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Press Release: Grant Township Moves to Dismiss PA DEP Lawsuit
Despite recognizing the Grant Townships local law to ban injection wells the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection continues to sue the township. CELDF files motion to dismiss on behalf of the community.
Democratic Party Must Not Water Down Rights of Nature
Some leaders within the growing Rights of Nature movement in the United States have offered perspective and the Democratic Party’s actions
New Hampshire Supreme Court Gives Group Chance to Defend Right to a Healthy Climate Law from Corporate Lawsuit
While local electeds refused to defend Nottingham’s Healthy Climate Law, the New Hampshire Supreme Court heard the people’s voice. Now residents are able to defend their rights and this historic law while the corporation cries discrimination.
Press Release: Toledo Residents Experiment With Civilian Rights of Nature Enforcement
Toledo, Ohio residents give oral arguments in Lake Erie Bill of Rights pro se lawsuit to advances one avenue for participatory Rights of Nature enforcement.
WANTED: Local Officials Willing to Fight the Corporate State to Protect People and the Environment During a Pandemic
The system is constructed to disempower communities, to the detriment of people and the planet. That is why we need to fight back and why we need local elected officials with courage to fight with us… not against us! A guest blog by Ohio organizer Tish O’Dell.
Guest Blog: The Prison-Industrial Complex & Immigration Detention
The United State’s system of racist mass incarceration serves to control the political wishes of the American people. The immigration detention and deportation pipeline denies political rights to people who live in the country, and expels them from the collective political community.
Virginia Network Launched to Challenge Corporatism and Dillon’s Rule, Advance Rights of Nature
The Network has been initiated by residents who worked to protect Buckingham County, Virginia from a proposed large-scale fracked gas compressor station for the now-defeated Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
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.