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Statement of County Commissioner John Olivas, Chairman, Mora County, New Mexico Board of Commissioners
by John Olivas
March 20th, 2014
Mora County, NM, Commission Chairman John Olivas calls on communities across the U.S. to support the people of Mora County as they face corporate assaults to have their Community Bill of Rights Ordinance banning fracking overturned. Only through standing together, he says, can we recreate “we the people,” and begin to build the communities we envision.
Not The Item: Blog post - Democracy School at Susquehanna University
Not The Item
March 19th, 2014
Democracy School in Selingsrove, PA, in February 2014, revealed for particpants the structure of law we live under that keeps us from getting what we want in our communities - and offered what we can do about it.
CELDF's February Update
February 24th, 2014
Read about upcoming Town Meetings in New England, where residents will vote on their CELDF-drafted Community Bills of Rights ordinances; CELDF in Ecuador for Rights of Nature; and our upcoming Democracy Schools.
CELDF in Octavalo, Ecuador, for a Rights of Nature conference.
February 16th, 2014
CELDF, a founding member of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, joined in an international gathering hosted by the Alliance in Octavalo, Ecuador, in January. Read more here.
Daily Kos - Food Fight: Local Media Coverage
by occupystephanieDaily Kos
February 11th, 2014
A diary from occupystephanie on Oregon Community Rights and sustainable food systems in the face of hostile state and corporate interests.
CELDF's January 2014 Update
January 31st, 2014
Read about what's happening in Colorado, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Maine, and New Hampshire. Click here to learn more!
FAQs - Pennsylvania Supreme Court Ruling on Act 13
December 20th, 2013
Q. Does the Act 13 ruling ban fracking in Pennsylvania? A. No. The Act 13 ruling allows municipal governments to return to their status prior to the adoption of Act 13 – that of being able to adopt local zoning ordinances which control where oil and gas drilling can occur on the surface within the community.
Resilience: A New Movement for Community Self-Determination
by David BollierResilience
December 18th, 2013
Blogger David Bollier sees Community Rights Networks as an antidote to corporations forcing themselves into communities and causing harm.
CELDF partner in Rights of Nature work, Fundacion Pachamama, Shut Down by Ecuadorian Government
December 6th, 2013
CELDF partner, Fundacion Pachamama, was shut down this week by the Ecuadorian government. Learn more on how you can help.
Center for Effective Government: Local Officials Standing Up to Protect Their Communities from Fracking
Center for Effective Government
December 5th, 2013
As Mora County, NM, and Lafayette, CO, face oil and gas industry challenges to their Community Bills of Rights banning fracking, we are re-posting an article from the Center for Effective Government on CELDF's work in providing support to communities through Community Rights.
Press Release: East Boulder County United statement on COGA's lawsuit against Lafayette's Community Rights initiative
East Boulder County United
December 4th, 2013
East Boulder County United is the community group supporting Lafayette, CO's, Community Rights initiative banning fracking - adopted by 60% of the voters this fall. They take a stand against the oil and gas industry as a lawsuit is filed to overturn the will of the people to protect their air and water.
Press Release: Ohio Community Rights Network Launched
by CELDF
November 18th, 2013
Residents from 11 Counties attended a statewide meeting calling upon communities across the state to join together in a Community Rights movement to elevate the rights of people, their communities, and nature, above the claimed "rights" of corporations.
November 2013 Elections Update
by CELDF
November 7th, 2013
Read here about election results in Colorado - where the 1st community in the state adopted a CELDF-drafted Community Bill of Rights banning fracking - and in Ohio, where the 4th community in the state adopted a similar initiative.
CELDF's Thomas Linzey at the New Mexico Coalition for Community Rights Symposium on November 2nd in Santa Fe
November 2nd, 2013
The New Mexico Coalition for Community Rights (NMCCR) held it's first annual symposium in Santa Fe on November 2nd. See Thomas Linzey's presentation here.
KVSF 101.5 The Julia Goldberg Morning Show: CELDF Executive Director discusses local rights movement
by Julia Goldberg Morning ShowKVSF 101.5 The Voice of Santa Fe
October 31st, 2013
CELDF's Thomas Linzey talks about a new Community Rights movement to change our structure of law so that communities' rights to clean air & water, to create local & sustainable systems, & the right to local self-governance are recognized over corporate "rights" to cause harm.
CELDF's Northwest Community Rights Organizer Kai Huschke speaks on Washington's Initiative I-517, on the ballot 11/5. Click here to listen.
by CELDF
October 30th, 2013
CELDF's Kai Huschke speaks on Washington's Initiative I-517, on the ballot 11/5. I-517 in part protects residents' right to vote on qualified initiatives.
October 2013 CELDF Update
October 17th, 2013
Read here about Sangerville, ME's, Community Bill of Rights; the Oregon legislature's attempts to preempt local communities; CELDF's Farm and Food Rights Summit in Hawaii; and CELDF in Australia.
September 2013 CELDF Update
by CELDF
September 25th, 2013
Learn about CELDF in Australia, growing efforts to keep Community Rights initiatives off the ballot, and our upcoming Democracy Schools.
Frack-Backers Launch Anti-Democratic Strikes
by Ben PriceCELDF
September 12th, 2013
A flurry of procedural attempts to keep people from voting on their own qualified Community Bills of Rights initiatives is taking place in Ohio.
Why a Rights-Based Ordinance in Nottingham?
August 10th, 2013
Chris Mills, co-founder of the Nottingham Water Alliance, writes on why a Community Rights Ordinance for Nottingham.
July 2013 CELDF Update
by CELDF
July 8th, 2013
From details about a new Community Rights Movement, to where and how Community Rights are being asserted, see what's happening this month with CELDF and our partners.
Occupy.com: Local Lawmaking: A Call for a Community Rights Movement
by Thomas Linzey, Esq, Executive DirectorOccupy.com
July 2nd, 2013
CELDF's Thomas Linzey, Executive Director, on communities across the country practicing non-violent, civil disobedience through municipal law-making. These communities are challenging our legal system, stopping harmful corporate practices and creating the sustainable communities they envision. It is the beginnings of a Community Rights movement.
CELDF partner Paul Cienfuegos speaks in Portland, OR
May 27th, 2013
CELDF partner Paul Cienfuegos speaks in Portland, OR on 5/25 at a Rally Against Monsanto. Click here & go to 25:30 to see his speech about the Community Rights Movement.
Read the Dirt: Does Food Sovereignty Exist in the United States? Food and the Community Rights Movement
by Trisha MandesRead the Dirt
May 8th, 2013
Trisha Mandes on the Community Rights Movement to challenge corporate and state hegemony over our food systems.
CELDF Statement: A New Civil Rights Movement: Liberating Our Communities from Corporate Control
May 6th, 2013
A Pennsylvania Judge Holds That Corporations Are Not “Persons” Under the Pennsylvania Constitution.
Voices of Central PA: Monday Morning Pipeline News
by Katherine WattVoices of Central PA
April 9th, 2013
State College residents are facing a gas pipeline running through their community. Resident Katherine Watt urges City Council to recognize this issue is about community rights to protect their own health, safety, and welfare, as asserted in their Home Rule Charter amendment establishing a Community Bill of Rights.
WeArePowerShift.org: Matt Damon's "Promised Land": The Good, Bad, and Misrepresented
by Alexander LotortoWeArePowerShift.org
January 8th, 2013
Alexander Lotorto reviews Matt Damon's movie Promised Land, in part praising its bringing attention to the issue of shale gas drilling and fracking, while critiquing its depiction of PA women and rural townspeople. Read more here.
Lee Einer of the New Mexico Coalition for Community Rights, interviews CELDF's Thomas Linzey, E.D., in the Fall 2012 edition of EcoSource Magazine
December 23rd, 2012
Linzey begins by reframing the regulatory system, including the permitting process, as regulating the rate of destruction of nature, and the impact corporate “rights” has on communities that want to protect nature. He talks about the groundwork being laid today by communities passing Community Bill of Rights that ultimately will drive constitutional change to create a new legal framework stripping corporate "rights" and recognizing nature’s and communities’ rights.
CELDF's Executive Director Thomas Linzey returns to Craig Barnes' Our Times on Santa Fe's Public Radio KSFR
December 12th, 2012
Craig Barnes of Our Times interviews Thomas Linzey, examining our regulatory system, how it regulates the rate of destruction and our activism, and how we can do things differently through challenging the structure and asserting community rights.
View the trailer for “Rooted Lands – Tierras Arraigadas,” chronicling Community Rights organizing in New Mexico to protect residents and the land
by CELDF
October 2nd, 2012
View the trailer for “Rooted Lands – Tierras Arraigadas,” chronicling Mora County, NM residents’ grassroots efforts leading to the first Community Rights Ordinance in the county, and how it is drawing communities together from across the state to stop gas and oil drilling and assert community rights and the rights of nature.
CELDF's Associate Director Mari Margil is interviewed by KOWS Radio Occidental's Ken Rose on his program, What Now
September 17th, 2012
CELDF's Associate Director Mari Margil speaks to the structure of law we live under that prevents us from asserting our rights to local self-governance and creating sustainable communities, and what communities across the country are doing to challenge and change that structure.
KUNM: Las Vegas Passes Ban on Drilling
by Sidsel OvergaardKUNM
April 3rd, 2012
Sidsel Overgaard of KUNM New Mexico's Community Powered Public Radio reports on Las Vegas, New Mexico's historic action to pass a Community Bill of Rights ordinance to protect their water and prohibit shale gas drilling and fracking.
Wisdom Voices: Thomas Linzey - "We're beginning to awake from our slumber"
by Joanne BoyerWisdom Voices
April 1st, 2012
Grassroots organizing. Local communities reinserting themselves into the decision making process that impacts their communities. “We the People” reclaiming our role in democracy. Those elements serve as the most effective tools at our disposal today to fight the environmental battles of the 21st century says Thomas Linzey, Executive Director and co-founder of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. “There cannot be sustainability unless people who are impacted by certain decisions are actually making the decisions about what impacts their communities,” Linzey said in a recent interview with Wisdom Voices.

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