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The Pacific Northwest Inlander: Initiatives to appear on the ballot, for now
by Heidi GrooverThe Pacific Northwest Inlander
July 26th, 2013
CELDF partner Envision Spokane wins the first round as a coalition of corporate and county interests try to keep their Community Bill of Rights off of the November ballot for voters to choose whether or not to adopt the measure.
BroadView Journal: City contracts with law firm in drilling fight
by Matt LupicaBroadView Journal
July 26th, 2013
Residents of Broadview Heights, OH, back the City Council as they contract with Robert E. Sweeney Co. and CELDF to enforce their Community Rights charter amendment and stop construction of a fracking well.
Santa Fe New Mexican: Law center to help Mora County uphold fracking ban
Santa Fe New Mexican
July 25th, 2013
The Santa Fe-based New Mexico Environmental Law Center will represent Mora County, NM, if its Community Rights ordinance banning fracking is challenged in court.
The Athens Messenger: Athens fracking ban OK'd for Nov. 5 ballot
The Athens Messenger
July 24th, 2013
The Athens Community Bill of Rights and Water Supply Protection Ordinance, establishing Community Rights to clean air, water, and rights of nature - and banning fracking as a violation of those rights - is certified to go on the Nov 5th ballot in Athens, OH.
Earth First News: Youngstown Pushes for Protections from Fracking, Earthquakes and Pollution
by Frack Free MahoningEarth First News
July 20th, 2013
Pointing to fracking harms elsewhere, Youngstown, OH, residents move forward with qualifying another Community Bill of Rights charter amendment banning fracking for the ballot in November.
Tribune Chronicle: Group again seeks frac ban in November election
Tribune Chronicle
July 19th, 2013
Youngstown, OH, Community Bill of Rights Committee seeks again to protect residents' rights to clean air, water, and local self-governance.
WKBN First News: Activists will try again for anti-fracking amendment
by WKBN StaffWKBN First News
July 19th, 2013
Youngstown, OH, residents mount a second campaign to place a Community Bill of Rights charter amendment banning fracking on the ballot for November.
The Register-Guard: Petition to ban genetically modified crops rejected
by Saul HubbardThe Register-Guard
July 19th, 2013
In Oregon, Lane County clerk tries to keep citizens' initiative for sustainable agriculture off the ballot. The community is going to appeal.
Capital Press: Lane County clerk rejects GM initiative
by Lacey JarrellCapital Press
July 18th, 2013
Lane County clerk rejects an initiative from community group wanting to protect the county from genetically-modified crops.
The Courier Express: Residents want home rule charter
by Katie WeidenboernerThe Courier-Express
July 18th, 2013
Ridgway Township, PA, residents are collecting signatures to establish a Home Rule Charter, asserting Community Rights to local self-governance, including the right to ban fracking.
Capital Press: Third anti-GMO initiative under way
by Lacey JarrellCapital Press
July 17th, 2013
Lane County, OR, joins Benton County in moving forward a Community Rights initiative to ban genetically-modified seed and create regional sustainable food systems.
The Daily Astorian: Groups Battle GMO Crops Using Tactics from Fracking Fight
by Oregon Public BroadcastingThe Daily Astorian
July 16th, 2013
Parallels between the fight to protect communities from GMOs and the fight to protect communities from fracking emerge: Regardless of the issue, communities are facing the same structure of law that tells them they can't have sustainable communities.
Sentinel-Tribune: Fracking petitions still circulating
Sentinel-Tribune
July 16th, 2013
Bowling Green community group on schedule to submit qualified signatures for a Community Rights charter amendment protecting residents from fracking. The charter amendment, if qualified, will be on the ballot for November.
Las Vegas Optic: Another Perspective - The right to ban fracking
by Thomas Linzey, Esq.Las Vegas Optic
July 15th, 2013
CELDF's Executive Director Thomas Linzey counters a legal opinion on the constitutionality of the Las Vegas, NM, Community Rights Ordinance, and the rights of Las Vegas residents to say "No!" to fracking.
The Spokesman-Review: Initiative draws countersuit
by Nicholas DeshaisThe Spokesman-Review
July 12th, 2013
Envision Spokane files a countersuit as a coalition of corporate and county level government interests tries to block citizens from voting on a Community Bill of Rights.
The Register-Guard: Petition targets altered crops
by Saul HubbardThe Register-Guard
July 11th, 2013
In the Willamette Valley of Oregon, Lane County residents seek to place a Food Bill of Rights on the May 2014 ballot to stop the use of genetically-modified crops.
Sentinel-Tribune: Fracking face off in B[owling] G[reen]
by David DupontSentinel-Tribune
July 9th, 2013
Bowling Green, OH, residents ready to submit signatures to place a Community Bill of Rights initiative on the ballot to ban fracking.
The Athens News: Group files petitions for November anti-fracking vote
by David DeWittThe Athens News
July 7th, 2013
Athens, OH, residents, organized as the Bill of Rights Committee, submitted signatures to place a Community Bill of Rights on the ballot for November. The initiative bans fracking as a violation of those rights.
Green Fire Times: Our Constitutions are the Avenue to Change the Injustice
by Kathleen DudleyGreen Fire Times
July 5th, 2013
CELDF's organizer in New Mexico, Kathleen Dudley, writes about the growing numbers of communities across the country moving forward to create the communities they envision by asserting their Community Rights to say "NO" to corporate led harms, and "YES" to sustainable communities and local self-governance.
Noozhawk: Protecting Santa Barbara County - Community Rights vs Corporate Control
by Wayne MellingerNoozhawk
July 3rd, 2013
Wayne Mellinger on Community Rights to protect Santa Barbara from fracking corporate interests.
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.
Rio Grand Sierran: Mora and beyond: constitutions are avenue to change
by Kathleen DudleyRio Grande Sierran
June 26th, 2013
Growing numbers of communities, including Mora County, NM, ask CELDF's help in establishing Community Bills of Rights to stop threats to residents and ecosystems, and asserting rights to local self-governance.
Piscataquis Observer: Sangerville group outlines community bill of rights to halt east-west highway
by Mike LangePiscataquis Observer
June 26th, 2013
East Sangerville, ME, residents and selectmen partner with CELDF to use a Community Bill of Rights to stop a $2.1 billion limited access highway.
The Post: A citizen’s bill of rights is needed to protect home rule
by Peter MaizitisThe Post
June 22nd, 2013
A North Royalton, OH, resident looks to his neighbors in Broadview Heights, and their Community Bill of Rights, as tool to protect the city from shale gas drilling and fracking.
The Spokesman-Review: County commissioners join fight against ‘Bill of Rights’ initiatives
by Mike PragerThe Spokesman-Review
June 22nd, 2013
CELDF's partners Envision Spokane and Moves to Amend the Constitution face industry and political resistance to placing their initiatives on the ballot for a vote by the people of Spokane in November.
Press Release: Pennsylvania Community Rights Network (PCRN) Seats Founding Board of Directors
by CELDF
June 21st, 2013
Declaring that the legitimate foundation of government is the right to local self-governance, the Pennsylvania Community Rights Network reviewed bylaws and officially launched the organization on Monday in Bowmanstown, Carbon County.
Cleveland.com: Defense team mulls next steps to deter drilling in Broadview Heights
by Samantha LarosCleveland.com
June 20th, 2013
Broadview Heights, OH, prepares to enforce Community Bill of Rights charter amendment, adopted last November, to stop fracking.
The Bradford Era: Ridgway Township Supervisors vote against drilling ban ordinance
by Gretchen RokoskyThe Bradford Era
June 19th, 2013
Ridgway Township, PA, Township Supervisors vote against a Community Bill of Rights ordinance that would have protected residents from shale gas drilling and fracking by banning it.
Occupy.com: How a Community Bill of Rights is Empowering People Against Corporations
by Matt HungerOccupy.com
June 18th, 2013
Taking rights to the community level: Occupy.com covers CELDF's work in supporting communities that are building a Community Rights movement.
Truthout: GM Wheat Discovered in Oregon, Benton County Continues Work on Food Bill of Rights
by Clinton LindseyTruthout
June 17th, 2013
Benton County Community Rights Coalition moves forward with their Community Bill of Rights initiative, confronting the bio-tech industry and asserting rights to a sustainable food system.
The Athens News: Local group pitches anti-fracking campaign to regional mayors
by David DeWittThe Athens News
June 16th, 2013
Community Rights efforts expand in Ohio as The Bill of Rights Committee based in Athens moves forward both with their ballot initiative for November to protect their community from fracking, and a broader proposal to expand Community Rights state-wide.
E & E Publishing: N.M. county on fracking ban: 'We're not done yet'
by April ReeseE & E Publishing
June 12th, 2013
Mora County, NM, County Commissioners tighten their Community Bill of Rights ordinance to ban fracking.
The Ecologist: Rivers and Natural Ecosystems as Rights Bearing Subjects
by Robin MilamThe Ecologist
June 12th, 2013
A fundamental paradigm shift is happening as the legal rights of nature - and the recognition of human interdependence with nature - is taking root.
East Boulder County United: Petition Campaign Kick-Off Event
East Boulder County United
June 6th, 2013
The Lafayette Community Rights Act charter amendment language is approved by Lafayette City, and marks the launching of the petition drive to place the amendment on the ballot in November. Passage would establish community rights and prohibit fracking as a violation of those rights.
The Plain Dealer: Broadview Heights City council considering legal assistance to combat Bass Energy well at Saint Sava
by Samantha LarosCleveland.com
June 6th, 2013
In Broadview Heights, OH, details are being finalized for CELDF and Robert E. Sweeney Co. to provide legal services to enforce the Community Bill of Rights banning fracking, adopted by residents last November.
Green Fire Times: Mora County Community Rights Law: Self-Determination
by Kathleen DudleyGreen Fire Times
June 1st, 2013
The Mora County Community Water Rights and Local Self-Government Ordinance confronts the status quo and insists on Community Rights.
The Post: Letter to the Editor: We can’t give up the fight for a sustainable future
by Tish O'DellThe Post
June 1st, 2013
As North Royalton, OH, faces the fracking in their community, Broadview Heights neighbor Tish O'Dell offers this: "Who gets to decide if the spills, leaks and pollution are worth the risk: the people who live in North Royalton or the drilling company that profits from what they extract?" It's time for "We the People" to assert our rights.
Santa Fe New Mexican: Rights-of-way, GMOs, fracking: Issues of worth
by Orlando RomeroSanta Fe New Mexican
May 28th, 2013
Santa Fe New Mexican columnist Orlando Romero celebrates Mora County, NM, for taking a stand to protect the water and environment by passing a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking.
Los Angeles Times: New Mexico county first in nation to ban fracking to safeguard water
by Julie CartLos Angeles Times
May 28th, 2013
Mora County, New Mexico residents stand behind Mora County Commissioners adoption of the first county-wide Community Rights ordinance banning fracking, stating that water is more important than oil.
Al Jazeera: US region bans oil and gas drilling
Al Jazeera
May 27th, 2013
Al Jazeera clip on Mora County, New Mexico's banning of shale gas drilling and fracking to protect their community right to water.
Public News Service: Fracking Being Challenged on Federal and Local Fronts
by Renee BlakePublic News Service
May 21st, 2013
CELDF's Community Organizer Kathleen Dudley is interviewed about Mora County's groundbreaking step as the first county in the U.S. to adopt a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking.
The Spokesman-Review: Spokane City Council wants initiatives sent to voters
by Jonathan BruntThe Spokesman-Review
May 21st, 2013
Spokane, WA, City Council voted 4-3 to place Envision Spokane's Community Bill of Rights on the ballot in November.
The Taos News: Oil, gas extraction ban: Mora leaders push for 'sustainable' growth
by Eric HeinzThe Taos News
May 19th, 2013
Mora County Commissioners, passing the first county-level Community Bill of Rights ordinance banning fracking, focus on sustainable agriculture and eco-tourism to promote the county.
Las Vegas Optic: Letters to the Editor
Las Vegas Optic
May 19th, 2013
Letters to the Editor in the Las Vegas Optic supporting and critiquing Mora County's adoption of a Community Bill of Rights.
The Spokesman-Review: Some politicians trust the voters only so far
by Jim CamdenThe Spokesman-Review
May 18th, 2013
The Spokesman-Review staff writer Jim Camden hints at the hypocrisy of the Spokane council members who may not allow the voters to decide on Envision Spokane's ballot measure, containing a Community Bill of Rights, in November.
Cleveland.com: Broadview Heights well project has residents fired up
by Samantha LarosCleveland.com
May 15th, 2013
OH - CELDF ready to defend Broadview Heights' Community Rights Home Rule charter amendment banning fracking as residents insist the municipality uphold the ban. Two new oil wells are being proposed within the city, which, if approved, would violate the charter amendment.
Las Vegas Optic: Lawyers lining up to help
Las Vegas Optic
May 12th, 2013
Attorneys in 5 states pledge to provide support to Mora County if their Community Bill of Rights is challenged. In a letter to Mora County, attorneys stated that "'Mora County’s recognition of, and assertion of, the right to self-government on behalf of the people of Mora County is the thread that combines all of the communities in which we work. Thus, when one government advances that work, everyone moves closer to securing that right at every level of government.’”
Sangre de Cristo Chronicle: Mora County Commission bans oil, gas extraction
by Eric HeinzSangre de Cristo Chronicle
May 11th, 2013
CELDF comment: This article indicates the Mora County Commissioners issued a press release stating they were the first municipality in the country to ban fracking. This is incorrect; the press release indicated correctly that Mora County's Community Bill of Rights is the first county-level ordinance to ban fracking as a violation of residents' community bill of rights. More than a dozen other communities in five states have adopted similar ordinances at the township, town, and city levels.
The Pacific Northwest Inlander: Power to the People
by Thomas Linzey, Esq.The Pacific Northwest Inlander
May 10th, 2013
Spokane, WA, and Mora Co, NM: two very different communities with a shared determination to adopt enforceable Community Bills of Rights.
The Gazette: Colorado Springs group sues to allow vote on fracking ban
by Ned HunterThe Gazette
May 10th, 2013
Colorado Springs Citizens for Community Rights is suing the city of Colorado Springs to move forward with a petition to place a Community Bill of Rights City Charter amendment on the ballot.
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.
The Athens News: Youngstown voters shoot down anti-fracking ballot measure
The Athens News
May 8th, 2013
While Youngstown, OH, residents lost their Community Bill of Rights charter amendment at the ballot this month, Athens residents continue to petition to submit their Community Bill of Rights for the ballot in November.
Akron Beacon Journal: Youngstown voters reject community bill of rights
by Bob DowningAkron Beacon Journal
May 8th, 2013
The Associated Press reports Youngstown, OH, voters rejected a proposal to ban hydraulic fracturing.
ABQ Journal: The fundamental right to say 'no'
by Kathleen DudleyABQ Journal
May 8th, 2013
The votes cast for the Mora County Community Water Rights and Local Self-Government Ordinance, were votes for self-determination and for democracy.
Vindy.com: Anti-fracking charter amendment soundly defeated in Youngstown
by David SkolnickVindy.com
May 8th, 2013
Opponents of the Youngstown, OH, Community Bill of Rights Charter Amendment elevate the importance of jobs and business over clean air and water.
In These Times: Frack Corporate Personhood
by Anthony MaginiIn These Times
May 8th, 2013
Word of Washington Co, PA, Judge O'Dell-Seneca's recent ruling that corporations do not count as people continues to spread.
La Jicarita: Mora County Takes a Stand
by Kay MatthewsLa Jicarita
May 7th, 2013
It’s already all over the news, in both New Mexico and the nation. Mora County has taken a stand: “It shall be unlawful for any corporation to engage in the extraction of oil, natural gas, or other hydrocarbons within Mora County.” With that statement northern New Mexico’s Mora County becomes the first county in the U.S. to ban oil and gas development by ordinance.
San Francisco Chronicle: Anti-fracking amendment rejected in NE Ohio city
by Julie Carr Smyth, AP Statehouse CorrespondentSan Francisco Chronicle
May 7th, 2013
Youngstown, OH's Home Rule Charter Amendment defeated; supporters say they are not done.
Watchdog.org: Lawsuits likely after NM county passes ban on oil and gas drilling
by Rob Nikolewski Watchdog.org
May 6th, 2013
Mora Co, NM County Commissioners prepared to defend the first-in-the-nation county-level Community Bill of Rights.
ideastream: Youngstown Ballot Measure Creates Community Bill of Rights, Prohibits Fracking
ideastream
May 5th, 2013
Youngstown, OH votes on Tuesday on Community Bill of Rights that establishes a right to clean air, water, and local self governance - and bans fracking as a violation of those rights. Voices both for and against the Home Rule charter amendment are speaking out.
The Santa Fe New Mexican: Our view: Battle sounds over oil and gas
The Santa Fe New Mexican
May 5th, 2013
In Mora Co, NM, the gas and oil industry says Mora Co Commissioners are throwing away jobs and revenue. Mora Co Commissioners say they'd rather protect the land and water that communities will need long after the gas is gone.
ABQ Journal.com: Mora County bans oil, gas drilling
by T.S. LastABQ Journal.com
May 5th, 2013
Mora County has sent notice that the petroleum industry is not welcome, becoming the first county in the nation to ban oil and gas drilling within its boundaries.
Vindy.com: Letter to the Editor: Vote Yes on Charter Amendment
by Raymond VershumVindy.com
May 5th, 2013
Youngstown resident Raymond Vershum, involved in writing the Youngstown Community Bill of Rights charter amendment, responds to Vindy.com piece opposing the amendment.
New Mexico Watchdog: Get ready for lawsuits after Mora County passes oil and gas ban
by Rob Nikolewski New Mexico Watchdog
May 3rd, 2013
As Mora Co, NM, County Commissioners take a stand to protect water and assert Community Rights - the first county level of government in the nation to do so - gas and oil industry officials mull over lawsuit.
The Spokesman-Review: Vestal: Mike Fagan reaffirms principle over politics
by Shawn VestalThe Spokesman-Review
May 3rd, 2013
Although Spokane City Councilman has concerns about Envision Spokane's duly qualified ballot initiative to amend the city's Home Rule Charter with a Community Bill of Rights, he takes a stand to let the people decide.
Vindy.com: Letters to the Editor re Youngstown Charter Amendment
Vindy.com
May 3rd, 2013
Residents both for and against Youngstown's Community Bill of Rights charter amendment voice their opinions.
The Raton Range: Colfax’s neighbor bans oil, gas extraction; Mora County claims to be first county in nation with such a law
by Todd WildermuthThe Raton Range
May 3rd, 2013
Mora County Commissioners urge state legislature to follow them in banning fracking.
Las Vegas Optic: Letters to the Editor
Las Vegas Optic
May 2nd, 2013
In Mora Co, NM, citizens supporting Mora County's Community Bill of Rights speak out.
The Las Vegas Optic: Mora Republican Decries Ordinance
by Martin SalazarLas Vegas Optic
May 2nd, 2013
While Mora Co's Republican Part chairman speaks out in favor of gas drilling for jobs, supporters of the county's Community Bill of Rights argue that economic benefits are short-lived, and the community must protect its land and water.
The Garden Island: About 50 protest GMOs
by Léo AzambujaThe Garden Island
May 2nd, 2013
CELDF's Community Rights organizing expands to include Hawaii, as residents on the island of Kaua'i urge their County Council to adopt the Kaua'i Food Bill of Rights to create a sustainable agricultural system on the island, and ban GMOs.
Santa Maria Sun: Down the tube
by Patrick M. KlemzSanta Maria Sun
May 2nd, 2013
In San Luis Obispo, CA, residents begin the work of advancing a community rights ordinance to ban fracking.
The Athens News: Group wants to spread anti-fracking gospel
by David DeWittThe Athens News
May 1st, 2013
In Ohio, Community Rights advocates organize across the Hocking River Valley to prohibit fracking as a violation of rights to clean air, water, and local self-governance.
SustainableBusiness.com: Mora County, New Mexico Asserts Rights to Community Control, Rights of Nature
SustainableBusiness.com
May 1st, 2013
Located in Northern New Mexico, the Mora County Community Water Rights and Local Self-Government Ordinance establishes a local Bill of Rights that notably includes the right to clean air, water, a healthy environment and the rights of nature. It prohibits activities which would interfere with those rights, including oil drilling and hydraulic fracturing for shale gas.
EcoWatch: First County in U.S. Bans Oil and Gas Extraction
EcoWatch
April 30th, 2013
Mora Co, NM, County Commissioners make history as the first county in the U.S. to pass an ordinance banning oil and gas extraction.
Las Vegas Optic:
by Mercy López and Martín SalazarLas Vegas Optic
April 30th, 2013
MORA — In a split vote on Monday, the Mora County Commission approved a community water rights and self-government ordinance, becoming the first county in the United States to permanently ban oil and gas drilling.
The Republic: NM county bans all oil and natural gas extraction, cites need to protect groundwater
by Susan Montoya BryanAssociate Press, The Republic
April 30th, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — A sparsely populated county in northern New Mexico has taken aim at the oil and natural gas industry, approving an ordinance that outlaws the extraction of the natural resources and puts the county's decision-making rights ahead of business interests and federal and state permits.
State College residents opposed to Penn State natural gas pipeline continue dialogue
by Jessica VanderkolkCentre Daily Times
April 27th, 2013
CELDF invited to State College to teach Democracy School in June as residents continue to organize around stopping a possible gas pipleline through the borough.
The Recorder: Committee next step for biomass
by Anita FritzThe Recorder
April 24th, 2013
Four years ago, an energy corporation tried to site a biomass plant in Greenfield, MA. Today, it's back, and residents are organizing to stop the project. CELDF is partnering with residents and local officials, including holding a Democracy School in May.
Gazette: A potential gas well at St. Sava's has residents and officials on edge
by John BensonGazette
April 24th, 2013
Bass Energy intiates plans for drilling within Broadview Heights, and comes up against the city's Community Bill of Rights, which was adopted by residents in November 2012.
The Bottom Line: Fracking up the Environment: Organization Urges Public to Ban Hydraulic Fracturing in California
by Kyle SkinnerThe Bottom Line
April 24th, 2013
CELDF's Ben Price, Global Exchange's Shannon Biggs, and former Pittsburgh City Councilman Doug Shields partner in "California Communities Rising Against Fracking Tour." Their most recent stop: Santa Barbara.
Shalefields Grassroots Reporter: It's Time for Communities to Ban Shale Gas Drilling en Masse
by Braden CrooksShalefields Grassroots Reporter
April 19th, 2013
Braden Crooks, founder of Groundswell in State College, PA, writes about what it takes to assert Community Rights to protect communities from fracking and create a sustainable energy future.
Huffington Post: Heroic Women: Judge Debbie O'Dell-Seneca
by Alexia ParksHuffington Post
April 18th, 2013
The Huffington Post celebrates Judge O'Dell-Seneca's historic ruling that corporations are not "persons" and recognizes CELDF's work.
weareCentralPA.com: Proposed Pipeline Fight Still On
by Mallory LaneweareCentralPA.com
April 15th, 2013
STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - What started as a fight to stop a pipeline, is now a fight for community rights....Sunday, nearly 40 people living in the State College borough came together to talk about their next move, and to determine how to make their voices heard, again.
Truthout: Pennsylvania Court Deals Blow to Secrecy-Obsessed Fracking Industry
by Steven RosenfeldTruthout
April 15th, 2013
A Pennsylvania judge in the heart of the Keystone State’s fracking belt has issued a forceful and precedent-setting decision holding that there is no corporate right to privacy under that state’s constitution....CELDF's Thomas Linzey says “The ruling represents the first crack in the judicial armor that has been so meticulously welded together by major corporations."
Centre Daily Times: Community members talk bill of rights, possible future plans for pipeline opposition
by Matt MorganCentre Daily Times
April 15th, 2013
State College, PA residents gather to determine next steps in leveraging their Community Bill of Rights to protect the community from a Columbia Gas pipeline coming through the borough.
Centre Daily Times: Borough pipeline project remains in legal limbo
by Jessica VanderkolkCentre Daily Times
April 13th, 2013
State College, PA residents turn to their Community Bill of Rights as grounds to stop a proposed natural gas pipeline running through the borough. The Bill of Rights, adopted overwhelmingly by residents in November 2011, includes a right to a sustainable energy future, and specifically prohibits gas pipelines.
The Spokesman-Review: Group hopes to place initiatives on city ballot
by Jonathan BruntThe Spokesman-Review
April 12th, 2013
CELDF's partner, Envision Spokane, submits more than enough signatures to place a Community Bill of Rights ordinance on the ballot in November. A similar initiative received more than 49% of the vote in 2011.
Global Exchange's People to People Blog: Legalizing Sustainability? Santa Monica Recognizes Rights of Nature
by Shannon BiggsGlobal Exchange
April 11th, 2013
Santa Monica, CA is the first in the state to recognize Rights of Nature.
Centre Daily Times: In State College, it’s not just about the pipeline’s path
by Thomas LinzeyCentre Daily Times
April 11th, 2013
CELDF's Executive Director Thomas Linzey's Op-Ed in the Centre Daily Times: This is about borough residents' community right to a sustainable energy future, included in a Community Bill of Rights amendment to their Home Rule charter in 2011. Overwhelmingly supported by citizens, now it's time to enforce it.
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.
Centre Daily Times:State College residents request bill of rights consideration
by Jessica VanderKolkCentre Daily Times
April 8th, 2013
State College, PA residents insist borough City Council enforce Bill of Rights charter amendment to protect community members from proposed gas line. The Community Bill of Rights was adopted in November 2011 by 72% of voters.
Bangor Daily News: East-West highway opponents, others learn tactics to block corporate developments
by Alex BarberBangor Daily News
April 8th, 2013
GUILFORD, Maine — A group of residents from 13 local communities gathered to learn about community-based rights over the weekend. The New Hampshire-based Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund led a democracy school in Dexter on Friday and Saturday and then a workshop in Guilford on Sunday, which was attended by about 60 people. “The work that we do is to assist communities as they exercise and assert their rights to self government,” said Gail Darrell, New England Community Organizer for the CELDF. “They learned the history of our governmental system, and from that history, they gathered knowledge in order to assert their rights locally.”
Centre Daily Times: State College won’t issue pipeline permit
by Jessica VanderkolkCentre Daily Times
April 3rd, 2013
STATE COLLEGE — The borough manager will not issue any permits for the construction of a natural gas pipeline planned to extend two miles under borough streets to reach Penn State’s West Campus steam plant. The decision comes at the direction of the Borough Council which, after a four-hour public discussion on the Columbia Gas project Monday night, unanimously approved a resolution directing the manager “not to approve any permit allowing construction of the proposed pipeline.”...[R]esidents [brought up] the environmental bill of rights added to the borough’s home rule charter by referendum in 2011. In part, it prohibits pipelines and other fossil fuel facilities “that would violate the right to a sustainable future” for the borough.
CELDF - A New Civil Rights Movement: Liberating Our Communities from Corporate Control
by Thomas Linzey, Esq, Executive DirectorCELDF
March 28th, 2013
Last week, a Pennsylvania county court gave this new [Civil Rights] movement a boost – declaring that corporations are not “persons” under the Pennsylvania Constitution, and therefore, that corporations cannot elevate their “private rights” above the rights of people. The ruling was delivered in a case...[to] release a sealed settlement agreement between a family claiming to be affected by water contamination from gas fracking, and Range Resources....In a landmark ruling, President Judge Debbie O’Dell-Seneca of the Washington County Court of Common Pleas denied the corporation’s request on the basis that the Pennsylvania Constitution only protects the rights of people, not business entities.
Groundswell: PSU Pipeline Violates Community Bill of Rights
Groundswell
March 21st, 2013
Penn State’s plan to convert its campus power plant to natural gas has crashed head-on into the rights of the citizens of State College, PA, as enumerated in Article XI of their borough charter. The plan to feed this power plant with fossil fuels, which sits on the boundary of Penn State’s main campus and downtown State College, calls for a high-pressure gas pipeline snaking through residential neighborhoods and past local businesses. The citizens of State College, together with citizens of neighboring Ferguson Township, have risen up against it.
Press Release: Thornton, New Hampshire Rejects Community Bill of Rights To Ban Land Acquisition for Unsustainable Energy Systems
by CELDF
March 16th, 2013
Saturday, residents at Town Meeting in Thornton, New Hampshire (Population 1,800) rejected an ordinance to establish a Community Bill of Rights and prohibit corporations from engaging “in land acquisition necessary for the siting or construction of unsustainable energy systems” by a vote of 57:21. The ordinance would have recognized rights to pure water, clean air, a sustainable energy future, a “fundamental and inalienable right to protect and preserve the scenic, historic and aesthetic values of the town,” and that the people of Thornton at all times enjoy and retain “an inalienable and indefeasible right to self-governance in the community where they reside.”...The Thornton selectmen were advised not to support the ordinance by the town lawyer.
Colorado Springs Independent: Community activists seek charter change to ban fracking
by Chet HardinColorado Springs Independent
March 15th, 2013
The environmental activists with Colorado Springs Citizens for Community Rights have begun the process of placing a charter amendment banning fracking within city limits on this coming November ballot. "We have what we think is pretty darned good," says Dave Gardner of the charter amendment, "and we have the process underway."...CSCCR filed their intent to circulate a petition with the City Clerk's office on March 5. He says that they have been talking with other activists across the state and the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund.
Press Release: Grafton, NH Adopts Community Bill of Rights That Bans Land Acquisition for Unsustainable Energy Systems
by CELDF
March 13th, 2013
(March 12, 2013) Tuesday night residents at Town Meeting in Grafton, New Hampshire adopted an ordinance that establishes a community Bill of Rights and prohibits corporations “to engage in land acquisition necessary for the siting or construction of unsustainable energy systems”. The vote was 255:252....When concerned Grafton residents heard about an industrial wind proposal by the Spanish company, Iberdrola, to site turbines along the Cardigan and the Orange Mountain ridgelines in Grafton County that is being called the Wild Meadows project, they called CELDF and asked for help. Alarmed by the rate at which the state was approving industrial wind projects in New Hampshire, town residents wasted no time in drafting the language for their Community Bill of Rights with help from CELDF and holding several informational meetings to educate local townspeople.
Truthout: An Addition to the Climate Movement-Civil Disobedience Toolkit
by Simon Davis-CohenTruthout
March 11th, 2013
Civil disobedience is the conscious refusal to obey an unjust law. Rosa Parks performed this form of civil disobedience when she refused to give up her seat. She broke the unjust law that she wanted to change. The 48 leaders who want to change the laws that privilege oil and gas corporations to extract, transport and sell North American fossil fuel were arrested for blocking a throughway in front of the White House....Should an American community elevate its community right to democratically protect its health, safety and welfare above the legal privileges that permit corporate oil and gas extraction and transportation, the community would confront the body of law that the climate movement is trying to change. Such action would introduce novel rights into America's legal structure, just as the civil rights movement did, and expose the fact that under current law exercising these rights is illegal.
WABI-TV5: Citizens and Activists Learn About U.S. Government System
by WABI-TV5 News DeskWABI-TV5
March 8th, 2013
Dover-Foxcroft - Concerned citizens and activists had a chance to learn more about the United States government system. The Daniel Pennock Democracy School was held at the Congregational Church in Dover-Foxcroft earlier this week. This was the third time the course has been taught in the area by members of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. "Folks come here to learn about the legal structure. How it's set up and what they can to do to actually take local democracy back and actually make those decisions for themselves"

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