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Peace & Justice Report's Bob Conners Interviews CELDF's Thomas Linzey
Peace & Justice Report
July 2nd, 2014
Thomas Linzey, Executive Director of CELDF, is interviewed on the Peace & Justice Report about CELDF's work with people and communities across the U.S. and internationally since 1995. CELDF partners with communities to assert fundamental rights to democratic local self-governance, recognize nature’s rights, and end destructive corporate actions aided and abetted by state and federal governments.
We the People Rising Up: Rejecting Corporate Control One Community at a Time (Part I)
June 4th, 2014
CELDF's Thomas Linzey is the keynote speaker in a Community Rights event in Eugene, OR, on June 4th. Learn about how people in 200 communities across the U.S. are beginning to rewrite American constitutional law, elevating the right of local, community self-government above corporate "rights" and powers.
We the People Rising Up: Rejecting Corporate Control One Community at a Time (Part II)
June 4th, 2014
In Part II, updates from Ann Kneeland of Community Rights Lane County; Audrey Moore of the Freedom From Pesticides Alliance in Josephine County; and Clint Lindsey, Benton County Community Rights Coalition.
CKUT25 90.3 FM Montreal: CELDF's Mari Margil discusses Community Rights Organizing
February 3rd, 2014
Michael Simkin with CKUT25 90.3 FM Montreal interviews CELDF's Mari Margil about CELDF's partnering with communities across the country - and internationally - to use Community Rights to change our structure of law, asserting the rights of communities to clean air and water, and to local, sustainable food and energy systems, over corporate "rights" to cause harm.
CELDF's Natalie Long, Illinois Community Rights Organizer, is interviewed by Niala Boodhoo on WBEZ 91.5 Chicago's Afternoon Shift
by Niala BoodhooWBEZ 91.5 Chicago
January 17th, 2014
In Johnson County, IL, Community Rights supporters are launching a ballot initiative campaign to urge County Commissioners to adopt a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking. CELDF Organizer Natalie Long talks about Community Rights and fracking in Johnson County.
CELDF's Thomas Linzey at the New Mexico Coalition for Community Rights Symposium on November 2nd in Santa Fe
November 2nd, 2013
The New Mexico Coalition for Community Rights (NMCCR) held it's first annual symposium in Santa Fe on November 2nd. See Thomas Linzey's presentation here.
KVSF 101.5 The Julia Goldberg Morning Show: CELDF Executive Director discusses local rights movement
by Julia Goldberg Morning ShowKVSF 101.5 The Voice of Santa Fe
October 31st, 2013
CELDF's Thomas Linzey talks about a new Community Rights movement to change our structure of law so that communities' rights to clean air & water, to create local & sustainable systems, & the right to local self-governance are recognized over corporate "rights" to cause harm.
CELDF's Northwest Community Rights Organizer Kai Huschke speaks on Washington's Initiative I-517, on the ballot 11/5. Click here to listen.
by CELDF
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.
WNTK Talk Radio 99.7 FM: 'Live and Local' with Ben Sarro interviewing Steve Kudlik of Grafton, NH
by Ben SarroWNTK Talk Radio
September 2nd, 2013
Grafton, NH, resident Steve Kudlik is interviewed by WNTK Talk Radio's Ben Sarro on "Live and Local," on Grafton's Community Bill of Rights ordinance adopted by citizens to protect the community from unsustainable energy projects.
Fighting to Protect our Seed Heritage in Benton County: Clinton Lindsey of Willamette Valley, OR and co-founder of the Benton County Community Rights Coalition, is interviewed on Locus Focus.
by Barbara BernsteinKBOO Community Radio
March 27th, 2013
Clinton Lindsey is interviewed by Barbara Bernstein of KBOO Community Radio about Benton County Community Rights Coalition, formed to protect Willamette Valley from GMO seed and establish a right to a local, sustainable food system.
CELDF's Executive Director Thomas Linzey's keynote address at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference in Eugene, OR in March 2013
March 19th, 2013
CELDF's Thomas Linzey points out how traditional environmental law has failed us, and what communities are doing across the country to reclaim their democracy through a new legal paradigm.
CELDF's New Frontiers: Building a Grassroots Movement for Community Rights and the Rights of Nature - Slideshow Narrated by Thomas Linzey
CELDF produced a new slideshow narrated by Thomas Linzey which explains the problems we face as we seek to protect our communities from threats such as fracking, and what we need to do if we are to achieve sustainability and local democracy.
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.
Ferguson Twp, PA - Oct 18th Home Rule Charter Amendment Debate
Ferguson Township, PA
October 25th, 2012
A debate on amending the Ferguson Twp Home Rule Charter to include a Community Bill of Rights, set for a vote this November 6th.
View the trailer for “Rooted Lands – Tierras Arraigadas,” chronicling Community Rights organizing in New Mexico to protect residents and the land
by CELDF
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.
United Nations Radio: Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature promotes its cause at Rio+20
United Nations Radio
June 19th, 2012
The Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature is....calling for global recognition and acceptance of Rights of Nature. They say an essential step for achieving this is to introduce a system of jurisprudence that sees and treats Nature as a fundamental, rights bearing entity and not as mere property to be exploited at will.
CELDF's Kai Huschke Presents a Two Hour Workshop in Eugene, Oregon
April 9th, 2012
CELDF's Kai Huschke of Washington State leads a workshop on Community Rights in Eugene, Oregon, sponsored by the Climate Justice League for its Beyond Fossil Fuels campaign, and No Coal Eugene.
Rights of Mother Earth International Indigenous Conference: Understanding Rights, Respect, and Reciprocity
Indigenous Environmental Network
April 6th, 2012
The Indigenous Environmental Network held the Rights of Mother Earth International Indigenous Conference at the Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. In this video from a working group, Tom Goldtooth discusses the challenges facing the Indigenous Peoples, including resistance by world leaders and dealing with corporations. He speaks to the challenges the Indigenous Peoples face working with non-indigenous allies. CELDF’s Projects Director Ben Price and Global Exchange’s Shannon Biggs respond to some of these questions and concerns.
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.
Bulldog Live! with Brian Tilton on WTPL 107.7FM: An Interview with CELDF's Gail Darrell on March Town Meeting Outcomes in New Hampshire for Community Bills of Rights to stop the Northern Pass project
by "Bulldog" Brian Tilton"Bulldog" Live with Brian Tilton
March 26th, 2012
CELDF's New England Community Organizer Gail Darrell is interviewed by "Bulldog" Brian Tilton on WTPL 107.7FM "The Pulse". In March, several New Hampshire communities brought forward Community Bills of Rights at Town Meeting to stop the Northern Pass project and create the sustainable communities they envision. Listen here for what happened.
March 4th Occupy Portland: PSU Community Rights
by Joe Anybody
March 4th, 2012
A short interview by Joe Anybody about communities organizing around rights.
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.
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.
KDNK Community Radio's Shifting Gears: An Interview with CELDF's Mari Margil
KDNK Community Radio
January 3rd, 2012
William Evans, host of KDNK Community Radio program Shifting Gears in Carbondale, CO, interviews CELDF's Associate Director Mari Margil on the structure of law we live under that limits us from asserting our rights to health and the rights of nature--and how we can assert those rights through a grassroots movement.
KDNK Community Radio's Shifting Gears: An Interview with CELDF's Thomas Linzey - Part 1
KDNK Community Radio
December 16th, 2011
William Evans, host of KDNK Community Radio program Shifting Gears in Carbondale, CO, interviews CELDF's Executive Director Thomas Linzey on using municipal law-making to stop unwanted corporate projects and create the sustainable communities people envision.
KDNK Community Radio's Shifting Gears: An Interview with CELDF's Thomas Linzey - Part 2
KDNK Community Radio
December 16th, 2011
William Evans, host of KDNK Community Radio program Shifting Gears in Carbondale, CO, interviews CELDF's Executive Director Thomas Linzey on using municipal law-making to stop unwanted corporate projects and create the sustainable communities people envision.
Envision Spokane Supporters Surprised By Prop. 1 Returns
by Kylee Cruz, KXLY4 ReporterKXLY
November 8th, 2011
One surprise on Election Night was Spokane's so-called Community Bill of Rights, with only 115 votes separating the Yes and No columns. KXLY4's Kylee Cruz reports.
CELDF and Global Exchange: Occupy Wall Street
by CELDF & Global Exchange
October 31st, 2011
Activists Shannon Biggs of Global Exchange and Ben Price of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund participated in Occupy Wall Street people’s mic teach-in on October 26th at Liberty Park. They shared stories of helping communities insist their local governments make laws removing corporate rights and codifying community rights for local self-governance and decision-making about farming, hydro-fracking, water rights, and more. They gave their talk again at the nearby Epifaneo Collective cafe at 56 Walker Street which is this recording by Joe Friendly.
The Next Step: Beyond Sustainable Agriculture
October 31st, 2011
This is a short interview with Tom Linzey, the Executive Director of CELDF, a nonprofit organization that is working to limit corporate rights and restore the rights of nature. This is a piece created in association with Tree Media Group in Southern California as an addition to their documentary DVD, Urban Roots.
Envision Spokane: Community Rights, not Corporate Rights
September 28th, 2011
CELDF's local partner organization in Spokane, WA - Envision Spokane - is launching its ballot initiative campaign for a Community Bill of Rights with a series of videos. You can learn more about the campaign at www.envisionspokane.org.
Envision Spokane: Neighborhood Rights, Not Corporate Developer Rights
September 28th, 2011
CELDF's local partner organization in Spokane, WA - Envision Spokane - is launching its ballot initiative campaign for a Community Bill of Rights with a series of videos. You can learn more about the campaign at www.envisionspokane.org.
Envision Spokane: River Rights, Not Corporate Polluter Rights
September 28th, 2011
CELDF's local partner organization in Spokane, WA - Envision Spokane - is launching its ballot initiative campaign for a Community Bill of Rights with a series of videos. You can learn more about the campaign at www.envisionspokane.org.
Envision Spokane: Worker Rights, Not Corporate Employer Rights
September 28th, 2011
CELDF's local partner organization in Spokane, WA - Envision Spokane - is launching its ballot initiative campaign for a Community Bill of Rights with a series of videos. You can learn more about the campaign at www.envisionspokane.org.
CELDF's Ben Price on Local Self Governance and Rights of Nature (Part 1 of 3)
by Simon Kaiwai, Interviewer
August 5th, 2011
CELDF Projects Director Ben Prices talks with Simon Kaiwai of New Zealand, sharing knowledge of how communities have overcome such things as fracking, mining, water rights, human rights, GE, GMO, corporate personhood and unwanted state plans for their local environment.
CELDF's Ben Price on Local Self Governance and Rights of Nature (Part 2 of 3)
by Simon Kaiwai, Interviewer
August 5th, 2011
CELDF Projects Director Ben Prices talks with Simon Kaiwai of New Zealand, sharing knowledge of how communities have overcome such things as fracking, mining, water rights, human rights, GE, GMO, corporate personhood and unwanted state plans for their local environment.
CELDF's Ben Price on Local Self Governance and Rights of Nature (Part 3 of 3)
by Simon Kaiwai, Interviewer
August 5th, 2011
CELDF Projects Director Ben Prices talks with Simon Kaiwai of New Zealand, sharing knowledge of how communities have overcome such things as fracking, mining, water rights, human rights, GE, GMO, corporate personhood and unwanted state plans for their local environment.
CELDF's Thomas Linzey on Drilling and Fracking - Pittsburgh June 2011
June 11th, 2011
CELDF's Executive Director Thomas Linzey speaks in Pittsburgh in June 2011 on how communities are exercising their right to local self government as they face the threat of natural gas drilling and the practice known as "fracking." He spoke at a conference co-sponsored by CELDF and the City of Pittsburgh.
Pachamama Hosts Global Alliance for Rights of Nature in San Francisco
May 3rd, 2011
Thomas Linzey, Executive Director of CELDF, participates in a panel discussion on the history and development of the rights of nature, hosted by The Pachamama Alliance.
Sabrina Artel's Trailer Talk: The Marcellus Shale Water Project
February 19th, 2011
This audio piece is of Ben Price from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund speaking to residents of the Sullivan County Catskills in Eldred, New York. Ben Price explains how communities can fight corporate power with a new legal weapon.
Citizen Speaks Up for Community Self-Government, Plain Township, OH - 12-14-10
December 14th, 2010
Plain Township, Ohio is considering adoption of a local measure modeled on the Pittsburgh / Buffalo gas drilling ordinance. Discussion of the measure by Township Trustee Lou Giavasis on a radio program last week caused state Senator Kirk Schuring to back out of last night's meeting, pull the state regulatory agency reps, industry reps, and two State Representatives with him, announce that the Township meeting was canceled, and schedule a separate simultaneous meeting nearby. The heat of public criticism grew so great that Sen Shuring canceled his attempt to hijack the Township meeting, which proceeded as scheduled - without the drilling advocates.
The Farm Bureau - Factory Farm Champion, From 60 Minutes 2000. Part 1
While the Farm Bureau touts itself as a non-profit organization representing the interests of the small family farmer, in fact, it is a lobbying arm for corporate agri-business. And not only do they advocate for policies inimical to the small family farmer, the Farm Bureau's interests, investments, and lobbying extend beyond anything directly to do with farming. Watch these segments of 60 Minutes to learn more.
People of Nottingham Discuss their Water Rights Ordinance Campaign
50 in 52 Journey interview of Winona, Charlene Andersen, Mike Russo, Gail Darrell, Gail Mills, Chris Mills, & Marika Wilde in Nottingham, New Hampshire. When you live in a state with the motto "Live Free or Die" you don't just sit back and let things happen to you. This interview is of seven people who represent many in New Hampshire who were not willing to let a water bottling plant contaminate the well water they need and use to survive. Watch this video to see how this group of ordinary citizens fought back to take control of their community's most precious resource.