How Wealth Rules the World
A newly published book by CELDF's National Organizing Director Ben G. Price on how property rights override human rights - and what communities are doing about it.
Rights of Nature on the Daily Show
Michael Kosta covers the Lake Erie Bill of Rights - check it out here!
DIY Community Rights Guide
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News from the Grassroots
Regardless of political gains by Democrats in Virginia, residents still do not have authority to govern themselves in their own communities. Here's why - and what communities can do about it.
Media Statement: Settlement Announced with Oil and Gas Industry Seeking Monetary Award: Ban Against Injection Wells Continues
Following settlement of one of the lawsuits against Grant Township, PA, for daring to protect its water from a frack wastewater injection well, the township continues to stand up to the oil and gas industry.
Efforts are growing to not only determine how people vote, but what gets voted on. Your ballot measures are not yours to democratically determine.
Lincoln County residents continue their fight to protect themselves and ecosystems from aerial sprayed pesticides, and spark not only hope, but tangible strategies for advancing rights.
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November 8, 2019
Check out CELDF and OHCRN partner attorney Terry Lodge at this conference on the Lake Erie Bill of Rights.
November 11, 2019
Join CELDF's Tish O'Dell and Toledoans for Safe Water's Markie Miller for this screening of We the People 2.0 in Fort Meyers, Florida.
November 11, 2019
Listen in on this conversation with Thomas Linzey about the evolution and acceleration of the Rights of Nature and Community Rights movements.
November 20, 2019
Join Ashtabula residents and CELDF's Tish O'Dell for the documentary Invisible Hand, as residents explore Community Rights and Rights of Nature to protect their community.
December 6, 2019
Learn about the Lake Erie Bill of Rights at this presentation by CELDF's Ohio organizer Tish O'Dell.
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Water Protectors in Nottingham, NH
Nottingham, NH, residents have stood their ground to protect the Lamprey River Watershed, a water ecosystem supporting innumerable human and natural communities. They are up against water thieves – corporations taking their water against the will of the people.
For over a decade they have enforced their Community Bill of Rights banning corporate water withdrawals. CELDF stands with them.
Lincoln Co, OR, Residents & the Siletz River Challenge the Timber Industry
For decades, Lincoln County, OR, residents and surrounding ecosystems have been subjected to toxic aerially spraying of pesticides by the timber industry.
Today, they’ve had enough. Working with CELDF, they are asserting the rights of the Siletz River, their own rights to clean air and pure water, and – together – they are challenging the timber industry.
Grant Township, PA: A Stand to Protect Their Water & Their Community
For more than 3 years, Grant Township, PA, residents have been fighting PGE’s proposed frack wastewater injection well. Now their own Department of Environmental Protection has turned on them as well. Grant residents are unwavering in their commitment to protect their community.
CELDF is standing with them.