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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.
Press Releases & Updates
In November, both Grant Township and West Chester Borough, PA, residents adopt community rights measures to assert their authority for self-determination and to protect themselves from fracking activities.
The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund turns 20 years old! What began as a mission to help communities fight permits has evolved into a Community Rights Movement for people and nature.
Broadview Heights, OH, residents' CELDF attorney presents oral arguments on the people's inalienable right to protect their communities from fracking over the corporate claimed "right" to frack.
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 ...
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January 29, 2016 — January 30, 2016
The Colorado Community Rights Network hosts the national Democracy School in Denver, CO, January 29 - 30. In Democracy School, learn about the Community Rights organizing model as a tool so protect communities and create justice and sustainability.
February 16, 2016
The Ohio Community Rights Network presents a community rights street theater production on February 16th in Medina County. The people have the power to change the corporate state, stop harmful pipelines and create sustainable communities!
March 20, 2016
Youngstown, OH, residents face fracking harms, and are fighting to protect their city. Join us for the Ohio Community Rights Workshop on Sunday, March 20th - learn what is happening, why it's allowed, and how to stop it.
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In the U.S., laws securing civil rights, worker rights, and environmental protections have been pinned not on Congress’s authority to protect people or nature, but on its authority to regulate commerce. The U.S. Constitution was written to protect property and commerce, rather than human and nature’s rights. The Community Rights Movement is working to change that.
What does a property and commerce driven U.S. Constitution mean for native Hawai’ians? Through a relentless and inexorable colonization process over many decades, including superimposing the U.S. Constitution on the people of the islands, community decision making was effectively swept away and put into the hands of corporations and the U.S. government.
It is with great sadness that we share with you the loss of our friend and colleague, Gail Darrell. For nearly a decade, Gail has worked to protect communities across New England from corporate and government interests that sought to override the rights of people, communities, and nature.
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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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.
Sign Up Now to Support Spokane’s Worker Rights Efforts
Spokane, WA, workers, like workers across the U.S., live under a structure of law and governance that favors big business exploitation and profits over the rights of workers. This November, they will vote to change that, with their first-in-the-nation Worker Bill of Rights ballot initiative.
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