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Athens County, OH, residents worked with CELDF to file a protest today against their Board of Elections. The Board blocked their qualified County Charter initiative banning fracking wastewater injection wells from the November ballot.
OHCRN Statement: County Boards of Elections Attempt to Stifle Democracy: Meigs, Athens and Medina Counties
Efforts in Ohio by local Boards of Elections to block rights-based County Charter initiatives banning fracking fail to disempower We the People.
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 ...
Local elected officials in Lane County, OR, pander to corporate interests and work to block the right to citizen initiative. Lane residents are advancing three rights-based measures to protect their County from GMOs and toxic aerial spraying.
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July 7, 2016
London hosts We the People 2.0. Check it out here!
July 10, 2016 — July 17, 2016
Link TV airs CELDF's Thomas Linzey at the Earth at Risk conference. Learn more here!
July 20, 2016
Columbus, OH, residents bring We the People 2.0 to the City as they fight to protect themselves from fracking waste through rights-based initiatives.
July 22, 2016
Coos County, OR, residents host a showing of We the People 2.0, as they organize to protect themselves from fossil fuel export projects.
July 27, 2016 — July 29, 2016
Pennsylvania communities are being inundated by the oil and gas industry. Lancaster and Bethlehem residents are screening We the People 2.0 as part of their grassroots organizing to protect their communities.
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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.
Breaking the Planet takes an unflinching look at climate change, the legal and governing structures accelerating our own destruction, and the radical action necessary to cease the sweeping and violent damage being done to the planet, and us.
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.
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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!
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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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