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We are not a typical environmental organization. We assist communities to develop first-in-the-nation, groundbreaking laws to protect rights – including worker, environmental, and democratic rights, and rights of nature. CELDF provides free and low cost legal services, grassroots organizing, and education, to communities, states, and countries facing injustice. We help them to assert their rights to fight the harms they face. Learn more about how we work, or call us now at: 717-498-0054.
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CELDF Blog: Worried about SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch? Remember, movements don't begin and end at the Supreme Court steps
Driving rights forward requires our joining together in advancing cultural and legal change - it will not begin with the Supreme Court.
PR: Spokane Arrestees Sue U.S. Government: Seek to Overturn Federal Preemption of Local Health and Safety Laws Concerning Coal and Oil Trains
CELDF files lawsuit against the federal government, asserting federal law preempting municipal control of fossil fuel rail shipments violates residents’ constitutional right to a healthy climate and local self-government.
When our government fails to protect us from fracking activities, we must do so ourselves.
Coos County, OR, residents advance rights to stop Jordan Cove LNG export project.
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February 23, 2017 — February 25, 2017
We the People 2.0 - The Second American Revolution, is showing in February at CEFF. Join us!
February 23, 2017
A phone gathering to examine Rights of Nature, how it's protecting communities and ecosystems, and strategies to continue growing those rights at the grassroots.
February 24, 2017 — February 25, 2017
Join us for Democracy School in Spokane, WA, February 24th - 25th. Learn more here!
March 4, 2017
Join Columbus residents as they learn how our structure of law and governance blocks them from protecting their community from harms such as fracking, police brutality, slavery wages, and more - and what they can do about it. Check it out on March 4th!
March 10, 2017
Check out We the People 2.0 in Pittsburgh, PA, on March 10th!
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The corporate state justifies obliterating local democracy through claims to be protecting the interests of residents across the state. We can no longer tolerate this tyranny.
Propaganda is key to controlling our political landscape. Media literacy is crucial to our social activism - we must understand the elite's control of mass media and how it distorts reality if we are going to stop the corporate state.
Grant Township, PA, residents make history as the first community in the U.S. to legalize nonviolent civil disobedience to protect their community from a fracking wastewater injection well.
A Problem: Corporations have been granted rights allowing them to wreak havoc in communities for over 200 years.We can stop this. Here's how...
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Stand With Tacoma, WA, in Their Fight for Democratic Rights
What happens in Tacoma when the people exercise their inalienable right to protect their water, and their democratic right to initiative? The corporate state strips those rights. But Tacomans are clear that they will protect their community and their water. The corporate elite’s attempts to intimidate them through the courts is failing.
Stand up with the people of Tacoma as they fight to protect their right to water and their right to vote!
Sign Up Now to Support Youngstown, OH, Fighting for Community Rights
Youngstown, OH, residents, like many communities across the U.S., live under a structure of law and governance that favors big business exploitation and profits over the democratic and environmental rights of communities. With the oil and gas industry and their own local government working against them, the Youngstown community refuses to give up.
Sign up now to show support for their uncompromising commitment to protect their community.