Athens County, OH, residents to place a county charter initiative on the ballot in November, two residents seek to block it from a vote by the people.
The Athens News: Proposed charter/bill of rights is all about democracy
by Joan JurichThe Athens News
August 3rd, 2015
Athens County, OH, resident explains the community rights charter initiative as a recognition of rights, and protection of the health, safety, and welfare of the Athens County community.
The Medina-Gazette: County charter ballot initiative challenged by residents
by Loren GensonThe Medina-Gazette
July 31st, 2015
Placing oil and gas interests over community health, safety, and welfare, a handful of Medina residents - some with oil and gas industry ties - files protests against the Medina community rights county charter initiative. The initiative qualified for the November ballot. Residents face LNG pipelines cutting through the county.
The Athens Messenger: Protest filed against proposed Athens County charter
by Steve RobbThe Athens Messenger
July 30th, 2015
An Athens County, OH, resident attempts to keep a community rights county charter initiative off the ballot for a vote by the people. Residents across the county are faced with frack wastewater injection wells, and are seeking a county charter initiative to codify their right to local self-government, and clean air and water.
DGR News Service: Thomas Linzey: The Coal Trains’ Track to Nowhere
by Thomas LinzeyDGR News Service
July 28th, 2015
CELDF Executive Director and Spokane, WA, resident Thomas Linzey decries efforts to mitigate harms from coal and oil trains passing through Spokane. He calls for action to confront the oil and gas industry directly - for the sake of ending unsustainable energy production and protecting human and natural communities.
Lancaster Online: Why I will fight a $25 fine for disorderly conduct
by Kimberly KannLancanster Online
July 27th, 2015
Conestoga Township, PA, resident Kimberly Kann stands strong for the right to speak in a public meeting - a right denied to her last May when she was arrested for speaking at a public meeting. Township residents are working to protect themselves from a 42 inch LNG pipeline. Read her story here.
The Athens News: Commissioners certify charter proposal
by David DeWittThe Athens News
July 26th, 2015
As Athens County residents advance their community rights charter amendment to the November ballot, opponents begin working against the initiative. Athens residents face frack wastewater injection wells, and seek to codify their right to local self-government.
The Spokesman-Review: Workers Bill of Rights proposal qualifies for Spokane ballot
by Nicholas DeshaisThe Spokesman-Review
July 25th, 2015
Spokane, WA, residents successfully place a Worker Bill of Rights initiative on the November ballot. The city council is working to place advisory questions on the ballot as well, to deter voters from supporting the measure.
WSILTV.com: Anti-Fracking Group Drafting Community Bill of Rights
by WSIL ManagerWSILTV.com
July 25th, 2015
Recognizing they live in a corporate state that is forcing fracking into communities, Jackson County, IL, residents hold an event to launch their community rights campaign to protect their health, safety, and welfare.
The Southern Illinoisan: Anti-fracking group drafting a community bill of rights
by Dustin DuncanThe Southern Illinoisan
July 24th, 2015
Jackson County, IL, residents launch a campaign to advance a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking as a violation of their rights to clean air and water.
Lancaster Online: Editorial - Speaking up is not a crime
Lancaster Online
July 23rd, 2015
The editorial board of Lancaster Online defends Kimberly Kann's first amendment right to speech at a public meeting, where she was arrested in May for making statements rather than asking questions. Kann is a community rights supporter, advancing local self-government to protect Conestoga Township, PA, from a 46" LNG pipeline.
Lancaster Online: Conestoga woman found guilty of disorderly conduct at home rule meeting
by Ad CrableLancaster Online
July 21st, 2015
In Conestoga Township, PA, residents face a 42 inch LNG pipeline, against their will. At a public meeting this spring, where township supervisors required only questions be asked, resident Kimberly Kann asserted her first amendment right to make statements. She was arrested for doing so.
The World: Your View: Kudos from the other end of the LNG pipe
by Cliff WillmengThe World
July 21st, 2015
Fourteen hundred miles separate them, but they share the same struggle against the oil and gas industry. Here, the people of Colorado express esprit de corps with and appreciation of the people of Oregon as both states advance community rights to stop fracking and its infrastructure and make real the promise of democratic self-governance.
The Post: Thanks to anti-fracking group, Athens residents to vote on county's powers
by Alisa WarrenThe Post
July 21st, 2015
Athens County, OH, residents advance community rights through a county charter initiative slated for the November ballot. Residents overcame a Board of Elections attempt to block the initiative from the ballot.
The Columbus Dispatch covers Columbus, OH, residents determined to protect their community from fracking
by Zack LemonThe Columbus Dispatch
July 21st, 2015
Shy of the required number of valid signatures, Columbus, OH, residents determine to gather signatures again as they work to advance a Community Bill of Rights charter amendment banning solid frack waste.
The Athens News: Despite ruling, boards haven’t yet put charter on ballot
by David DeWittThe Athens News
July 20th, 2015
Athens County, OH, residents celebrate their victory in court, but still wait for their Board of Elections and County Commissioners to place their community rights charter initiative on the November ballot.
Akron Beacon Journal: Right for communities
Medina County, OH, resident urges a community bill of rights in Medina County, to protect against the corporate state and its forcing of harms into communities.
Cleveland.com: Beware of corporate lobbyist advice on your Bill of Rights: Tish O'Dell, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
by Tish O'DellCleveland.com
July 19th, 2015
CELDF community organizer Tish O'Dell speaks up for Ohio residents and their rights to local self-government and to protect their own health, safety, and welfare in the face of corporate fracking infrastructure projects.
The Athens Messenger: Athens County charter headed to November ballot
by Steve RobbThe Athens Messenger
July 15th, 2015
Athens County, OH, residents move a step closer to protecting their right to clean water as a judge rules their community rights county charter initiative is valid and should be placed on the ballot. The charter would ban frack waste water and the use of clean water in fracking.
NR Today: Guest Column: Douglas County residents won't benefit from pipeline
by Stacey McLaughlinNR Today
July 15th, 2015
Undeterred by attempts to block their Community Bill of Rights initiative, Douglas County, OR, residents vow to exercise their rights to local self-government and to a sustainable energy future in the face of LNG pipelines threatening their county.
WOUB Digital: Judge Rules County Charter Measure Should be Placed on the November Ballot
by Mengchen Li WOUB Digital
July 15th, 2015
Athens residents applaud judge's decision to place their community rights county charter initiative on the ballot for November. The Board of Elections attempted to stop the measure from moving forward.
The Medina-Gazette: Medina County Commissioners reluctantly certify charter ballot issue
by Katie Anderson The Medina-Gazette
July 15th, 2015
The Ohio grassroots group Sustainable Medina County receives support from county residents to place their community rights county charter initiative on the ballot for November, while county commissioners vow to campaign against the initiative. Commissioners imply residents' rights are secondary to state law.
The Athens Messenger: Court to decide if county charter will be on ballot
by Steve RobbThe Athens Messenger
July 14th, 2015
As the Athens County Board of Elections attempts to stop a citizens' county charter initiative from going on the ballot, the community rights group supporting the measure requested the court decide. The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.
Variety: Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Grants $15 Million for Conservation Efforts
by Justin KrollVariety
July 14th, 2015
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation supports CELDF's work to recognize community rights and the rights of nature.
WOUB Digital: Bill of Rights Committee Protests Election Decision
by Mengchen LiWOUB Digital
July 13th, 2015
Determined the people of Athens County have a right to vote on their own measure, residents protest the Athens County Board of Elections' refusal to advance their community rights county charter initiative to the November ballot.
The Post: County charter would establish home rule
by Glenn WojciakThe Post
July 13th, 2015
Medina County, OH, residents seek to protect themselves fracking and infrastructure projects, and codify their right to local self-government through a county charter initiative. The Board of Election approved the measure for the November ballot.
The Athens News: People of Athens County have legitimate gripe against injection wells
by Lois D. WhealeyThe Athens News
July 12th, 2015
Athens, OH, resident urges community rights county charter amendment to address corporate lobbyists allying with ODNR to make Athens County a frack wastewater dumping ground.
The Athens News: Group appeals election board rejection of charter measure
by David DeWittThe Athens News
July 12th, 2015
The Athens County, OH, Board of Elections attempts to block the people's county charter initiative from getting on the November ballot. CELDF is assisting residents to challenge the decision.
The Athens Messenger: Court might decide if charter issue should be on ballot
by Steve RobbThe Athens Messenger
July 10th, 2015
Board of Elections in Athens County, OH, puts up roadblocks to keep the people's community rights county charter initiative off the November ballot. Residents advancing the initiative take steps to move the issue to court.
The Athens News covers Bill of Rights case and the growing momentum of Community Rights
by Terry SmithThe Athens News
July 6th, 2015
While the judiciary in Ohio refuses to listen to arguments for community rights, communities across the state continue to advance those rights, insisting on engaging in democratic, local self government, to protect health, safety, and welfare against the oil and gas industry.
The Washington Times covers Broadview Heights, OH, community group refusing to surrender their rights
by The Associate PressThe Washington Times
July 4th, 2015
Determined to protect their community, Broadview Heights residents plan to appeal a recent court decision in which the judge refused to acknowledge the plaintiff's community rights.
The Post: Bill of Rights Committee files petition to ban injection wells, increase county power
by William T. PerkinsThe Post
July 2nd, 2015
Athens County, OH, residents work to protect the county from fracking waste water through establishing a county charter form of government to allow initiative, and ban injection wells.
The Columbus Dispatch: Charter amendment in Columbus sought to ban fracking
by Zack LemonThe Columbus Dispatch
July 2nd, 2015
Democracy was in action yesterday as Columbus residents submitted 13,587 signatures to place a Community Bill of Rights charter amendment on the ballot in November. Residents are concerned for clean air and water, as fracking and its waste threaten communities.
NBC4i.com: Petition for an amendment to Columbus city charter
by Rick ReitzelNBC4i.com
July 2nd, 2015
Columbus, OH, may become a dumping ground for radioactive, solid fracking waste drill cuttings. Residents have submitted petitions to place a Community Bill of Rights charter amendment on the November ballot, banning the waste as a violation of rights.
The Gazette: Board of Elections to certify charter issue at Monday meeting
The Gazette
July 2nd, 2015
Medina County Board of Elections meets next Monday to certify signatures for a county ballot initiative to create a charter form of government. Residents are threatened with a LNG pipeline cutting through their communities, and are advancing community rights in their proposed charter to protect themselves.
The Columbus Dispatch: Charter amendment in Columbus sought to ban fracking
by Zack LemonThe Columbus Dispatch
July 2nd, 2015
Columbus, OH, residents submit signatures to place a Community Bill of Rights charter amendment on the ballot for November. Fracking waste threatens the city's water supply, and the bill of rights bans frack waste as a violation of rights to clean air, water and local self-government.
The Athens News: Prosecutor wants state AG’s view on charter proposal
by David DeWittThe Athens News
July 2nd, 2015
Athens County, OH, Prosecutor urges county residents be able to express their will. Athens County residents submitted petitions to create a county form of government in order to codify their right to self-government and protect themselves against fracking.
Akron Beacon Journal: Local News Brief - Medina County Signatures Submitted
Akron Beacon Journal
June 28th, 2015
Signatures to place a county charter form of government on the ballot for November in Medina County, OH, were submitted by residents today. The county faces LNG pipelines and residents are seeking initiative powers to protect themselves. Scroll down for Medina County.
My Daily Sentinel: Home Rule group presents petitions to Meigs BOE
by Lindsay KrizMy Daily Sentinel
June 25th, 2015
In Ohio, the Meigs County Home Rule Committee turned in well over the required number of signatures to place a county charter on the ballot for November to allow initiative for county residents, who currently have no local self-governing authority.
The Athens Messenger: Signatures submitted for county charter initiative
by Sara BrumfieldThe Athens Messenger
June 25th, 2015
Athens County residents - faced with fracking wastewater - submitted almost double the necessary signatures to place an initiative on the ballot for a county charter form of government, expanding residents' right to local self-government.
Toledo News Now: Signatures gathered to put Nexus Pipeline to vote
by Alie HoxieToledo News Now
June 24th, 2015
Fulton County, OH, residents, facing LNG pipelines cutting through their communities, turn to their inalienable right to local self-government to protect themselves. More than 1,500 signatures were turned in to place a County Charter on the ballot in November to expand community rights.
The Athens News: Democracy Day event elaborates on charter for Athens County
by David DeWittThe Athens News
June 14th, 2015
Athens County residents - facing unprecedented amounts of frack wastewater disposal - hold a Democracy Day event to examine a County charter form of government that would codify their right to initiative and referendum.
South County Spotlight: Judge hears arguments in energy ordinance lawsuit
by Courtney VaughnSouth County Spotlight
June 12th, 2015
Attempts to stifle the democratic initiative process were heard in court in Columbia County, OR, on Monday. Residents are advancing a Community Bill of Rights initiative for the ballot, which would protect clean air, water, and the right to local self-government, as the County is threatened by industrial fossil fuel transportation.
Foster's Daily Democrat: Reclaiming community rights is nothing new
by Michelle SanbornFosters.com
June 3rd, 2015
A New Hampshire Community Rights Network Board member traces Community Rights back to colonial New England, where residents reclaimed those rights from the British Crown in the American Revolution - and where Community Rights are being reclaimed again today.
The Indiana Gazette: Grant Township residents criticize injection well plan
by Chauncey RossThe Indiana Gazette
June 2nd, 2015
Grant Township, PA, residents continue their fight to protect their community as PGE applies for a new permit to site a frack wastewater injection well. Any permit or well siting would be illegal, as residents adopted a CELDF-drafted Community Bill of Rights banning injection wells last year.
Lancaster Online: Gas pipeline company Williams undermines local way of life
by Mark ClatterbuckLancaster Online
May 26th, 2015
Martic Township, PA, resident Mark Clatterbuck lays out the assaults on his community by Williams Partners as corporate reps work to site an industrial pipeline through Lancaster County. Martic residents promise they will not stop protecting their community.
The Daily Item: Wrong about home rule
by Sue LaidackerThe Daily Item
May 24th, 2015
Mount Pleasant Township, PA, resident deplores the role of intimidation in blocking a Home Rule Study Commission in May elections. Home Rule would broaden self-government powers of residents, who are facing a LNG pipeline project.
The Indiana Gazette: Peggy Clark Grassroots Environmental Leadership Awards
The Indiana Gazette
May 21st, 2015
The East Run Hellbenders Society of Grant Township, PA, received an environmental leadership award for their work with CELDF to protect the Township from a wastewater injection well using a Community Bill of Rights.
TribLive: Grant Township in Indiana County to pursue home rule charter
by Kari AndrenTribLive
May 21st, 2015
With nearly 80% of Grant Township, PA, voters approving a Government Study Commission, residents are aiming to place a Home Rule Charter, giving citizens initiative and referenda powers, on the November ballot. The Township faces a fracking wastewater injection well, and last year adopted a Community Bill of Rights banning the disposal of wastewater within the Township.
Aurora Advocate: Portage County group hoping to create charter; info meeting planned in Aurora
by Dan PompiliAurora Advocate
May 20th, 2015
Portage County, OH, residents, working to protect their county from fracking wastewater injection wells, assert that inalienable rights cannot be taken from the people, and government derives its authority from We the People. Residents are gathering signatures to place a Community Bill of Rights County Charter, which bans injection wells, on the November ballot.
Record-Courier: LTE - Portage 'Bill of Rights' deserves support
by Bill BrotjeRecord-Courier
May 20th, 2015
Portage County, OH, resident urges support for a community right County Charter to protect the community from harmful fracking wastewater, understanding there is no remedy in our government.
Cleveland.com: Broadview Heights won't appeal ruling allowing gas drilling
by Mary KilpatrickCleveland.com
May 20th, 2015
While the city government in Broadview Heights refuses to appeal a county judge's decision that the people of Broadview Heights have no right to local self-government and to protect their own health and safety, residents continue in their class action lawsuit, asserting their inalienable right to govern and protect themselves.
Lancaster Online: Despite home rule defeat, Martic and Conestoga residents vow to continue fight against pipeline
by Ad CrableLancaster Online
May 20th, 2015
Martic and Conestoga Townships, in Pennsylvania, vow to continue their efforts to expand local decision-making and protect their communities from industrial gas pipelines.
Cleveland Scene: Medina County Auditor Says NEXUS Pipeline Will Reduce Property Values
by Eric SandyCleveland Scene
May 18th, 2015
While Medina County, OH, residents advance a community rights County Charter initiative to protect their communities from the NEXUS pipeline, which threatens air, soil, and water, the County Auditor releases a statement that property values will be harmed by the pipeline as well.
Lancaster Online: What is track record of community-rights ordinances sought by some in Conestoga and Martic townships?
by Ad CrableLancaster Online
May 17th, 2015
Residents of Martic and Conestoga Townships, PA, drive a grassroots expansion of rights as they vote Tuesday to expand local democratic control through Home Rule. Both Townships are threatened with an industrial LNG pipeline.
The Indiana Gazette: Grant Township to get say on home rule
by Randy WellsThe Indiana Gazette
May 17th, 2015
Grant Township, PA, residents pursue home rule as a means to expand democratic decision-making in their community, and protect themselves further from harmful corporate activities, such as PGE's attempting to inject frack wastewater within the Township.
Lancaster Online: Home rule needed in Martic Township
by Malinda Harnish ClatterbuckLancanster Online
May 15th, 2015
Martic Township resident urges home rule in upcoming election due to the arrogant and disrespectful behavior of their elected Supervisors, who refuse to protect the community from a proposed pipeline project.
Lancaster Online: What we know about pipeline, home rule
by Jody WitekLancanster Online
May 15th, 2015
Conestoga resident reminds the community that detrimental financial impacts from a proposed pipeline far exceed possible financial harms from a home rule study initiative. Conestoga residents are considering home rule to protect themselves from the pipeline.
Lancaster Online: Republican Party no help against pipeline
by Debbie SwansonLancaster Online
May 15th, 2015
Lacking support from their elected Supervisors to protect them against a 42-inch pipeline project, Conestoga Township residents urge the community to support studying Home Rule in the upcoming elections.

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