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Lincoln County, OR, residents qualify their Community Bill of Rights ordinance banning toxic aerial spraying for the May 2017 ballot.
Oil and gas industry threatens criminal lawsuits against local elected officials taking a stand to protect their communities' health, safety, and welfare. In Grant Township, PA, Township Supervisors are undeterred, vowing to continue their fight to protect ...
In Ohio and elsewhere, when democracy threatens the oil and gas industry, those occupying our legal and governing structures take liberty in interpreting the law on industry's behalf. The result: democratic suppression and an open door to frack.
A Waterville, OH, residents speaks up on a compressor station: "If our political leaders will not protect our children, then we the people must pass our own law to protect Waterville." Residents are voting on a Community Bill of Rights in November.
Thomas Linzey & Derrick Jensen
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October 22, 2016
Communities across the state are fighting for min. wage laws, LGBT rights, and a healthy environment, and to stop harms such as fracking, wage slavery, and police brutality. Attend the Community Rights Workshop on how and why those harms are happening, and what communities are doing about it - Saturday, October 22nd.
October 22, 2016
The Pennsylvania Community Rights Workshop is being held in Homer City, PA, in Elk County. Residents face fracking activities and are organizing to protect themselves. Join us October 22nd!
October 26, 2016
A free screening of We the People 2.0 in York, PA, will be held Wednesday, October 26th.
October 27, 2016
Check out this screening of We the People 2.0 in Barrington! Learn more here.
November 14, 2016 — November 15, 2016
CELDF's Thomas Linzey and environmental writer and author Derrick Jensen speak in Virginia in November. Learn more!
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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.
The Standing Rock Sioux have much to teach us: grieving for the loss of land and threat to water, taking action to protect what belongs to no one, being in solidarity, and taking a stand for life.
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.
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.
Stand up with the people of Tacoma as they fight to protect their right to water and their right to vote!
Sign Up Now to Support Youngstown, OH, Fighting for Community Rights
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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