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Press Release: Colorado River v. State of Colorado: In a First-in-the-Nation Federal Lawsuit, River Seeks Recognition of its Legal Rights to Exist, Restoration
For the first time in the U.S., a river and its ecosystem file a federal lawsuit for recognition of rights to exist, flourish, and restoration. CELDF is serving as a legal advisor in the case.
Press Release: Bowling Green Residents Have More Right to Initiative than Youngstown Residents?
The Board of Elections denies Youngstown, OH, residents their inalienable right to vote on their own citizen initiatives. Residents are challenging the stripping of their rights.
Press Release: Ohio Residents Take Fight for Right to Vote to Ohio Supreme Court
Boards of Elections use new found authority to block citizen initiatives off the ballot in Athens and Medina Counties in Ohio. CELDF is assisting residents to fight back, taking it to the Ohio Supreme Court.
Press Release: Citizen Initiative Removes Corporations from Election Campaigns, Caps Campaign Contributions
Youngstown, OH, residents submit petitions to place a fair elections initiative on the November ballot. The measure includes removing corporations from campaigns.
Blog: Ceiling Preemption: A Weapon Against Democracy
State and federal governments use ceiling preemption to suppress rights. It’s time for communities to use floor preemption to stop harm and expand rights.
Press Release: Oregon River Stands Up for its Rights
The Siletz River watershed in Lincoln County, OR, files to intervene in a case to protect itself against aerially sprayed pesticides. The practice was banned by county residents in May.
Press Release: Court Dismisses Climate Lawsuit on Procedural Grounds; Constitutional Right to a Healthy Climate Ignored
A federal judge uses “standing” to dismiss Spokane residents’ lawsuit asserting a right to a healthy climate, ignoring the urgency of climate change and the people’s rights.
Press Release: Athens and Medina Boards of Elections Spark Uproar, Refuse the People’s Initiatives
Ohio county Boards of Elections block Home Rule charter citizen initiatives from the ballot, raising frustration in Athens and Medina County residents. The rights-based measures banned fracking activities as a violation of rights.
Press Release: Oil & Gas Corp. Sues Community, Goes After Lawyers
PGE corporation is attempting to force fracking wastewater into Grant Twp, PA. Now they seek sanctions against CELDF attorneys working on behalf of the community.
Press Release: People’s Right to a Healthy Climate Takes Center Stage in Federal Court
Spokane, WA, residents set to make their argument for a right to climate in federal court next week. CELDF filed a lawsuit on behalf of residents against the U.S. government in January.