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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.
Akron Beacon Journal: Portage County group kicks off community rights charter plan
by Bob DowningAkron Beacon Journal
May 14th, 2015
Portage County, OH, residents join the growing uprising of counties acting to protect themselves from fracking injection wells and LNG pipelines through advancing community rights county charter initiatives.
Lancaster Online: Week before home rule referendum vote, Martic supervisors send warning letters to residents
by Ad CrableLancaster Online
May 13th, 2015
Martic Township, PA, residents seek to study Home Rule as a means to protect themselves from LNG pipelines. Elections are next week. The latest opposition move from their elected Supervisors is sending warning letters to residents - at tax-payers' expense - implying they should not vote to consider Home Rule.
Lancaster Online: Anti-home rule campaign seems to be run from on high
by Leslie Blue BuntingLancaster Online
May 11th, 2015
Conestoga Township, PA, resident follows the money trail behind the anti-home rule campaigns taking place in three Pennsylvania Townships voting on studying home rule as a means to protect themselves against LNG pipelines slated for their Townships.
Denton Record-Chronicle: Thomas Linzey: Denton must stand up for its rights
by Thomas LinzeyDenton Record-Chronicle
May 8th, 2015
CELDF's Thomas Linzey appeals to Denton, TX, residents to challenge state preemption and the corporate claimed "right" to frack by adopting a Community Bill of Rights - joining communities across the country who have partnered with CELDF to assert their right to local self-government to protect the environment and public safety.
The Gazette: Drillers and State of Ohio file motion to dismiss oil-gas well class action lawsuit
by John BensonThe Gazette
May 7th, 2015
Oil and gas drillers follow the state of Ohio's lead in filing to dismiss a class action lawsuit filed by Broadview Heights residents to protect their community rights. The community prepares to argue to secure and defend their inalienable rights to local self-government over corporate claimed "rights" to frack and state claimed preemption.
The Athens Messenger: Meigs County group seeks charter form of government to ban injection wells
by Sara BrumfieldThe Athens Messenger
May 7th, 2015
Meigs and Athens Counties join forces to advance community rights through county charter initiatives, as they face frack wastewater injection wells threatening drinking water sources and local ecosystems.
WOUB Public Media: Bill of Rights, County Charter Launched in Meigs County
WOUB Public Media
May 7th, 2015
Meigs County, OH, launches their county charter initiative to advance community rights, as residents face frack wastewater injection wells and the importation of the waste by barge via the Ohio River at the Portland barge dock.
Lancaster Online: Home-rule supporters are concerned citizens
by Gene and Nancy BeckerLancaster Online
May 7th, 2015
In a letter-to-the-editor, Martic Township, PA, residents call for a study commission to consider Home Rule to empower residents to govern themselves. Martic Township - and other townships in Lancaster County - are facing a LNG pipeline cutting through their communities.
Corvallis Gazette-Times: M2-89 relies on 'community rights' to challenge Oregon statute
by Bennett Hall Corvallis Gazette-Times
May 5th, 2015
Benton County, OR, residents assert their inalienable right to local self-government - including their right to ban GMOs - through a Local Food Bill of Rights on the ballot this month. Controversy brews as claimed state preemption faces the people's inalienable rights.
Lancaster Online: What home rule supporters want
by Barry FinbergLancaster Online
May 4th, 2015
Advancing Home Rule in Martic Township, PA, says a resident in a letter-to-the-editor, is about communities empowering themselves in the face of unwanted industrialization, forced on them by corporations in partnership with government.
South County Spotlight: Lawsuit halting local activists' efforts violates First Amendment
by Greg WassonSouth County Spotlight
May 1st, 2015
An Oregon resident decries state and corporate representatives stifling the free speech rights of Columbia County residents circulating a Community Bill of Rights banning industrial oil shipments.
Lancaster Online: Arrest for making a statement at a public forum in Conestoga Twp.: Outrageous
by The LNP Editorial BoardLancaster Online
May 1st, 2015
The LNP editorial board in Lancaster County, PA, reprimands Conestoga Township, PA, Board of Supervisors for the arrest of a resident when she spoke out to clarify misinformation at a public meeting. Residents are threatened with LNG pipelines cutting through their community, and are pursuing community rights to protect themselves.
Lancaster Online: Conestoga Township resident arrested at microphone during home rule meeting
by Ad CrableLancaster Online
April 30th, 2015
Conestoga Township, PA, resident arrested at a public meeting because she made a statement about Home Rule. Township residents face a LNG pipeline and are using community rights through Home Rule to protect themselves - and face growing hostility from their Township Supervisors.
Lancaster Online: Scare tactics used against home rule
by Mark ClatterbuckLancaster Online
April 29th, 2015
Martic Township, PA, residents, facing LNG pipelines cutting through their community, advance community rights through Home Rule to protect themselves. In an effort to thwart their efforts, Township Supervisors insist only the Supervisors should make governing decisions - not the majority living in the community.
The Oregonian: Do plants have rights? GMO fight returns to Oregon with Benton County vote
by Molly HarbargerThe Oregonian
April 28th, 2015
Benton County, OR, residents advance a local Food Bill of Rights initiative to protect their local food system from GMOs in the Willamette Valley. The ballot measure will be voted on in May.
Earth Island Journal: Fighting Fossils, Letting Go of Regulatory Law
by Simon Davis-CohenEarth Island Journal
April 28th, 2015
Recognizing that environmental laws legalize harms, such as fracking and LNG pipelines, residents of Coos County, OR, are using community rights to elevate their rights to self-governance and to protect their health, safety, and welfare.
Fosters.com: CELDF can help communities
by Pamela MartinFosters.com
April 25th, 2015
In a letter-to-the-editor, New Hampshire resident and New Hampshire Community Rights Network member Pamela Martin recognizes CELDF's work to support communities in protecting their rights over corporate claimed "rights" and government interests.
The Corvallis Advocate: Local GMO Ban on May Ballot: Full Analysis
by Bethany Carlson, Rachel Sandstrom, Rob GoffinsThe Corvallis Advocate
April 24th, 2015
Finding no remedy in higher levels of government, residents of Benton County, OR, will vote in May on a Local Food Bill of Rights that would ban the use of GMOs as a violation of community rights to local, sustainable food systems.
Lancaster Online: Martic Township denies fire crew insurance info to home rule supporter
by Justin DoutrichLancaster Online
April 24th, 2015
As Martic Township, PA, residents pursue community rights through Home Rule to protect themselves from a LNG pipeline, they meet resistance from their own elected officials in gathering basic information for the public.
WOUB Public Media: Group Wants Charter Government For Athens County To Fight Fracking
by Sara BrumfieldWOUB Public Media
April 23rd, 2015
Residents of Athens County, OH, follow up on their successful campaign to ban fracking wastewater injection wells in Athens City, through a community rights campaign to protect people and the natural environment from that same wastewater through a county charter initiative.
The Gazette: Broadview Heights group awaiting judge's decision on oil-gas class action lawsuit
by John BensonThe Gazette
April 22nd, 2015
Broadview Heights, OH, residents stand behind their class action lawsuit to protect their right to local self-government and their health, safety, and welfare in the face of the threat of new fracking wells in their community.
The Athens News: Group pushes for county home rule, injection well ban
by David DeWittThe Athens News
April 22nd, 2015
Athens County, OH, residents launch their community rights county charter campaign to protect communities from fracking wastewater injection wells countywide, through citizen initiative powers.
The Post: Citizens group hopes charter will empower county to stop pipeline
by Glenn WojciakThe Post
April 21st, 2015
Medina County, OH, residents - finding no remedy in state government for the harms they face from proposed LNG pipelines - advance community rights through a citizens' initiative for a new county charter to protect themselves.
The Broadview Journal: Anti-drilling advocates address city council
by Jon HuffThe Broadview Journal
April 18th, 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.
The Medina-Gazette: Proposed charter aims to address pipeline projects in Medina County
by Scott KlineThe Medina-Gazette
April 18th, 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.
In These Times: Firing Big Green: Are National Environmental Groups Really Serving the People?
by Thomas LinzeyIn These Times
April 16th, 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.
The Bradford Era: Highland Township Supervisors meet with CELDF over injection well
by Chuck AbrahamThe Bradford Era
April 9th, 2015
Highland Township, PA, Supervisors meet with CELDF attorneys regarding a lawsuit filed by Seneca Resources to block the people's Community Bill of Rights banning frack wastewater injection wells. The Township not only has residents' support, but Elk County Commissioners as well.
Cleveland.com: Mothers Against Drilling protests court decision outside Broadview Heights City Hall (photos)
by Mary KilpatrickCleveland.com
April 7th, 2015
Broadview Heights, OH, residents protest a recent county court ruling siding with fracking corporations against the people's Community Bill of Rights banning fracking, which was adopted overwhelmingly by residents in 2012.
Columbus Free Press: Fracking Columbus
by Carolyn HardingColumbus Free Press
April 2nd, 2015
Ohio is a hot spot for not only fracking but dumping of frack waste. Columbus residents organize to adopt a CELDF-drafted Community Bill of Rights banning fracking and related activities, asserting their inalienable right to clean air, water, and a healthy environment.
Lancaster Online: Williams Partners files formal proposal to build 35 miles of pipeline through Lancaster County
by Ad CrableLancaster Online
April 1st, 2015
As FERC receives a formal application for a permit to build a 42 inch diameter LNG pipeline, Lancaster County residents continue to advance Community Rights to protect their communities, local ecosystems, and rights to local self-governance.
StateImpact: Towns take on gas industry, at their own peril
by Marie CusickStateImpact
March 30th, 2015
Undeterred by critics, communities across the U.S. - including Conestoga Township, PA - pursue Community Rights to challenge laws elevating corporate claimed "rights" over community authority to make local governing decisions.
Lancaster Online: Judge throws out challenges to home rule referendum for Conestoga, Martic townships
by Ad CrableLancaster Online
March 30th, 2015
Martic and Conestoga Townships in Lancaster County, PA, move a step closer to advancing Community Rights to protect themselves from an LNG pipeline: a County Judge threw out challenges to each of the Townships' efforts to place Home Rule on the ballot in May.
Corvallis Gazette-Times: Ballot fight brewing over GMOs
by Bennett HallCorvallis Gazette-Times
March 27th, 2015
As Benton County, OR, residents, organic and sustainable farmers, and local food rights advocates advance their rights-based Local Food System Ordinance to the ballot, pro-GMO and business interests begin a propaganda campaign in an attempt to undermine the measure.
The Athens News: Courts not competent to rule on community bills of rights
by Dick McGinnThe Athens News
March 26th, 2015
Athens, OH, community rights advocate asserts the City's Community Bill of Rights banning fracking is about civil rights; as such, those rights cannot be overturned by any court. [CELDF note: The county judge in the referenced Broadview Heights, OH, case ignored the Civil Rights of residents because the City never used those rights in the defense of the ordinance.]
The Kane Republican: Seneca now seeks court injunction against Highland Twp.
by Ted LutzThe Kane Republican
March 25th, 2015
While Seneca Resources insists it has suffered "irreparable harm" from Highland Township, PA's, Community Bill of Rights banning fracking injection wells, residents assert they have an inalienable right to protect their water, and continue to back their Supervisors to exercise that right.
The Gazette: County judge rules against Broadview Hts. Bill of Rights ban on gas-oil well drilling
by John BensonThe Gazette
March 25th, 2015
Broadview Heights, OH, residents urge a defense of their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking based on rights, not zoning and Home Rule.
Lancaster Online: Anti-home-rule group from Conestoga Township loses candidates in court ruling
by Ad CrableLancaster Online
March 25th, 2015
As Conestoga Township, PA, residents advance community rights to protect themselves from LNG pipelines, opponents to their organizing try to undermine their Home Rule efforts. A Lancaster County Court judge ruled in favor of community rights supporters.
The Spokesman-Review: Envision Spokane initiative would add workers’ rights to city charter
by Nicholas DeshaisThe Spokesman-Review
March 25th, 2015
Envision Spokane - a community, rights-based organization in Spokane, WA - is advancing a Worker's Bill of Rights for the November 2015 ballot that would protect workers' rights to a living wage, equal pay for equal work regardless of gender or race, and other rights for workers.
The Register-Guard: Ruling sidetracked GMO petition
by Greg WassonThe Register-Guard
March 23rd, 2015
In a Guest Viewpoint, Oregon resident decries the power of a Lane County Clerk to refuse to certify a Community Bill of Rights protecting local and sustainable food systems to the ballot for a vote by County residents. Such action is a violation of federal constitutional rights.
The Athens News: LTE: In column, NEWS editor missed some points about fracking ban
by Mike RoweThe Athens News
March 23rd, 2015
Athens, OH, resident speaks to the City's Community Bill of Rights protecting residents from fracking and injection well contamination of water, and advocates for expanding those rights to Counties in southeast Ohio that are otherwise vulnerable to the industry's harms. The state and ODNR in no way are protecting communities, so residents must.
Press Enterprise: Study: Pipeline means 472 jobs
by Michael LesterPress Enterprise
March 23rd, 2015
While an industry-funded study of economic implications of a proposed pipeline in Columbia County, PA, promises jobs, CELDF points out industry bias, and recognizes much broader harms to communities' health and safety, the environment, and democratic harms when the people are deprived of their right to decide whether or not they want the pipeline.
Lancaster Online: Martic, Conestoga residents' anti-pipeline effort to install home rule government challenged in court
by Ad CrableLancanster Online
March 23rd, 2015
Residents of Conestoga and Martic Townships, in Lancaster County, PA, turn to Home Rule to advance Community Bills of Rights through a vote of the people. Local private interests are challenging this democratic move.
Inlander: Envision Spokane files new Worker Bill of Rights initiative
by Jake ThomasInlander
March 20th, 2015
Envision Spokane advances a CELDF-drafted Worker's Bill of Rights to protect workers' rights to a living wage, and three other key provisions.
Windsor Now: Community rights discussion takes root in Windsor
by Allison Dyer BluemelWindsor Now
March 19th, 2015
Residents of Windsor, CO, work to place a rights-based Charter Amendment on the ballot for a vote by the people, to secure and protect community rights, and ban fracking as a violation of those rights.

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