Common Sense: A Community Rights Organizing “Primer” from CELDF

Do you wonder why you and your neighbors can’t get what you want in your community?

You follow the rules by attending your local government meetings and letting your elected know that you don’t want the pipeline (or fracking well, factory farm, GMOs, etc.) in your community; by attending the public permit hearing (if there is one) to voice your concerns and explain why it is so important this harm not be cited in your municipality; and maybe even by gathering signatures and submitting them to your local government, the state environmental agency, or your state representatives.

But somehow, your community’s right to say “no” still is not recognized. Your elected officials tell you that their hands are tied, while the folks running the hearing thank you for your testimony, and then issue the permit anyway. And all those signatures? They get recorded as a matter of record and are then disregarded.

What’s going on?

We examine exactly what is going on in Common Sense. You’re facing:

  • A system of environmental laws that authorize and protect inherently unsustainable activities such as fracking, factory farming, GMOs, and innumerable other harms;
  • Corporations and government that are working hand-in-hand to define and enforce these laws, ensuring endless growth, extraction, and development; and
  • A legal structure, including key legal doctrines such as corporate constitutional “rights” and others, that both corporations and government wield to override community decision-making and environmental protection.

Common Sense explores how, in response to these barriers, a new people’s movement is forming. It is a movement, made up of hundreds of communities across the U.S., that is elevating the rights of communities and nature over corporate claimed “rights,” and is seeking to transform our existing system from one aimed at endless growth, to one that has environmental protection and sustainability at its core.

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