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Media Release: Rights of Michindoh Aquifer Encounter First Hurdle
While efforts mount to stop Rights of Nature in Ohio, community groups press on, insisting on their right to protect the ecosystems upon which they depend.
Blog: The Federalists Betrayed the Revolution We Celebrate on July 4th
As we celebrate July 4th, let us remember that the ideal of the American Revolution have yet to be realized. There are communities today fighting for those democratic ideals. Let’s join them.
Press Release: Major Developments for Lake Erie Bill of Rights
Rights of Nature is hot in Ohio, where Toledoans take action to protect the Lake Erie Bill of Rights, another community advances an initiative to recognize the rights of a water ecosystem, legal cases continue, and more.
Toledo Residents’ Media Release: Citizens Recognize the Lake Erie Bill of Rights as the Will of the People
As the state of Ohio attempts to undermine the will of Toledo community members, residents file a pro se complaint to uphold the Lake Erie Bill of Rights.
Media Release: Anti-Rights of Nature Language Snuck into Ohio State Budget Bill
State of Ohio inserts anti-Rights of Nature language in the budget bill. In an era of climate crisis and growing efforts to advance ecosystem rights, Ohio government is on the wrong side of history.
Media Statement: Ohio Group Submits Signatures to Recognize Rights for Michindoh Aquifer
Community Rights and Rights of Nature continue to grow in Ohio as Williams County residents submit their citizen initiative to protect themselves from corporate water withdrawals.
Media Release: Tacoma, WA, Group Files First Amendment SCOTUS Petition to Protect Local Ballot Access
With CELDF-supported attorneys, Tacoma, WA, residents filed a 1st Amendment petition with the Supreme Court challenging continued denial of ballot access for qualified citizen initiatives.
Press Release: Multi-Prong Attack by State of Ohio Against Rights of Nature
Ohio Attorney General files complaint to overturn Lake Erie Bill of Rights on behalf of industry, arguing there is a right to pollute.
Blog: A Right to Survive is Born in Denver
Wealthy interests seeking to crush human rights in Denver, Colorado, out raised local supporters of the Denver “Right to Survive” initiative 23:1. This is the story of a fight for human rights that cannot be trampled by corporate hegemony.
Media Statement: The First State in U.S. History Has Mentioned Legal Rights of Nature
Today, the Ohio House adopts provisions to block communities and local governments from enforcing recognized legal rights for ecosystems.