We The People 2.0 - The Film
Cathy Miorelli's Story: "I’d rather get sued than do nothing while my kids and my community were poisoned."
Doug Shields' Story
“The corporate state expects obedience. They are getting defiance. Community Rights is our refusal to bow down, and our insistence on protecting our communities.” Read Doug's story and donate today to help CELDF continue supporting communities advancing rights!
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News from the Grassroots
Desmog: Oregon County Faces Gas Industry Funding, Lobbyists in Battle to Halt Jordan Cove LNG Project
The battle against big money is on in Coos County, OR. With support for industry coming from the White House, Coos residents are up against an all out propaganda war as they fight to protect their community from an LNG export terminal.
What does it mean for rivers' rights to be recognized, and how is it changing our relationship with nature? CELDF's Mari Margil co-authors this exploration in The Guardian.
Oil and gas industry donates more than $300,000 to defeat Coos County, OR, residents' Right to a Sustainable Energy Future Ordinance.
The first steps towards recognizing the rights of rivers to exist and flourish are taken in New Zealand and India, advancing the growing movement to recognize the rights of nature.
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April 21, 2017 — April 22, 2017
Join CELDF's Mari Margil and other featured speakers for dialogue and action to bring harmony and balance between humans and nature.
April 28, 2017 — April 29, 2017
After years of pesticide use in their community, Eugene, OR, residents are exploring Community Rights to stop the harm and protect their community. Join them April 28-29 at Democracy School to learn more!
April 30, 2017
Join us for the Community Rights Awareness Workshop in Barnstead, NH on April 30th!
May 4, 2017
Durham, NH, residents are organizing to protect the Great Bay and Piscataqua waterways, threatened by Eversource's Seacoast Reliability Project. Join them for a screening of We the People 2.0 on May 4th.
May 5, 2017 — May 6, 2017
Organizing to protect themselves from oil and coal trains passing through their City, Spokane, WA, residents hold Democracy School May 5-6. Learn more here!
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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.
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.
Grant Township, PA, residents make history as the first community in the U.S. to legalize nonviolent civil disobedience to protect their community from a fracking wastewater injection well.
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.
Sign up now to show support for their uncompromising commitment to protect their community.