The following is an excerpt from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund’s fall 2020 newsletter “Observing Revolution.” Email email@example.com to receive a hard and/or electronic copy of our newsletters.
Our freedoms and the health of our communities and ecosystems are under attack. Corporations, public officials, and the policies and practices set in place from their interdependent relationship are causing real physical and psychological harm to us and the places we live. To advance political education in the Granite State, the New Hampshire Community Rights Network (NHCRN) has compiled an in-depth pamphlet to explore a transformation of New Hampshire’s form of government.
Many residents of the state have the impression that New Hampshire, with its town meeting form of local governance, possesses an empowered form of “local democracy.” However, as the inhabitants of the state have discovered, when they do endeavor to locally curtail corporate projects, local democratic control has been stripped away by the combined efforts of the legislative body who adopt corporate-lobbied laws, and the courts that uphold them.
“Enough is enough! We cannot protect ourselves, the environment we are a part of, nor future generations if we do not understand how our forms of government work, why they were designed as they are, where they fall short, and what we can do differently to create and legalize the protections we envision in the places we live, work, and play,” says CELDF’s New Hampshire organizer Michelle Sanborn.
The forthcoming 50+ page pamphlet features historical and contemporary analysis, theory, and case studies. It will be distributed in New Hampshire and available for broader audiences. Contact NHCRN for more information: nhcommunityrights.org.