October 17th, 2013

SANGERVILLE, ME:  In September, Sangerville residents adopted a CELDF-drafted Community Bill of Rights ordinance rejecting a transportation and distribution corridor that threatened their community.  This marks the first Community Bill of Rights Ordinance in the country that protects a municipality from infrastructure projects built without the consent of voters, and the fourth Community Rights Ordinance for the state of Maine. Read more here.

OREGON:  CELDF’s partner, the Oregon Community Rights Network, issued a press release regarding the Oregon legislature’s recent passage of SB 863, which preempts communities from local decision-making regarding the use of genetically-modified seed.  Click here to read the press release.

HAWAII:  Also in September, CELDF hosted the Hawaii Farm and Food Rights Summit – a one day conference bringing together activists and community members from Maui, Kauai, and the island of Hawaii.  Participants focused on genetically-modified food and strategies to move forward with a Food Bill of Rights.  Many thanks to the Organic Consumers Association for their support in making the summit happen.

AUSTRALIA:  CELDF representatives presented at the Australia Earth Laws Alliance conference in Brisbane, and are holding workshops and meetings with communities in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Perth on community and nature’s rights. Click here to learn more.

DEMOCRACY SCHOOLS:  Check out our upcoming Democracy Schools: Sangerville, ME, October 11-12 and 14-15; Decorah, IA, November 1-2; Cape Cod, MA, November 1-2; and Portland, OR, November 15-16.  Click here for details.

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