Federal Court Sanctions Lawyers
Attorneys defending Grant Township, PA's, right to say no to fracking are sanctioned in federal court.
Rolling Stone Magazine
Check out CELDF & Grant Twp, PA, in "The Rights of Nature Movement Goes on Trial," by Justin Nobel of Rolling Stone Magazine. Help us support communities like Grant!
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
Ohio gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich supports Community Rights state constitutional amendment
Columbus Free Press covers Ohio's Dennis Kucinich and his support for a Community Rights state constitutional amendment.
Community members advance community rights in Lane County, OR, fighting for their health and safety against the timber industry's use of pesticides.
In These Times: The Community Rights Movement to the New Hampshire House: Let the People Decide What’s Best
Taking steps to assert decision-making authority over their own communities, New Hampshire residents work with the CELDF and NHCRN to advance a rights-based state constitutional amendment.
New Hampshire supporters of a community rights state constitutional amendment urge the legislative committee to advance the amendment to the House.
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February 10, 2018
CELDF's Tish O'Dell leads a break out session on Community Rights for Social Justice at Case Western's Social Justice Teach In. Learn more here!
February 17, 2018
Bowling Green State University students host an Ohio Community Rights Workshop for their peers and neighbors as they organize to stop the Nexus pipeline. Learn more here!
February 21, 2018
Millersville University in Pennsylvania hosts CELDF's community organizer Chad Nicholson on the growing Community Rights movement. Join us to learn more, and what you can do to protect your community!
February 22, 2018 — February 24, 2018
As the Salish Sea ecosystem faces devastating pollution, residents are exploring the Rights of Nature to protect the Sea and surrounding communities. Join them as they host We the People 2.0 and a Community Rights Workshop!
February 27, 2018 — March 1, 2018
Snohomish County, WA, residents have faced years of toxic spraying by the timber industry. Now, they are exploring Community Rights to stop it. Join us!
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Press Release: Colorado River v. State of Colorado: In a First-in-the-Nation Federal Lawsuit, River Seeks Recognition of its Legal Rights to Exist, RestorationSeptember 21, 2017
For the first time in the U.S., a river and its ecosystem file a federal lawsuit for recognition of rights to exist, flourish, and restoration. CELDF is serving as a legal advisor in the case.
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.
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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.