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.
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CELDF staff come together to protect the organization and ensure community rights work continues.
Oral arguments in the federal case brought by a corporation to overturn the Lake Erie Bill of Rights are coming up. The world stands with Toledoans.
The Lake Erie Bill of Rights is part of a growing movement, and people are joining. What will the courts do?
NBC 24News: Toledoans For Safe Water screen "Invisible Hand" ahead of the state's lawsuit against city
Toledoans grow support for the Lake Erie Bill of Rights as their day in court approaches.
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January 19, 2020
Join CELDF and our partner Toledoans for Safe Water for this Rights of Nature documentary and learn more about the Lake Erie Bill of Rights.
January 20, 2020
Have a craft beer and enjoy some laughs as you learn about Rights of Nature with CELDF. Join us!
January 23, 2020
Lincoln County, Oregon, residents invite you to join them to learn about Rights of Nature in this documentary screening and a Q&A to follow.
February 28, 2020 — February 29, 2020
CELDF's Democracy School comes to Belfast, Maine. Learn about why there are barriers to protecting our own communities, and what you can do about it.
Immerse yourself in the fundamentals of our current legal system.
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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.