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The General Council of the Ho-Chunk Nation votes overwhelmingly to amend their tribal constitution to enshrine the Rights of Nature - the first tribal nation in the United States to take this critical step. A vote of the full membership will follow.
The Ohio Supreme Court finds on behalf of the oil and gas industry and the colluding state government. The people's duly qualified rights-based county charter measures are again blocked from the ballot. One Justice dissents, defending the right to local self-government.
Athens County, OH, residents' frustration grows as the corporate state refuses to recognize their authority to vote on their own county charter measures. Residents face threats to their water, air, and soil from fracking wastewater injection wells, and were ...
A U.S. District Magistrate Judge refused to allow community or ecosystem intervention in the Highland Township, PA, case, where communities are fighting to stop a frack wastewater injection well. CELDF files an appeal on their behalf to the United States Court ...
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October 12, 2016
Like so many other communities across the country, Norfolk, VA, residents face daily threats to their health, safety, and welfare from corporate activities. On October 12th, The Naro Cinema hosts We the People 2.0, exploring what Norfolk residents can do about it.
October 14, 2016
CELDF's Mari Margil will be speaking on indigenous rights and the rights of nature on Friday, October 14th, in La Crosse, WI. Join us!
October 19, 2016
Grafton and Winham, VT, face industrial wind turbines threatening their communities' and ecosystem health and well-being. They host WTP 2.0 as part of their organizing on October 19th.
October 22, 2016
Communities across the state are fighting for min. wage laws, LGBT rights, and a healthy environment, and to stop harms such as fracking, wage slavery, and police brutality. Attend the Community Rights Workshop on how and why those harms are happening, and what communities are doing about it - Saturday, October 22nd.
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While we may expect to see powerbrokers in both major political parties drown out grassroots voices, it's happening at the local level as well. Local government officials and the judiciary act as corporate allies, killing the right to initiative across the U.S.
The Standing Rock Sioux have much to teach us: grieving for the loss of land and threat to water, taking action to protect what belongs to no one, being in solidarity, and taking a stand for life.
More than thirty U.S. mayors from fourteen states call on state legislatures to recognize the right of localities to protect the health, safety, and welfare of their communities from fracking - a right CELDF has been working with communities to advance since 2010.
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.
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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.
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