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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
Learn the latest news from election day in Grant Township and West Chester, PA; Youngstown, OH; and Spokane, WA. And check out the launch of our new website!
Youngstown, OH, community rights supporters came within 345 votes of adopting their rights-based charter amendment banning fracking, and are ready to press forward.
CELDF's Thomas Linzey is interviewed by Steve Kendall on WBGU-TV on the growth of Community Rights in Ohio, as communities face fracking, pipelines, and other corporate harms.
Rather than protecting people's rights to local self-government and clean air and water, our legal and governing structures are designed to protect corporations as they cause harms to our communities. What can we do? Revolt.
Time for an Ohio Revolt
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November 1, 2015
The Columbus Community Bill of Rights hosts the Ohio Community Rights Workshop on Sunday, November 1st. Join us!
November 8, 2015
CELDF's Ohio organizer Tish O'Dell presents during a panel on the NEXUS pipeline threatening communities in Ohio, and how communities across the state are using community rights to protect themselves.
November 12, 2015 — November 17, 2015
CELDF's Thomas Linzey tours Ohio, where communities are taking on corporations and the state as they face fracking, wastewater injection wells, and pipelines.
November 19, 2015
CELDF's Kai Huschke speaks in Eugene, OR, on Spokane, WA's Worker Bill of Rights.
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“There is no unalienable right to local self-government.” That’s what Pennsylvania attorney general Thomas Corbett said to the Commonwealth Court as he tried to overturn a municipal ordinance banning the dumping of urban sewage sludge on farm land. Was he right?
The system is broken! At CELDF we hear this all the time from communities asking for our help. Yet, to our eyes, the system is actually working just fine for those who created it; it’s been fixed to work on behalf of corporations that are protected by our state and federal governments.
It is with great sadness that we share with you the loss of our friend and colleague, Gail Darrell. For nearly a decade, Gail has worked to protect communities across New England from corporate and government interests that sought to override the rights of people, communities, and nature.
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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Add Your Voice to Support Grant Township’s Fight for Home Rule
In 2014, Grant Township in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, was about to become the home for a fracking wastewater injection well, courtesy of Pennsylvania Energy Company (PGE). The 700 residents living in Grant Township didn’t think it was such a good idea and have been fighting diligently to establish rights for their community and environment to block this injection well.
Show your support for Grant Township and their fight for their rights and the rights of the Little Mahoning Watershed.
Sign Up Now to Support Spokane’s Worker Rights Efforts
Spokane, WA, workers, like workers across the U.S., live under a structure of law and governance that favors big business exploitation and profits over the rights of workers. This November, they will vote to change that, with their first-in-the-nation Worker Bill of Rights ballot initiative.
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