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The Progressive: Across the U.S., Courts are Keeping Voter Initiatives Off Local Ballots
This is what it looks like when elected officials and courts block direct democracy – citizen initiative rights are stripped and communities’ health, safety, and welfare are disregarded.
Tell Me a Story: Michelle Holman, activist
Michelle Holman is a Community Rights activist in Lane County, OR, where she is fighting aerial-sprayed pesticides with residents and allies. Here, a short video story on her activism and why Community Rights.
The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) Tribunal on Human Rights, Fracking and Climate Change
CELDF is participating in the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on Human Rights, Fracking and Climate Change. Judges will be asked to consider Rights of Nature, and apply the standards of international human rights law. Join us!
Oxford Human Rights Hub: RightsUp #RightNow – When Human Rights Are Not Enough: Defending the Rights of Nature
Human rights to a healthy environment are gaining recognition – and today, the rights of nature are growing as well. Here, CELDF’s Mari Margil speaks to how recognizing ecosystem rights is central to tackling environmental degradation.
The Progressive: Poll: Voters Want Local Control, Not State Takeovers
State preemption is growing, community members across the U.S. disapprove, and no liberal or conservative political party is coming in to save the day. Instead, people are beginning to take matters into their own hands.
The Amazon Conservation Team: Breaking News: The Colombian Amazon Has the Same Rights as a Person
“Colombia’s Supreme Court issued a historic ruling combating climate change in Latin America.”
The Guardian: It’s only natural: the push to give rivers, mountains and forests legal rights
First initiated with CELDF in the U.S. in 2006, today our Rights of Nature is global. Here, its growing recognition in Australia to protect rivers and indigenous peoples.
The Register-Guard: Judge’s ruling on spraying initiative thwarts people’s will
A circuit court judge renders meaningless the right to citizen initiative in Lane County, OR. Here’s how, why, and a call for the people to change our legal structure.
Jefferson Public Radio: Oregonian Wins Award For Opposition To Pesticides
Carol Van Strum has dedicated her life to fighting pesticides. Here an interview with Van Strum and CELDF’s Kai Huschke on pesticides, Community Rights, and protecting our communities from corporate harms.
Daily Camera: Anti-fracking group’s attorney sends letter to Lafayette over possible legal action
Lafayette, CO, residents are unrelenting in their determination to protect their community from fracking harms. At City Council, they insist on enforcement of their Climate Bill of Rights and urge adoption of a non-violent direct action amendment.