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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.
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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.
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.
Lafaytte, CO, City Councilwoman Merrily Mazza co-sponsors the Lafayette Climate Bill of Rights and Protections, calling for nonviolent civil disobedience to end unjust laws under the corporate state.
The Ohio legislature adopted HB 463, further stripping communities of local control. Portage County residents speak out, vowing they will press forward with a county-wide rights-based charter.
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January 7, 2017
Kai Huschke, CELDF's Pacific Northwest community organizer, is interviewed on Mrs. Green's World on January 7th. Check it out here!
January 12, 2017
CELDF's Mari Margil is in Oregon on January 12th, presenting on the Rights of Nature and CELDF's pioneering work to recognize the rights of ecosystems to exist and flourish. Join us!
January 18, 2017
Check out CELDF's community organizer Chad Nicholson speaking on Community Rights at Senator Daylin Leach's event in King of Prussia, PA.
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.
January 19, 2017
Community Rights is a game-changer, such that people in the communities where they live are making the decisions about those things impacting them. Learn more January 19th in St. Helens, OR, with CELDF's Kai Huschke.
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Regardless of our political affiliations, the Supreme Court claims enormous power over our lives. How does this body of government have the authority to restrict rights of "we the people," while expanding rights of corporations and property?
While President-elect Trump appoints climate change deniers to office, Earth is hurtling towards ecosystem collapse. Communities are working to protect our environment through the recognition of its fundamental rights.
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.
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.
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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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