New Hampshire

Jun 10, 2021

Judge Rewards Corporation for Suing to Halt Implementation of Climate Ordinance, Orders Town to Pay Corporate Attorney Fees

Judge Rewards Corporation for Suing to Halt Implementation of Climate Ordinance, Orders Town to Pay Corporate Attorney Fees

As global carbon dioxide concentrations hit their highest level in 4 million years, a New Hampshire Judge has rewarded a local corporate actor in Nottingham for opposing a democratically adopted ordinance, the Freedom from Chemical Trespass Ordinance, that recognized a right of townspeople to a “climate system capable of sustaining human societies.”

Read More | Chemical Trespass, News, Press Release, Press Releases & Blogs

Apr 26, 2021

Financial Threats to Rights of Nature Lawmaking

Financial Threats to Rights of Nature Lawmaking

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Michelle SanbornCommunity Environmental Legal Defense FundCommunity Organizermichelle@celdf.org603-524-2468 Corporate ‘person’ uses constitutional rights law to justify attorney fees from the Town of Nottingham, targeting people’s use of direct democracy for climate action. NOTTINGHAM, NH: Corporate personhood “rights” are once again being weaponized to financially punish and intimidate a local community that took a… Read more »

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Feb 15, 2021

For All to See: Bias of New Hampshire Judiciary Exposed in Rights of Nature, Healthy Climate Proceedings

For All to See: Bias of New Hampshire Judiciary Exposed in Rights of Nature, Healthy Climate Proceedings

In 2019, Nottingham residents passed a Freedom from Chemical Trespass Ordinance securing the rights of ecosystems and of townspeople to a “climate system capable of sustaining human societies.” Now New Hampshire courts have sided with corporations who infringe on those rights, revealing a pattern of bias embedded within the New Hampshire judiciary.

Read More | News, Press Release, Press Releases & Blogs, Rights of Nature

Jan 18, 2021

Newsletter: New Hampshire Pamphlet

Newsletter: New Hampshire Pamphlet

To advance political education in the Granite State, the New Hampshire Community Rights Network (NHCRN) has compiled an in-depth pamphlet to explore a transformation of New Hampshire’s form of government.

Read More | Blog, Community Rights, News, Water Privitization

Dec 24, 2020

‘The Courts Are a Sham’: New Hampshire Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Rights of Nature, Healthy Climate Arguments

‘The Courts Are a Sham’: New Hampshire Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Rights of Nature, Healthy Climate Arguments

New Hampshire Supreme Court Refuses to hear arguments on Rights of Nature and the right to a Healthy Climate. Amidst ecological catastrophe, movements for a paradigm shift in law have made global gains in 2020. Granite State judges have chosen to reject a request for a people’s defense of a municipal Rights of Nature and healthy climate law.

Read More | Chemical Trespass, Community Rights, Democratic Rights, News, Press Releases & Blogs

Nov 10, 2020

Observing Revolution: New Hampshire

Observing Revolution: New Hampshire

Building statewide momentum across New Hampshire. A 2020 organizing update featured in our fall newsletter.

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Aug 26, 2020

New Hampshire Supreme Court Gives Group Chance to Defend Right to a Healthy Climate Law from Corporate Lawsuit

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.

Read More | Press Release, Press Releases & Blogs

Jun 29, 2020

Thom Hartmann Program: State Law Benefits Corporations Against You – You Lose

Thom Hartmann Program: State Law Benefits Corporations Against You – You Lose

Chad Nicholson joins Thom Hartmann to discuss how the 1% are effectively, suing the 99% for their own benefit, citing the findings of our June 2020 Report.

Read More | Corporate 'Rights', In The News

Jun 9, 2020

New Hampshire Supreme Court: Allow People to Defend Against Corporate Lawsuits

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.

Read More | Community Wires, Press Release, Press Releases & Blogs

Apr 22, 2020

Common Dreams: Abolish Earth Day

Common Dreams: Abolish Earth Day

For 50 years, environmentalists have celebrated the illusion that the law is on their side. Earth Day’s laws have systematically failed to guard against mass species die-offs, the climate crisis, deadly air pollution, the corporatization of freshwater, and the largest loss of biodiversity in human history.

Read More | Community Wires, In The News

Apr 20, 2020

50 Years of Earth Day –  What Are We Celebrating?

50 Years of Earth Day – What Are We Celebrating?

This year CELDF will be hosting an online Q&A with organizers who have been engaging communities across the country in paradigm-shifting work for decades.

Read More | Community Wires, Events, In The News

Mar 17, 2020

Community Stories: Claiming the Law

Community Stories: Claiming the Law

Bryan Twitchell shares a guest blog about the Wet’suwet’en First Nation’s ongoing resistance to the Coastal GasLink pipeline in British Columbia, Canada.

Read More | Blog, Community Wires, Press Releases & Blogs

Feb 5, 2020

VIDEO: ‘The Transformation from Reformist to Revolutionary’

VIDEO: ‘The Transformation from Reformist to Revolutionary’

This 6 minute short explains how, across numerous social issues—from housing, worker rights, environmental protection to gentrification—“the people in the community lack the legal authority to determine their own future, a basic tenet of democracy.”

Read More | Community Wires, Press Releases & Blogs, Resource Links

Sep 5, 2019

Concord Monitor: My Turn: The rights of nature

Concord Monitor: My Turn: The rights of nature

This New Hampshire resident urges continued recognition of nature’s rights to end the insane ravaging of Earth’s ecosystem.

Read More | Community Wires, In The News

Mar 25, 2019

Fosters.com: State reps block local rights effort

Fosters.com: State reps block local rights effort

The people of New Hampshire have the right to govern themselves and protect their communities from corporate harm – yet the state legislature blocks them from securing that right in the state constitution.

Read More | Community Wires, In The News

Mar 25, 2019

Media Release: New Hampshire Community Rights Amendment Hijacked by Party Politics

Media Release: New Hampshire Community Rights Amendment Hijacked by Party Politics

The New Hampshire Community Rights Amendment, CACR8, went before the state House of Representatives last week. It was blocked from advancing to a vote by New Hampshire citizens.

Read More | Community Wires, Press Releases & Blogs

Mar 13, 2019

Media Release: First Right to Climate Law Adopted in New Hampshire

Media Release: First Right to Climate Law Adopted in New Hampshire

Yesterday, Exeter, New Hampshire, residents adopted their Right to a Healthy Climate Ordinance at Town Meeting. This is the first right-based climate law in the state.

Read More | Community Wires, Press Releases & Blogs, Success Story

Jan 4, 2019

Press Release: New Hampshire Legislators to Consider Community Rights State Constitutional Amendment

Press Release: New Hampshire Legislators to Consider Community Rights State Constitutional Amendment

New Hampshire legislators consider the NH Community Rights state constitutional amendment, with bi-partisan support from ten co-sponsors.

Read More | Community Wires, Press Releases & Blogs, Success Story

Jan 2, 2019

Fosters.com: NH constitutional amendment for local self-governance backed by nonprofit

Fosters.com: NH constitutional amendment for local self-governance backed by nonprofit

In this LTE, New Hampshire resident and Community Rights advocate speaks to the NH Community Rights state constitutional amendment, proposed and supported by ten legislators.

Read More | Community Wires, In The News, Success Story

Nov 15, 2018

The Laconia Daily Sun: What’s the point of local government when we can’t decide?

The Laconia Daily Sun: What’s the point of local government when we can’t decide?

Despite being known for local democracy, New Hampshire residents are under siege by their own state government. The people are advancing a rights-based state constitutional amendment to change that.

Read More | Community Wires, In The News

Oct 11, 2018

Fosters.com: To the Editor: Where do NH’s candidates stand on local choice?

Fosters.com: To the Editor: Where do NH’s candidates stand on local choice?

Where do New Hampshire candidates stand on the right to local community self-government? Community Rights supporters ask this question as they advance their rights-based state constitutional amendment.

Read More | Community Wires, In The News

Aug 26, 2018

InDepthNH.org: Opinion: Northern Pass Appeal Ignores Wishes of NH People

InDepthNH.org: Opinion: Northern Pass Appeal Ignores Wishes of NH People

If you think regulatory agencies like New Hampshire’s Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) have your community’s interests at heart, think again. They exist to approve permits that meet legal requirements, regardless of communities’ wishes.

Read More | In The News

Jul 25, 2018

CELDF is Hiring! New Hamphire General Counsel

CELDF is Hiring! New Hamphire General Counsel

Join CELDF in this unique opportunity to advance the emerging Community Rights movement in the United States.

Read More | Community Wires, In The News

May 21, 2018

The Remarkable Advancement of the NH Community Rights State Constitutional Amendment

The Remarkable Advancement of the NH Community Rights State Constitutional Amendment

A landmark legislative session was held this winter in New Hampshire. It marked the first time a Community Rights state constitutional amendment was debated and voted on by a state House of Representatives.

Read More | Community Wires

May 7, 2018

Fosters.com: A rights-based ordinance for the Great Bay

Fosters.com: A rights-based ordinance for the Great Bay

Newmarket, Durham, and Newington, NH, residents are a part of the growing Community Rights movement building across the state as they work to protect the Lamprey Watershed from a number of corporate projects.

Read More | Community Wires, In The News

Mar 16, 2018

Press Release: Historic Vote on Community Rights State Constitutional Amendment in NH Legislature

Press Release: Historic Vote on Community Rights State Constitutional Amendment in NH Legislature

The New Hampshire legislature takes an historic vote on the first Community Rights state constitutional amendment considered by a state legislature.

Read More | Press Releases & Blogs, Success Story

Mar 1, 2018

The Laconia Daily Sun: Perhaps Northern Pass is falling to our fatigue, but my generation has had enough, we’re done; vote yes on CRBO in Ashland

The Laconia Daily Sun: Perhaps Northern Pass is falling to our fatigue, but my generation has had enough, we’re done; vote yes on CRBO in Ashland

This powerful letter-to-the-editor by an Ashland, NH, resident, is what builds a people’s movement.

Read More | Community Wires, In The News

Feb 23, 2018

Fosters.com: To the Editor: Let the people vote on CACR19

Fosters.com: To the Editor: Let the people vote on CACR19

With bi-partisan support, the New Hampshire House Municipal & County Government committee will vote how to recommend the Community Rights state constitutional amendment CACR19 to the full House next week.

Read More | Community Wires, In The News

Feb 19, 2018

Press Release: New Hampshire Community Rights Amendment Backed by Legislative Subcommittee

Press Release: New Hampshire Community Rights Amendment Backed by Legislative Subcommittee

The people’s Community Rights state constitutional amendment moves ahead with the support of a New Hampshire legislative subcommittee.

Read More | Community Wires, Press Releases & Blogs, Success Story

Feb 8, 2018

In These Times: The Community Rights Movement to the New Hampshire House: Let the People Decide What’s Best

In These Times: The Community Rights Movement to the New Hampshire House: Let the People Decide What’s Best

Taking steps to assert decision-making authority over their own communities, New Hampshire residents work with the CELDF and NHCRN to advance a rights-based state constitutional amendment.

Read More | Community Wires, In The News, Success Story

Feb 6, 2018

New Hampshire Public Radio: Local Governance Advocates Try Again To Amend State Constitution

New Hampshire Public Radio: Local Governance Advocates Try Again To Amend State Constitution

New Hampshire supporters of a community rights state constitutional amendment urge the legislative committee to advance the amendment to the House.

Read More | Community Wires, In The News

Feb 5, 2018

New Hampshire Public Radio:  Plymouth Is Latest To Try Blocking Big Energy Projects With Local Ordinance

New Hampshire Public Radio: Plymouth Is Latest To Try Blocking Big Energy Projects With Local Ordinance

Plymouth, NH, residents are among the growing numbers of New Hampshire communities using Community Rights to stop projects harmful to their health, safety, and welfare.

Read More | Community Wires, In The News, Success Story

Feb 1, 2018

Press Release: Plymouth, NH, Voters Adopt Community Rights Sustainable Energy Future Ordinance

Press Release: Plymouth, NH, Voters Adopt Community Rights Sustainable Energy Future Ordinance

Plymouth, NH, voters overwhelmingly adopt a rights-based ordinance banning unsustainable energy projects and protecting their right to a sustainable energy future. The measure bans the Northern Pass project.

Read More | Community Wires, Press Releases & Blogs, Success Story

Jan 31, 2018

New Hampshire Rep. Ellen Read on adopting a Community Rights state constitutional amendment

New Hampshire Rep. Ellen Read on adopting a Community Rights state constitutional amendment

As the New Hampshire Community Rights state constitutional amendment moves forward to a legislative committee, Representative Ellen Read voices her support for the amendment. Listen here.

Read More | Community Wires, In The News, Success Story

Jan 31, 2018

Union Leader: Plymouth residents take aim at Northern Pass with new ordinance

Union Leader: Plymouth residents take aim at Northern Pass with new ordinance

Facing a massive electrical power corridor cutting through New Hampshire, the people of Plymouth ban the project in their Town using Community Rights. Next step: a statewide amendment codifying Community Rights in the NH constitution.

Read More | Community Wires, In The News, Success Story

Jan 25, 2018

The Laconia Daily Sun: Let’s not wait for the Legislature’s permission to self-govern

The Laconia Daily Sun: Let’s not wait for the Legislature’s permission to self-govern

A former Selectperson from Ashland, NH, writes this LTE on the NH Community Rights state constitutional amendment. We are born with the inalienable right to local community self-government, and we must exercise that right.

Read More | Community Wires, In The News

Jan 23, 2018

Press Release: New Hampshire Community Rights Amendment  Advances to Public Committee Hearing

Press Release: New Hampshire Community Rights Amendment Advances to Public Committee Hearing

New Hampshire residents and the NHCRN advance a Community Rights state constitutional amendment to the legislative committee hearing.

Read More | Community Wires, Press Releases & Blogs, Success Story

Dec 21, 2017

Fosters.com: We the people shall rule

Fosters.com: We the people shall rule

People have always risen up to right the wrongs inflicted by the ruling elite. That time has come again, and the people of New Hampshire are using Community Rights to end harmful exploitation of our communities.

Read More | Community Wires, In The News

Nov 28, 2017

The Hartmann Report: What’s It Going to Take to Return to the Politics of Sanity?

The Hartmann Report: What’s It Going to Take to Return to the Politics of Sanity?

Radio host Thom Hartmann interviews NH representative Ellen Read and CELDF’s Michelle Sanborn on the NH Community Rights state constitutional amendment. The interview begins at 31 minutes.

Read More | Community Wires, In The News

Nov 20, 2017

Blog: A New Hampshire Resident & Legislator Exchange Words on Community Rights

Blog: A New Hampshire Resident & Legislator Exchange Words on Community Rights

A powerful exchange between a New Hampshire legislator and a New Hampshire resident on Community Rights.

Read More | Press Releases & Blogs

Nov 15, 2017

Seacoastonline.com: Amendment would recognize right to self-government

Seacoastonline.com: Amendment would recognize right to self-government

Residents urge New Hampshire legislators to place a Community Rights state constitutional amendment on the ballot for voters.

Read More | Community Wires, In The News

Nov 14, 2017

Press Release: As Part of Growing Community Rights Movement, New Hampshire Legislators Consider State Constitutional Amendment

Press Release: As Part of Growing Community Rights Movement, New Hampshire Legislators Consider State Constitutional Amendment

The NH Community Rights Network and residents successfully introduce a rights-based state constitutional amendment to the NH legislature with Representative Ellen Read as a sponsor.

Read More | Press Releases & Blogs, Success Story

Aug 9, 2017

Fosters.com: We must protect fair elections in NH

Fosters.com: We must protect fair elections in NH

The New Hampshire legislature is suppressing voters and refusing to protect the vote through a verification process. This resident calls for using community rights to change that.

Read More | Community Wires, In The News

Jun 29, 2017

The Laconia Daily Sun: Our rights are being claimed by corporations, with state’s backing

The Laconia Daily Sun: Our rights are being claimed by corporations, with state’s backing

Moving beyond protest, many New Hampshire communities are taking action to reclaim their democratic rights and protect their communities from harm by establishing Community Bills of Rights.

Read More | Community Wires, In The News

Jun 26, 2017

Great Bay: An Estuary in Peril

Great Bay: An Estuary in Peril

An hour long documentary revealing the threat of unsustainable development to the Great Bay and surrounding communities. CELDF’s Michelle Sanborn explores the systemic barriers we face to protect our communities, and how the NHCRN and CELDF are supporting communities to overcome them and realize sustainability.

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Jun 16, 2017

Fosters.com: Community Rights Ordinance saved Nottingham’s water

Fosters.com: Community Rights Ordinance saved Nottingham’s water

Our communities are threatened by unwanted development, and our democracy is in crisis. This is what we can do: join together and protect ourselves and the places we live using community rights.

Read More | Community Wires, In The News, Success Story

Dec 29, 2016

Yes! Magazine: As a Trump Administration Fast Approaches, Cities and Towns Gear Up for Political Resistance

Yes! Magazine: As a Trump Administration Fast Approaches, Cities and Towns Gear Up for Political Resistance

Community Bills of Rights are a tool to protect rights at the local level, such as Barnstead, NH’s prohibition on religious identification requirements, and Grant Township, PA’s, ban fracking activities to protect clean air and water.

Read More | Community Wires, In The News

Oct 7, 2016

The Laconia Daily Sun: A small number of corporations control our energy-delivery chain

The Laconia Daily Sun: A small number of corporations control our energy-delivery chain

What is sustainable? Purported “green” and “renewables” are anything but – particularly when they’re run by a small number of corporations. Truly sustainable means truly renewable, and it means the people affected by energy governing decisions are the ones who make them.

Read More | Community Wires, In The News