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Press Releases & Updates
State preemption prevails again in this week's decision from a Josephine County, OR, Circuit Court judge, overturning the people's democratically enacted ban on GMOs.
Today residents in Meigs County and the City of Waterville, OH, launched their petition campaigns to place rights-based initiatives before voters this November. Residents are organizing to stop fracking projects and protect rights to clean air and water.
Highland Township, PA's Home Rule Study Commission was voted in last month. Last night, they held their first meeting to begin consideration of becoming a Home Rule township, retaining CELDF as legal counsel.
A screening of Dear President Obama at Youngstown State Univ. provokes discussion on how to address fracking. It is not, says CELDF's Tish O'Dell, about pleading with elected officials. It's about the right to make governing decisions in the places we live.
The Secound American Revolution
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May 7, 2016
Pennsylvania residents face fracking harms, and are fighting to protect themselves. Join us for the Pennsylvania Community Rights Workshop on Sunday, May 7th - learn what is happening, why it's allowed, and how to stop it.
May 19, 2016
CELDF's Tish O'Dell speaks to Crawford County, OH, residents on the growing Community Rights Movement across the state.
June 11, 2016 — June 12, 2016
We the People 2.0 is a film featuring CELDF and communities across the United States, joining together to build a new people's movement for democratic and environmental rights. It's time for a Second American Revolution....
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Guest blogger Tish O'Dell of Broadview Heights, OH, observes that efforts to update frack waste regulations perpetuates harm. It's time to shift from slowing down the destruction of our communities and ecosystems, to stopping it.
North Carolina's HB2 is a new state law that preempts local laws that protect LGBT rights. This means that the state legislature deliberately and knowingly eliminated protections for the LGBT community in North Carolina. It's time for communities to take action.
Communities across the U.S. are stripped of their right to local self-government, and the right to protect themselves from corporate harms and the corporate state. Read how we are "Slaves in all but Name" in Community Rights Paper 11 - and what is possible with the Community Rights Movement.
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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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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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.