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Residents of Lafayette, CO, file a first-of-its-kind class action lawsuit against the State, Governor John Hickenlooper, and the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, to protect the rights of the people of Lafayette to self-governance - including their right to ban fracking.

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CELDF In The News

Akron Beacon Journal: Kent voters to decide on community bill of rights on Nov. 4
08/26/2014 - Kent, OH, City Council unanimously approved placing a citizen-initiated Community Bill of Rights on the November ballot. If adopted, the bill of rights would ban fracking.
BroadView Journal: Energy companies challenge community bill of rights in court
08/23/2014 - Oil and gas companies file suit against Broadview Heights, OH, arguing a corporate "right" to frack. Residents file a motion to intervene, arguing the community's right to local self-governance and to protect clean air and water supersedes any corporate claimed "rights."
The Colorado Statesman: How Congressman Jared Polis and Food and Water Watch sold out Colorado
08/21/2014 - CELDF's Thomas Linzey calls out the blatant sellout of Coloradans by a Congressman who had claimed to support communities banning fracking, and a non-profit's abandonment of helping protect Coloradans from fracking.
EcoWatch: Colorado Town Sues State, Gov. Hickenlooper and COGA to Protect Right to Ban Fracking
08/21/2014 - Lafayette, CO, residents file a preliminary injunction to protect their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking.

From Our Blog

Network Coordinator to Advance the New Hampshire Community Rights Network
07/25/2014 - CELDF announces Michelle Sanborn as our new New Hampshire Community Rights Network Coordinator. Michelle led her hometown of Alexandria, NH, in adopting a Community Bill of Rights banning unsustainable energy development projects in March 2014.
Why the People of the Big Island Can’t Ban GMOs Without Challenging Corporate “Rights”
07/11/2014 - A simple ban on GMOs in Hawai'i County misses addressing our structure of law and governance that allows GMOs at all. To successfully stop them, ordinances are needed that challenge that structure and remove corporate claimed "rights" to plant GMOs against community wishes.
CELDF Statement on New York Fracking Decision
07/01/2014 - We congratulate the victory in the New York Court of Appeals for banning fracking. We also recognize the Court, rather than affirming communities' right to local self-governance, instead affirmed the state legislature may at any time remove those bans. Read more here.
Daily Kos: New Civil Rights Movement
06/15/2014 - A diary from occupystephanie draws parallels between Community Rights and other rights' movements, and describes CELDF's work with municipalities across the U.S. to leverage those rights to protect ourselves and the natural environment from corporate harms.