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Support Ohio residents on the frontlines as CELDF goes with them to the state Supreme Court. We're fighting to stop oppressive policies that weaken citizen's initative.
Rolling Stone Magazine
Check out CELDF & Grant Twp, PA, in "How a small town is standing up to fracking," by Justin Nobel of Rolling Stone Magazine. Help us support communities like Grant!
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CELDF is pioneering the advancement of rights of ecosystems, working globally to develop rights-based legal frameworks to protect the environment.
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News from the Grassroots
Press Release: People's Constitutional Right to Form Charter Government Stricken by Ohio Supreme Court
The Ohio Supreme Court places insurmountable requirements on county charter initiatives. For three years, counties have attempted to protect themselves from fracking through advancing rights-based charter initiatives.
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, Restoration
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.
The people's right to vote on a right to climate charter amendment in Bowling Green, OH, is challenged by one resident.
The Siletz River in Oregon files to intervene in a lawsuit brought to overturn a community rights ban on aerially sprayed pesticides.
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September 10, 2017 — September 17, 2017
Derrick Jensen interviews attorney Jason Flores-Williams on an upcoming lawsuit to recognize the rights of the Colorado River. Check it out!
September 23, 2017
Join the Greene County Progressives and Miami Valley Progressive Caucus in Bellbrook, OH, for the Ohio Community Rights Workshop!
September 25, 2017
Industrial sites are leaking toxins into the water in the Seascoast region of New Hampshire, and residents are organizing to do something about it - including hosting a screening of We the People 2.0 as part of their educational work. Check it out!
September 28, 2017
The NHCRN sponsors a screening of We the People 2.0 in Plymouth, NH, as part of their Community Rights Awareness Project. Learn more here!
September 29, 2017 — September 30, 2017
Napa County, CA, residents are organizing to protect their community and ecosystems from unsustainable development. Join them in Democracy School, September 29th - 30th.
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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.
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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.
Ohio Counties Fighting for Their Rights and Their Future
Ohio residents in Medina, Portage, and Athens Counties are fighting to protect themselves from fracking wastewater injection wells, pipelines, compressor stations, and more. In response, the corporate state is placing people’s environmental and democratic rights in their cross-hairs.
These communities aren’t blinking.