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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.
Press Releases & Updates
Across the United States and around the world, CELDF's work to advance the Rights of Nature is growing. Check out our highlights from 2016 and take a look ahead for 2017.
The British are fighting to protect their communities from fracking, as we are in the U.S. We share a common history: the claimed rights of property exceed the rights of human and natural communities. People are fighting to change it.
A huge crowd of residents from Bowling Green and beyond gather to show their overwhelming support of City Council members to vote against an easement for the Nexus pipeline. Council did so unanimously.
It's not just water that's privatized and stripped from local control. Youngstown, OH's education system has been seized from the public and put into private hands. What happens in Youngstown will happen to us. What are we going to do about it?
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December 1, 2016
Join CELDF's Tish O'Dell in Ohio, speaking at the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus on December 1st.
December 3, 2016
Join Toledo residents as they learn how our structure of law and governance blocks them from protecting their community from harms such as fracking and dumping in Lake Erie, and what they can do about it. Check it out on December 3rd!
December 11, 2016
Media, PA, residents host a screening of We the People 2.0, on December 11th. Learn more here!
December 15, 2016
Eugene, OR, hosts a showing of We the People 2.0 on December 15th. Learn more here!
January 18, 2017
Fracking waste disposal threatens Columbus, OH, residents, who are organizing to protect themselves using Community Rights. Join them January 18th for a screening of We the People 2.0.
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We live in a corporatized police state. Violence to protect property and suppress people is condoned by the power elite. Rather than pleading for the system to reform itself, we must dismantle it and build anew.
Upset with the Electoral College and disturbed by the implications of who was elected President? Let's look a little deeper and see what's really going on - and how our "democratic" system is doing exactly what it was engineered to do.
Trump ideology is poised to take over all three branches of government. And yet the fundamental and powerful principal of government's purpose - to protect the health, safety, and welfare of we, the people - remains, and is realized through the right to local community self-government.
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.