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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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Coal and oil trains passing through Spokane, WA, spark physician Gunnar Holmquist to take action, filing a CELDF-drafted Community Bill of Rights charter amendment banning the shipments as a violation of the right to a healthy climate and public safety.
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.
The Vindicator: An anti-fracking charter-amendment proposal could be in front of Youngstown voters for a sixth time
Youngstown, OH, residents show their grit and commitment as they advance their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking to the ballot for a vote by the people.
Youngstown, OH, residents assert their right to initiative as they advance a rights-based initiative to ban fracking as a violation of their right to clean water and a healthy environment. Residents gathered double the required number of signatures.
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June 22, 2016 — June 25, 2016
CELDF's Thomas Linzey tours Colorado as residents revolt against the corporate state, advancing Community Rights to protect themselves from fracking and other harms, and asserting their right to local self-government.
June 23, 2016
Colorado State University hosts CELDF's Thomas Linzey during the statewide Community Rights Tour. From the history of Community Rights and corporate power, to what residents in Colorado and across the country are doing about it, Linzey brings home what this people's movement is all about.
June 29, 2016
Residents in Tacoma, WA, host a screening of We the People 2.0 as they fight to protect their water through rights-based initiatives.
July 19, 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.
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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.
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.
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? They get sued. 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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