We The People 2.0 - The Film
Cathy Miorelli's Story: "I’d rather get sued than do nothing while my kids and my community were poisoned."
Doug Shields' Story
“The corporate state expects obedience. They are getting defiance. Community Rights is our refusal to bow down, and our insistence on protecting our communities.”
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Press Releases & Blogs
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection sues Townships with Community Rights Home Rule Charters to force in fracking injection wells.
This week the High Court of Uttarakhand, a state in India, recognized the personhood rights of the River Ganga and River Yumana - a step towards recognizing the rights of nature to exist and flourish.
A state agency charged with protecting the health and safety of communities and the natural environment sues Grant and Highland Townships in Pennsylvania, attempting to force in frack wastewater injection wells against the will of the people.
Ohio and Pennsylvania residents are inundated with environmental harms, and have had enough. Join the Communities Rising tour, featuring voices from the front lines in the wave of direction action against the corporate state. Check it out here.
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March 21, 2017 — April 6, 2017
Join us on our tour of Oregon with We the People 2.0 and Community Rights conversations in March and April - learn what you can do to protect the places you live!
April 1, 2017
Cleveland, OH, residents explore what myriad issues - from immigration bans, LGBTQ discrimination, and police brutality, to fracking, pipelines, and GMOs - have in common: a legal structure that places corporations and privilege above people and ecosystems. Join us April 1st.
April 2, 2017
Barnstead, NH, residents are leaders in the Community Rights Movement. Coming up, they host We the People 2.0 as they continue their work to grow Community Rights and protect their Town. Learn more here.
April 6, 2017
Join Key Center, WA, residents for a screening of We the People 2.0 - The Second American Revolution. Q & A to follow.
April 7, 2017 — April 10, 2017
Ohio and Pennsylvania residents are inundated with environmental harms, and are taking action to protect themselves and advance Community Rights. Check out Ken Ward and other front line leaders on this tour.
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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.
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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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