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Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted demonstrates his loyalty to the oil and gas industry by trying to block citizen initiatives. The initiatives propose county charters that ban fracking activities. Residents are fighting back, appealing Husted's decision to ...
Highland Township Supervisors overturn their rights-based fracking wastewater injection well ban. They file a consent decree to allow an injection well, and receive approval by a federal judge. Residents vow to fight back and protect their community.
Desmog Blog: Ohio Residents Clash With State and County Government in Fight to Ban Fracking via the Ballot
The right to local democratic self-governance becomes a political debate as Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, county boards of elections, and the oil and gas industry block citizen initiatives banning fracking. Ohio residents refuse to surrender their fight ...
Highland Township, PA, residents turn to themselves to protect against unwanted fracking wastewater. Township Supervisors rescinded a Community Bill of Rights banning an injection well. Residents now consider home rule to ban the harmful waste.
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August 25, 2016
New Hampshire residents face industrial wind, corporate water withdrawals, fracking pipelines and more. They're organizing for change, and hosting a pre-screening of We the People 2.0 on August 25th. Join us!
August 29, 2016
CELDF's Tish O'Dell will speak on America's Work Force Radio on community and worker rights, minimum wage, and the right of local community self-government on Monday, August 29th.
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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.
Breaking the Planet takes an unflinching look at climate change, the legal and governing structures accelerating our own destruction, and the radical action necessary to cease the sweeping and violent damage being done to the planet, and us.
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.
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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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