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Scalawag: Progressive wins in Virginia are limited as long as “Dillon’s Rule” is on the books
Regardless of political gains by Democrats in Virginia, residents still do not have authority to govern themselves in their own communities. Here’s why – and what communities can do about it.
Media Statement: Settlement Announced with Oil and Gas Industry Seeking Monetary Award: Ban Against Injection Wells Continues
Following settlement of one of the lawsuits against Grant Township, PA, for daring to protect its water from a frack wastewater injection well, the township continues to stand up to the oil and gas industry.
High Country News: In Oregon, the fight for local control upends Western norms
Lincoln County residents continue their fight to protect themselves and ecosystems from aerial sprayed pesticides, and spark not only hope, but tangible strategies for advancing rights.
Press Release: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Attacks 4-Year-Old Community Water Protection Law
The people’s own Department of Environmental Protection in Pennsylvania sues Grant Township to overturn a democratically enacted Home Rule charter that includes a ban on fracking wastewater injection wells. This was their day in court.
Media Statement: Florida Democrats Adopt Rights of Nature in Party Platform
As Rights of Nature continues to gain traction, Florida Democrats incorporate this paradigm shift into their party platform.
Cleveland.com: Letter To The Editor: Talk to the people of Toledo about the increasingly poor health of Lake Erie
An Ohio resident makes clear that it is state government itself that is driving forward polluting Lake Erie. The state is even joining a lawsuit to overturn the Lake Erie Bill of Rights while permitting four factory farms.
Oregon Coast Today: A life of politics and peace
Meet Maria Sause, and her life and commitment to Community Rights in Lincoln County, where residents are fighting a recent court decision to overturn their rights-based ban on aerial pesticide spraying.
Media Statement: Constitutional Amendment Introduced in Pennsylvania
Community Rights advances to the state level as a Pennsylvania legislator introduces the “Local Self-Government Amendment,” elevating people and communities over corporations.
Media Release: Rights of Nature Constitutional Amendment Introduced in Sweden’s Parliament
A representative in Sweden’s Parliament introduces Rights of Nature legislation – the first time a European national government considers the rights of ecosystems.
The Indiana Gazette: Hellbenders have their day in court
Grant Township, Pennsylvania, argued for their environmental rights in court as they defend themselves against their own Department of Protection to stop a fracking injection well.