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Occupy Law UK: How not to get fracked – what Balcombe can learn from communities in the US
Occupy Law UK
September 9th, 2013
Fracking is happening around the world. In this piece, Occupy Law UK looks to the Community Rights movement in the United States as a strategy to protect themselves from fracking and assert rights to local self-governance.
Vindy.com: Anti-fracking measure on Nov. ballot
by David SkolnickVindy.com
September 7th, 2013
Pro-fracking interests revealed on the Mahoning County Board of Elections this week, as a protest filed against a Community Bill of Rights citizens' initiative protecting the city from fracking was withdrawn.
WKBN 27 First News: Fracking amendment proceeding to ballot
by WKBN StaffWKBN 27 First News
September 6th, 2013
Community Bill of Rights supporters celebrate a gas and oil industry group's withdrawal of a protest filed to block the charter amendment from the ballot.
Vindy.com: Coalition drops challenge to fracking amendment
Vindy.com
September 6th, 2013
Youngstown, Ohio's Community Bill of Rights will be on the November ballot as local fracking industry interests withdraw their protest of the citizens' initiative.
Vindy.com: Anti-fracking amendment will be on fall ballot
Vindy.com
September 6th, 2013
Local oil and gas industry interests withdrew their challenge against the Youngstown, OH, Community Bill of Rights initiative just before the Board of Elections hearing was scheduled to begin.
Vindy.com: City residents have right to decide on Bill of Rights
by Jean EngleVindy.com
September 6th, 2013
Youngstown resident decries Board of Elections having authority to stop citizens from voting on a Community Bill of Rights initiative to protect the city from fracking.
The Athens News: Watershed summit to look at fracking, other issues
by David DeWittThe Athens News
September 2nd, 2013
The Athens Bill of Rights Committee, the local community group behind the Community Rights initiative recently blocked by the Board of Elections, is co-sponsoring a watershed summit this Saturday to discuss concerns to local water, including fracking.
The Athens Messenger: Group asks elections board to explain its rejection of anti-fracking initiative
by Sara BrumfieldThe Athens Messenger
September 2nd, 2013
Athens, OH, residents request their Board of Elections to explain their rationale for refusing to allow their Community Bill of Rights initiative on the ballot. If adopted, the measure would have banned fracking.
WNTK Talk Radio 99.7 FM: 'Live and Local' with Ben Sarro interviewing Steve Kudlik of Grafton, NH
by Ben SarroWNTK Talk Radio
September 2nd, 2013
Grafton, NH, resident Steve Kudlik is interviewed by WNTK Talk Radio's Ben Sarro on "Live and Local," on Grafton's Community Bill of Rights ordinance adopted by citizens to protect the community from unsustainable energy projects.
Daily Camera: Opinion - Pomerance: The proposed Lafayette community bill of rights
by Steve PomeranceDaily Camera
September 1st, 2013
Former Lafayette, CO, City Councilman endorses Lafayette's Community Bill of Rights banning fracking and protecting residents and local ecosystems.
Valley News: Letter: Defending Grafton's Rights
by Cindy KudlikValley News
September 1st, 2013
Grafton, NH, residents, adopting a Community Bill of Rights to protect their town from an industrial wind farm, site founding documents and their state Constitution for their right to local self-government.
Vindy.com: Youngstown anti-fracking amendment has enough valid signatures
by David SkolnickVindy.com
August 31st, 2013
The same law firm with gas industry ties that filed a protest against an Athens Community Bill of Rights banning fracking has been hired by the Mahoning Valley Coalition for Job Growth and Investment to keep Youngstown's Community Bill of Rights off the ballot as well.
The Pacific Northwest Inlander: Judgment Day
by Heidi GrooverThe Pacific Northwest Inlander
August 30th, 2013
Corporate and government interests in Spokane, WA, succeed in blocking citizens' initiatives that would establish Community Rights.
The Athens News: Group wants election board to explain killing of frack measure
by David DeWittThe Athens News
August 28th, 2013
Athens, OH, community group insists on an explanation from the board of elections as to why a Community Bill of Rights was stripped from the November ballot.
The Pacific Northwest Inlander: Judge blocks Envision, SMAC initiatives from appearing on ballot
by Heide GrooverThe Pacific Northwest Inlander
August 24th, 2013
Judge Maryann Moreno blocks Spokane, WA, residents from voting on their Community Bill of Rights initiative - as corporate and government interests work together to block the right to vote and right to initiative.
Daily Camera: Oil and gas official: Lafayette ban could shut down natural gas to homes
by Joe RubinoDaily Camera
August 23rd, 2013
A Community Rights charter amendment protecting residents of Lafayette, CO, from fracking will remain on the ballot for November, and industry officials use fear in an attempt to turn residents against voting to protect themselves.
Press Release: Niles, Ohio City Council Adopts Community Bill of Rights
by CELDF
August 22nd, 2013
By a vote of 6-0 the Niles, Ohio City Council enacted an emergency Community Bill of Rights Ordinance that secures the rights of city residents and the natural environment to fresh water, freedom from chemical trespass, a sustainable energy future, and local self-governing authority.
Daily Camera: Lafayette hears arguments over fracking ban ballot issue challenge
by John AguilarDaily Camera
August 22nd, 2013
Lafayette City Clerk presiding over a hearing to determine the validity of petitions to place a Community Rights charter amendment banning fracking on the ballot in November.
Tribune Chronicle: Niles council votes to oppose drilling
by Ashley NewmanTribune Chroncile
August 22nd, 2013
Niles, OH, city council unanimously adopts a Community Bill of Rights protecting the community from shale gas drilling and fracking and related activities.
Tribune Chronicle: Niles adopts 'bill of rights'
Tribune Chronicle
August 21st, 2013
Niles, OH, quickly acts to protect residents and local ecosystems from fracking, passing a Community Bill of Rights in the face of a deep well permit recently issued.
Tribune Chronicle: Anti-Frack campout, festival planned
by Brenda J. LinertTribune Chronicle
August 20th, 2013
Fracking opponents and Youngstown proponents of a Community Bill of Rights charter amendment on the Youngstown ballot for November are meeting in Portage County, OH, this weekend for an "International Gathering" with music and education about fracking.
The BG News: Fracking ban amendment debated at city council
by Alex AlusheffThe BG News
August 19th, 2013
The city council in Bowling Green, OH, approves a Community Bill of Rights charter amendment protecting residents and local ecosystems from fracking for the the November ballot.
The Athens News: Elections board mum on reasoning for zapping fracking ban from ballot
by David DeWittThe Athens News
August 18th, 2013
The Athens, OH, Board of Elections decides to keep the Community Bill of Rights initiative banning fracking off the ballot, arguing the law is administrative instead of legislative. The local group bringing the initiative forward plans to appeal.
The Athens News: Elections board upholds protest of fracking ban proposal
by David DeWittThe Athens News
August 16th, 2013
Athens, OH, Board of Elections declines to certify the petitions submitted by advocates of a Community Bill of Rights charter amendment banning fracking.
Sentinel-Tribune: BG anti-hydraulic fracturing petitions certified
by Sentinel StaffSentinel-Tribune
August 16th, 2013
Residents of Bowling Green, OH have successfully placed a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking on the ballot for November.
WOUB Public Media: Board Votes Down Athens Fracking Ban Initiative
by Sara BrumfieldWOBU Public Media
August 15th, 2013
Athens, OH, Board of Elections unanimously votes down Community Bill of Rights initiative, blocking citizens from the opportunity to vote. Advocates for the initiative promise to appeal.
The Athens News: Fracking ban initiative backers predict success
by David DeWittThe Athens News
August 15th, 2013
If a protest filed against a Community Bill of Rights in Athens, OH, is successful, the local Bill of Rights Committee promises to appeal the decision, asserting any action by government to prevent residents from voting to alter their own laws undermines the democratic process.
Vindy.com: Petitions for an anti-fracking charter amendment were given to the city’s clerk of council
by David SkolnickVindy.com
August 13th, 2013
Youngstown residents concerned about the lack of local control to make decisions concerning fracking have submitted signatures for a November initiative placing a Community Bill of Rights on the ballot that would prohibit fracking.
The Athens Messenger: Anti-fracking ballot initiative protest hearing rescheduled for Thursday
by Sara BrumfieldThe Athens News Messenger
August 12th, 2013
The election protest hearing to stop the initiative petition for the Athens Community Bill of Rights and Water Supply Protection Ordinance is rescheduled for Thursday.
Vindy.com: Anti-fracking amendment gets enough signatures to be on ballot again
Vindy.com
August 12th, 2013
Youngstown, OH, residents submit signatures for a Community Bill of Rights charter amendment on the ballot for November to ban fracking, and announce a press conference.
WKBN 27 First News: Fracking issue likely to appear on ballot
WKBN 27 First News
August 12th, 2013
Youngstown, OH, residents supporting a Community Bill of Rights to protect residents from fracking turn in almost 2500 signatures to the Board of Elections for the November ballot.
Boulder Daily Camera: Lafayette resident challenges validityof petitions seeking fracking ban
by John AguilarBoulder Daily Camera
August 9th, 2013
In an effort to keep the Lafayette, CO, Community Bill of Rights initiative banning fracking off the ballot in November, an industry employee and resident files a protest challenging the validity of the petitions.
Akron Beacon Journal Online: Bowling Green group pushing vote on citizen bill of rights
by Bob DowningAkron Beacon Journal Online
August 8th, 2013
In Ohio, Protect Bowling Green's Press Release in the Akron Beacon Journal Online.
Press Release: Bowling Green Group Submits Bill of Rights Petition
Protect Bowling Green
August 8th, 2013
Bowling Green, OH, residents submit signatures qualifying an initiative to place a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking on the ballot for November.
The Gazette: Broadview Heights leaders are ready to defend gas and oil well bill of rights
by John BensonThe Gazette
August 7th, 2013
If Bass Energy attempts to begin drilling in Broadview Heights, OH, the city is prepared to enforce their Community Bill of Rights adopted in November 2012 by residents that bans fracking.
The Chronicle-Telegram: Oberlin fracking ban to appear on ballot
by Chelsea MillerThe Chronicle-Telegram
August 7th, 2013
Oberlin, OH, City Council approves city residents' petition placing a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking on the ballot in November.
The Athens News: Don't get bamboozled by self-serving wizards
by Robert L. WileyThe Athens News
August 7th, 2013
In a letter-to-the-editor, Robert Wiley calls out the motives of the attorney filing to protest against the Athens, OH, Community Bill of Rights measure.
Noozhawk: Fracking and the Rights of Nature
by Wayne MellingerNoozhawk
August 5th, 2013
Community Rights and the Rights of Nature are changing our western legal paradigm, and are tools to protect Santa Barbara, CA, from fracking.
Vindy.com: City Bill of Rights aims to help residents, not hurt businesses
by Lynn AndersonViindy.com
August 4th, 2013
Recognizing gas and oil industry funding misleading advertisements against a Youngstown, OH, Community Bill of Rights, a Youngstown residents lays out the facts to protect the city from fracking.
The Athens News: Protest filed against anti-fracking ballot measure
by Jim PhillipsThe Athens News
August 2nd, 2013
Local Athens, OH, attorney, employed by a law firm with substantial business in negotiating gas and oil drilling leases for property owners, files protest to stop Athens resident from voting on a Community Bill of Rights that would protect the city from fracking.
WKBN 27 News: Fracking bill could get another ballot run
by WKBN StaffWKBN 27 First News
July 30th, 2013
Youngstown, OH, residents gather signatures to place a Community Bill of Rights measure on the ballot for November that would ban fracking as a violation of those rights.
The Spokesman-Review: Hearing set for controversial city initiative
by Mike PragerThe Spokesman-Review
July 27th, 2013
Envision Spokane's Community Bill of Rights initiative remains on the ballot as a Spokane County judge rejected a request for a preliminary injunction. A hearing on the challenge is set for August 23rd.
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.

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