We The People 2.0 - The Film
Cathy Miorelli's Story: "I’d rather get sued than do nothing while my kids and my community were poisoned."
CELDF & Grant Twp, PA, featured in Rolling Stone: "How a small town is standing up to fracking." Help us support communities like Grant Twp!
Rights of Nature
CELDF is pioneering the advancement of rights of ecosystems, working globally to develop rights-based legal frameworks to protect the environment.
We help communities and groups like yours.
We are not a typical environmental organization. We assist communities to develop first-in-the-nation, groundbreaking laws to protect rights – including worker, environmental, and democratic rights, and rights of nature. CELDF provides free and low cost legal services, grassroots organizing, and education, to communities, states, and countries facing injustice. We help them to assert their rights to fight the harms they face. Learn more about how we work, or call us now at: 717-498-0054.
News from the Grassroots
Rolling Stone Magazine covers the story of Grant Township, PA, where the residents are working with CELDF to protect themselves from PGE's fracking injection well. In the process, together, we're pioneering a new legal framework for rights.
Press Release: Grant Township, PA, Sues Department of Environmental Protection for Rights Violations
Grant Township, PA, is being sued by their own Dept of Environmental Protection to force in a fracking wastewater injection well. CELDF filed a countersuit on behalf of the Township, asserting the DEP is violating the rights of the community and the Charter.
Two community rights measures were on the Oregon ballot this week to stop corporate harms, and more coming down the pipe. Growing numbers of Oregon residents are using community rights to protect themselves and assert democratic rights.
Press Release: Lincoln Co., OR: On Verge of First in Nation Citizen Initiative to Ban Aerial Spray Pesticides
A Community Bill of Rights by the people of Lincoln Co, OR, is just ahead at the polls. Residents are fighting for their democratic and environmental rights to protect themselves from toxic aerial spraying of pesticides.
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May 19, 2017 — May 21, 2017
CELDF's Mari Margil is part of a panel at the Vine Deloria, Jr., annual conference, speaking on the relationship between ecosystem and indigenous rights.
May 20, 2017
The relationship between animal well-being, human beings, and the rights of nature is explored by CELDF's Mari Margil as part of a panel discussion this Saturday. Join us!
June 2, 2017 — June 3, 2017
Eugene, OR, residents and Community Rights Lane County host CELDF's Democracy School on June 2nd - June 3rd. Learn more here!
June 3, 2017 — June 4, 2017
Join CELDF's Tish O'Dell and Ohio attorney Terry Lodge at the National Lawyers Guild Mideast Conference to learn about the legal barriers that contain our activism, and what communities are doing about it!
June 4, 2017
Check out this screening of We the People 2.0 - The Second American Revolution in Waynesboro, VA on June 4th!
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The 1% drive for a constitutional convention, advancing their own corporate interests. But we don't need a convention. We need a whole new constitution.
Reversing course from mainstream views of nature as property, Colombia's Constitutional Court finds the Atrato River is a rights-bearing entity - a necessary step to protect life on earth.
Lafayette, CO, is the first community in the state to adopt a right to climate ordinance, recognizing the right of residents to a healthy climate.
A Problem: Corporations have been granted rights allowing them to wreak havoc in communities for over 200 years.We can stop this. Here's how...
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Stand With Tacoma, WA, in Their Fight for Democratic Rights
What happens in Tacoma when the people exercise their inalienable right to protect their water, and their democratic right to initiative? The corporate state strips those rights. But Tacomans are clear that they will protect their community and their water. The corporate elite’s attempts to intimidate them through the courts is failing.
Stand up with the people of Tacoma as they fight to protect their right to water and their right to vote!
Sign Up Now to Support Youngstown, OH, Fighting for Community Rights
Youngstown, OH, residents, like many communities across the U.S., live under a structure of law and governance that favors big business exploitation and profits over the democratic and environmental rights of communities. With the oil and gas industry and their own local government working against them, the Youngstown community refuses to give up.
Sign up now to show support for their uncompromising commitment to protect their community.