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Press Release: Grant Township, PA, Sues Department of Environmental Protection for Rights Violations
Grant Township, PA, is being sued by their own Dept of Environmental Protection to force in a fracking wastewater injection well. CELDF filed a countersuit on behalf of the Township, asserting the DEP is violating the rights of the community and the Charter.
Press Release: Lincoln Co., OR: On Verge of First in Nation Citizen Initiative to Ban Aerial Spray Pesticides
A Community Bill of Rights by the people of Lincoln Co, OR, is just ahead at the polls. Residents are fighting for their democratic and environmental rights to protect themselves from toxic aerial spraying of pesticides.
Press Release: Colombia Constitutional Court Finds Atrato River Possesses Rights
Reversing course from mainstream views of nature as property, Colombia’s Constitutional Court finds the Atrato River is a rights-bearing entity – a necessary step to protect life on earth.
Blog: Whose Town is It?
Members of the New Hampshire legislature took advantage of a spring blizzard, attempting to undermine direct democracy.
Blog: The US Constitution Is So 1789. It’s Time for a Serious Overhaul.
The 1% drive for a constitutional convention, advancing their own corporate interests. But we don’t need a convention. We need a whole new constitution.
Press Release: Ohio Communities Assert Right to Propose Laws Protecting Themselves from Fracking
Ohio counties exercise their right to protect themselves from fracking activities using community rights. Residents begin gathering signatures for county charter initiatives, aiming for the November ballot.
Press Release: “Free and Fair Elections” Initiative Would Ban Corporate Dollars in Local Elections
Youngstown, OH, residents launch a free and fair election bill of rights initiative for the November ballot. The measure would allow only city residents to make campaign contributions, and caps the contribution amount.
Press Release: Oregon’s Right of Local Self-Government Vindicated
Oregon court protects the people’s right to initiative, rejecting the Secretary of State’s effort to block the people’s rights-based state constitutional amendment from the ballot.
PR: First Right to Climate Law Passes in Colorado
Lafayette, CO, is the first community in the state to adopt a right to climate ordinance, recognizing the right of residents to a healthy climate.
PR: India Court Declares “Personhood” of Glaciers and Ecosystems
The High Court of Uttarakhand at Naintal in northern India issues a ruling declaring that glaciers and ecosystems have the rights of persons.