It is with great sadness that we share the news of 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 ...


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CELDF In The News

Press Release: Ohio Court Denies Inalienable Community Rights
07/02/2015 - Ohio County Court decision dismisses the will of the people in favor of corporate frackers, but Ohio communities understand the right to local self government is inherent and inviolable, and continue advancing community rights across the state.
The Columbus Dispatch: Charter amendment in Columbus sought to ban fracking
07/02/2015 - Columbus, OH, residents submit signatures to place a Community Bill of Rights charter amendment on the ballot for November. Fracking waste threatens the city's water supply, and the bill of rights bans frack waste as a violation of rights to clean air, water and local self-government.
The Gazette: Board of Elections to certify charter issue at Monday meeting
07/02/2015 - Medina County Board of Elections meets next Monday to certify signatures for a county ballot initiative to create a charter form of government. Residents are threatened with a LNG pipeline cutting through their communities, and are advancing community rights in their proposed charter to protect themselves. Petition for an amendment to Columbus city charter
07/02/2015 - Columbus, OH, may become a dumping ground for radioactive, solid fracking waste drill cuttings. Residents have submitted petitions to place a Community Bill of Rights charter amendment on the November ballot, banning the waste as a violation of rights.

From Our Blog

Common Sense: A Community Rights Organizing “Primer” from CELDF
06/24/2015 - Trying to protect your community from any number of threats? Check out Common Sense, CELDF's community rights organizing primer.
On Community Civil Disobedience in the Name of Sustainability: The Community Rights Movement in the United States
06/24/2015 - Our existing system of law is aimed at constant development and extraction, and we are on the verge of a planetary crisis. It’s time to change our activism. This month, PM Press published CELDF’s White Paper on how we are changing our activism and building a new people’s movement aimed at fundamental, systemic change.
The New York Times: Stop Revering Magna Carta
06/14/2015 - Some folks are celebrating 800 years of Magna Charta as if it were a sacred document. Others...not so much. Why? Read more in this New York Times opinion piece.
Ohio Community Rights Network: Join with OHCRN to grow the Community Rights Movement today!
06/13/2015 - A video on the work of OHCRN in growing Community Rights to help protect all Ohioans from harmful activities threatening clean air, pure water, and the right to democratic, local self-governance.