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 Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) revoked a permit for a toxic frack waste injection well in Grant Township. The DEP cited the Township's Home Rule Charter, which includes a "Community Bill of Rights," in their decision. Through the Charter that residents adopted in 2015, ...
Government allies and corporate interests are treating the global pandemic as a business opportunity. Communities enduring this crisis are taking bold and necessary actions to exercise their powers of self-governance where governments are not functioning in the way people want or need.
PRESS RELEASE: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection enforces local Rights of Nature law. Allows Grant Township to protect vital waterways in revoking permit for dangerous frack waste injection well.
Ohio Organizer Tish O'Dell responds to Gov. Mike DeWine's concerns for public health and constitutional rights during the COVID-19 crisis. Let's hope he upholds his own words when it's time to recover and rebuild.
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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.
April 16, 2020
Join OHCRN, Justin Nobel of Rolling Stone Magazine, and others in this community conversation on fracking waste and Community Rights. Learn more here!
April 24, 2020 — April 26, 2020
Join Pacific Northwest CELDF organizer Kai Huschke at the 2020 Visionary Summit for a presentation on the Rights of Nature Movement.
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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.