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CELDF's Northwest Community Rights Organizer Kai Huschke speaks on Washington's Initiative I-517, on the ballot 11/5. Click here to listen.
October 30th, 2013
CELDF's Kai Huschke speaks on Washington's Initiative I-517, on the ballot 11/5. I-517 in part protects residents' right to vote on qualified initiatives.
October 2013 CELDF Update
October 17th, 2013
Read here about Sangerville, ME's, Community Bill of Rights; the Oregon legislature's attempts to preempt local communities; CELDF's Farm and Food Rights Summit in Hawaii; and CELDF in Australia.
September 2013 CELDF Update
September 25th, 2013
Learn about CELDF in Australia, growing efforts to keep Community Rights initiatives off the ballot, and our upcoming Democracy Schools.
Frack-Backers Launch Anti-Democratic Strikes
by Ben PriceCELDF
September 12th, 2013
A flurry of procedural attempts to keep people from voting on their own qualified Community Bills of Rights initiatives is taking place in Ohio.
Why a Rights-Based Ordinance in Nottingham?
August 10th, 2013
Chris Mills, co-founder of the Nottingham Water Alliance, writes on why a Community Rights Ordinance for Nottingham.
July 2013 CELDF Update
July 8th, 2013
From details about a new Community Rights Movement, to where and how Community Rights are being asserted, see what's happening this month with CELDF and our partners. Local Lawmaking: A Call for a Community Rights Movement
by Thomas Linzey, Esq, Executive
July 2nd, 2013
CELDF's Thomas Linzey, Executive Director, on communities across the country practicing non-violent, civil disobedience through municipal law-making. These communities are challenging our legal system, stopping harmful corporate practices and creating the sustainable communities they envision. It is the beginnings of a Community Rights movement.
CELDF partner Paul Cienfuegos speaks in Portland, OR
May 27th, 2013
CELDF partner Paul Cienfuegos speaks in Portland, OR on 5/25 at a Rally Against Monsanto. Click here & go to 25:30 to see his speech about the Community Rights Movement.
Read the Dirt: Does Food Sovereignty Exist in the United States? Food and the Community Rights Movement
by Trisha MandesRead the Dirt
May 8th, 2013
Trisha Mandes on the Community Rights Movement to challenge corporate and state hegemony over our food systems.
CELDF Statement: A New Civil Rights Movement: Liberating Our Communities from Corporate Control
May 6th, 2013
A Pennsylvania Judge Holds That Corporations Are Not “Persons” Under the Pennsylvania Constitution.
Voices of Central PA: Monday Morning Pipeline News
by Katherine WattVoices of Central PA
April 9th, 2013
State College residents are facing a gas pipeline running through their community. Resident Katherine Watt urges City Council to recognize this issue is about community rights to protect their own health, safety, and welfare, as asserted in their Home Rule Charter amendment establishing a Community Bill of Rights. Matt Damon's "Promised Land": The Good, Bad, and Misrepresented
by Alexander
January 8th, 2013
Alexander Lotorto reviews Matt Damon's movie Promised Land, in part praising its bringing attention to the issue of shale gas drilling and fracking, while critiquing its depiction of PA women and rural townspeople. Read more here.
Lee Einer of the New Mexico Coalition for Community Rights, interviews CELDF's Thomas Linzey, E.D., in the Fall 2012 edition of EcoSource Magazine
December 23rd, 2012
Linzey begins by reframing the regulatory system, including the permitting process, as regulating the rate of destruction of nature, and the impact corporate “rights” has on communities that want to protect nature. He talks about the groundwork being laid today by communities passing Community Bill of Rights that ultimately will drive constitutional change to create a new legal framework stripping corporate "rights" and recognizing nature’s and communities’ rights.
CELDF's Executive Director Thomas Linzey returns to Craig Barnes' Our Times on Santa Fe's Public Radio KSFR
December 12th, 2012
Craig Barnes of Our Times interviews Thomas Linzey, examining our regulatory system, how it regulates the rate of destruction and our activism, and how we can do things differently through challenging the structure and asserting community rights.
View the trailer for “Rooted Lands – Tierras Arraigadas,” chronicling Community Rights organizing in New Mexico to protect residents and the land
October 2nd, 2012
View the trailer for “Rooted Lands – Tierras Arraigadas,” chronicling Mora County, NM residents’ grassroots efforts leading to the first Community Rights Ordinance in the county, and how it is drawing communities together from across the state to stop gas and oil drilling and assert community rights and the rights of nature.
CELDF's Associate Director Mari Margil is interviewed by KOWS Radio Occidental's Ken Rose on his program, What Now
September 17th, 2012
CELDF's Associate Director Mari Margil speaks to the structure of law we live under that prevents us from asserting our rights to local self-governance and creating sustainable communities, and what communities across the country are doing to challenge and change that structure.
KUNM: Las Vegas Passes Ban on Drilling
by Sidsel OvergaardKUNM
April 3rd, 2012
Sidsel Overgaard of KUNM New Mexico's Community Powered Public Radio reports on Las Vegas, New Mexico's historic action to pass a Community Bill of Rights ordinance to protect their water and prohibit shale gas drilling and fracking.
Wisdom Voices: Thomas Linzey - "We're beginning to awake from our slumber"
by Joanne BoyerWisdom Voices
April 1st, 2012
Grassroots organizing. Local communities reinserting themselves into the decision making process that impacts their communities. “We the People” reclaiming our role in democracy. Those elements serve as the most effective tools at our disposal today to fight the environmental battles of the 21st century says Thomas Linzey, Executive Director and co-founder of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. “There cannot be sustainability unless people who are impacted by certain decisions are actually making the decisions about what impacts their communities,” Linzey said in a recent interview with Wisdom Voices.
Our Times: Program host Craig Barnes interview CELDF's Executive Director Thomas Linzey on KSFR 101.1 FM Santa Fe Public Radio
by Craig BarnesOur Times
February 4th, 2012
Our Times host Craig Barnes interviews CELDF's Executive Director Thomas Linzey on the Community Rights Movement emerging out of CELDF's grassroots work across the country with local municipalities to subordinate corporate rights to the rights of communities to self-governance.
Earth Air Waves: An End to Begging and Pleading?
by Sidsel OvergaardKUNM
January 24th, 2012
Sidsel Overgaard of KUNM, New Mexico's Community Powered Public Radio, interviews CELDF's Thomas Linzey about elevating community rights and rights of nature above corporate "rights" to protect local communities and ecosystems.
CELDF's Executive Director Thomas Linzey is interviewed by Faren Dancer of KTRC 1260 AM "Unicopia Green Radio"
by Faren DancerUnicopia Green Radio
January 20th, 2012
CELDF's Executive Director Thomas Linzey is interviewed by Faren Dancer of KTRC 1260 AM "Unicopia Green Radio" on corporate "rights", and how communities are using their local municipal government to elevate community rights above those claimed by corporations.
Global Exchange's People to People Blog: The Best Government the 1% Can Buy: Is Reversing Citizens United or Corporate Personhood Enough?
by Shannon BiggsGlobal Exchange
January 19th, 2012
Which president told Congress: “I recommend a law prohibiting all corporations from contributing to the campaign expenses of any party…let individuals contribute as they desire; but let us prohibit in effective fashion all corporations from making contributions for any political purpose, directly or indirectly?” If you recognize this Presidential quote, it probably means you’re a history buff (or you watch too much Jeopardy). The correct answer: Who was Theodore Roosevelt? While the speech has become a notable quotable, it’s often forgotten that it followed public outrage surrounding Roosevelt’s acceptance of huge corporate contributions that locked-in his election in 1904.
KALW Local Public Radio's Your Call: An Interview with CELDF's Thomas Linzey and Global Exchange's Shannon Biggs
by Rose AlguilarKALW
January 5th, 2012
Rose Alguilar, host of Your Call in San Francisco, CA on KALW 97.1FM, interviews CELDF's Executive Director Thomas Linzey and Global Exchange's Director of Community Organizing Shannon Biggs about how communities can organize to change local laws to protect themselves from corporate interests and create the communities they envision.