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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News from the Grassroots
The #MeToo movement will prove only to be a passing moment in history unless women are the ones making governing decisions that impact them.
A post-court update of the Lake Erie Bill of Rights. Get an in-depth look at the arguments made in federal court as the Corporate State defends its constitutional right to pollute. The City of Toledo is triumphant in defending Rights of Nature.
If corporations have individual rights under US law – like freedom of speech - why not a grant a lake or forest or river the same status? Ohio organizer Tish O'Dell talks about Toledo's groundbreaking law - the Lake Erie Bill of Rights - and the Rights of Nature Movement!
This 6 minute short explains how, across numerous social issues—from housing, worker rights, environmental protection to gentrification—“the people in the community lack the legal authority to determine their own future, a basic tenet of democracy.”
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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.
March 4, 2020
Join us at the Richmond School of Law to learn about Lake Erie Bill of Rights and the the growing Rights of Nature movement.
March 5, 2020 — March 8, 2020
Join CELDF partner, the Oregon Community Rights Network at the annual PIELC conference. Learn more here!
March 9, 2020 — March 13, 2020
The ORCRN hosts author Will Falk across Oregon on his book tour, How Dams Fall. Join us!
April 4, 2020
CELDF's Democracy School comes to Cincinnati, Ohio. Learn about why there are barriers to protecting our own communities, and what you can do about it.
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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.