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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
Why are attacks from the corporate state escalating against communities who are advancing basic rights and protecting themselves from harm? And what's next?
With House Joint Resolution 5 (HJR5), the Ohio legislature is sabotaging the people's democratic rights.
Desmog: Court Orders Nonprofit Law Firm to Pay $52,000 to Oil and Gas Company for Defending Local Fracking Waste Ban
Community Rights is growing, and this is the corporate state's punitive response.
Dr. Martin Luther King is remembered for his extraordinary leadership in advancing Civil Rights. Let us not forget, either, how the system he and his followers sought to change, punished them for doing so.
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January 23, 2018
Pend Oreille and Bonner Counties in Washington State face a silicon smelter plant that threatens their air, water, and quality of life. Join them as they learn about Community Rights as a tool to protect themselves.
January 30, 2018
Join the New Hampshire Community Rights Network, Representative Ellen Read, and CELDF's Executive Director Thomas Linzey to learn more about the Community Rights state constitutional amendment.
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!
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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.
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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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.