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Lawsuit: Columbus, OH Must Take Action to Preserve Direct Democracy During the Pandemic
Press Release: Petitioners in Columbus file a lawsuit against the state of Ohio for unconstitutional limits on signature gathering during the COVID-19 pandemic in Columbus. The Columbus city charter imposes a one year time limit on signature gathering.
Webinar: Expanding Rights-Based Organizing During a Crisis
A live Q&A with CELDF organizers on Expanding Rights-Based Organizing During a Crisis.
Corporate Actors Challenged in Lincoln County, OR: Ecosystem, Petitioners Defend Ordinance
Press Release: Petitioners in Lincoln County, OR filed a detailed appeal to a court decision that overturned a local law banning aerially sprayed pesticides as a violation of people’s right to clean air, water, and soil and natural ecosystems’ rights. The Siletz River ecosystem was denied intervention in the case.
Guest Blog: Time for a Universal Declaration on the Rights of Nature
Pella Thiel, Rights of Nature Sweden, calls for meaningful changes to our relationship with nature.
New Hampshire Supreme Court: Allow People to Defend Against Corporate Lawsuits
Nottingham, New Hampshire residents appeal Supreme Court to defend their Freedom from Chemical Trespass Ordinance. Adopted in 2019, this ordinance secures the right to a climate system capable of sustaining human societies, bans all corporate activities that infringe that right, and grants residents the right to defend the law in court.
CELDF REPORT: Corporations Are Suing Cities Across the USA
A new Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund report details a standard operating procedure of how corporate interests, and the politicians who serve them, retain power.
Stand With George Floyd: Life > Property
When violent police forces rooted in white supremacy defend property rather than human beings, then property destruction becomes a collective act of self-defense. CELDF stands in solidarity with protesters outraged by racial injustice and violence. #BlackLivesMatter
Press Release: Columbus Protecting Democracy During a Pandemic
Communities across the country are watching as their rights are violated in the name of Covid. Now more than ever we see people rising up to demand democracy.
GUEST BLOG: Making Corporate America Safe for Democracy
A critical look at labor equity in America is long overdue. The relationship between empoyer and employee should not be that of master and servant -corporations have created should employ freemen and freewomen.
A Closer Look: Exploring the Rights of Nature on June 3
A Live Q&A Session with CELDF organizers taking a Closer Look at the Rights of Nature.
Corporate America is on Offense, Local Communities Can Be Too
Government allies and corporate interests are treating the global pandemic as a business opportunity. Communities enduring this crisis are taking bold and necessary actions to exercise their powers of self-governance where governments are not functioning in the way people want or need.
Breaking: Rights of Nature Law Forces Pennsylvania to Revoke Industry Permit
PRESS RELEASE: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection enforces local Rights of Nature law. Allows Grant Township to protect vital waterways in revoking permit for dangerous frack waste injection well.