It is with great sadness that we share the news of the loss of our friend and colleague, Gail Darrell. For nearly a decade, Gail has worked to protect communities across New England from corporate and government interests that sought to override the rights of ...


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CELDF In The News

The Athens News: Proposed charter/bill of rights is all about democracy
08/03/2015 - 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
07/31/2015 - 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
07/30/2015 - 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
07/28/2015 - 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.

From Our Blog

The Rights of Nature & Self-Governance – San Andres Archipelago, Colombia
07/20/2015 - The Raizal people of the Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia, and Santa Catalina off the coast of Colombia, work with CELDF to recognize the Rights of Nature and to achieve their right to self-determination. CELDF travels to the Archipelago this month. Learn more here.
Common Sense: A Community Rights Organizing “Primer” from CELDF
06/24/2015 - Trying to protect your community from any number of threats? Check out Common Sense, CELDF's community rights organizing primer.
On Community Civil Disobedience in the Name of Sustainability: The Community Rights Movement in the United States
06/24/2015 - Our existing system of law is aimed at constant development and extraction, and we are on the verge of a planetary crisis. It’s time to change our activism. This month, PM Press published CELDF’s White Paper on how we are changing our activism and building a new people’s movement aimed at fundamental, systemic change.