New Mexico

Mar 7, 2015

Community Rights Paper #1: The Spirit of ‘73 and the Right to Local Self-Government

Community Rights Paper #1: The Spirit of ‘73 and the Right to Local Self-Government

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Dec 10, 2014

Written Word, Spoken Word: Team Mora Kicks Judge Browning’s Bootie (In His Own Goddamned Courtroom)

Written Word, Spoken Word: Team Mora Kicks Judge Browning’s Bootie (In His Own Goddamned Courtroom)

Blogger Frances Madeson reveals Judge Browning’s pained granting of intervenor status to the Mora Land Grant and Jacobo Pacheco in the SWEPI lawsuit seeking to overturn Mora’s Community Bill of Rights banning all hydrocarbon extraction.

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Nov 29, 2014

Written Word, Spoken Word: 14,392 Reasons for Mora County to Stand Its Ground On the Anti-Fracking Ordinance

Written Word, Spoken Word: 14,392 Reasons for Mora County to Stand Its Ground On the Anti-Fracking Ordinance

Blogger Frances Madeson reveals the number of gas leases in Mora County, making their Community Bill of Rights banning fracking all the more urgent.

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Nov 13, 2014

Written Word, Spoken Word: SWEPI v. Mora County: The Purple Haze of U.S. Judge James Oren Browning

Written Word, Spoken Word: SWEPI v. Mora County: The Purple Haze of U.S. Judge James Oren Browning

Blogger Frances Madeson shares the surreal proceedings in the oral arguments of the SWEPI v. Mora County, NM, case. SWEPI is suing to overturn Mora County’s Community Water Rights and Local Self-Governance Ordinance.

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Jun 10, 2014

People to People Blog: Why Mora County New Mexico is Fighting Frackers for Your Rights, too

People to People Blog: Why Mora County New Mexico is Fighting Frackers for Your Rights, too

Global Exchange’s Kiara Collins explores Mora County, NM’s, fight for all communities’ rights.

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May 15, 2014

Mora County Legal Defense Fund

Mora County Legal Defense Fund

The Mora County Legal Defense Fund was formed to protect Mora’s Community Rights – including their right to clean air and water, a healthy environment, and local self-governance – as they face a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, which claims a constitutional right to frack against the will of the people of Mora.

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Mar 20, 2014

Statement of County Commissioner John Olivas, Chairman, Mora County, New Mexico Board of Commissioners

Statement of County Commissioner John Olivas, Chairman, Mora County, New Mexico Board of Commissioners

Mora County, NM, Commission Chairman John Olivas calls on communities across the U.S. to support the people of Mora County as they face corporate assaults to have their Community Bill of Rights Ordinance banning fracking overturned. Only through standing together, he says, can we recreate “we the people,” and begin to build the communities we envision.

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Dec 5, 2013

Local Officials Standing Up to Protect Their Communities from Fracking

Local Officials Standing Up to Protect Their Communities from Fracking

As Mora County, NM, and Lafayette, CO, face oil and gas industry challenges to their Community Bills of Rights banning fracking, we are re-posting an article from the Center for Effective Government on CELDF’s work in providing support to communities through Community Rights.

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Apr 29, 2013

Press Release: First County in U.S. Bans Oil and Gas Extraction

Press Release: First County in U.S. Bans Oil and Gas Extraction

Mora County, NM, adopts first-in-the-nation ban on oil and gas extraction, protecting residents and local ecosystems from fracking.

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Oct 30, 2012

Why do we need a local bill of rights?

Why do we need a local bill of rights?

Democracy School attendee Priscilla Stuckey on “Why do we need a local bill of rights?”

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Oct 2, 2012

View the trailer for “Rooted Lands – Tierras Arraigadas”

View the trailer for “Rooted Lands – Tierras Arraigadas”

Chronicling community rights organizing in New Mexico to protect residents and the land.

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Apr 15, 2012

CELDF Press Release: Las Vegas, New Mexico, Adopts Community Bill of Rights; Bans Corporations from Fracking for Shale Gas

CELDF Press Release: Las Vegas, New Mexico, Adopts Community Bill of Rights; Bans Corporations from Fracking for Shale Gas

In front of a standing-room only crowd of residents, by a vote of 3-1, the City Council, Las Vegas, New Mexico enacted the Las Vegas Community Water Rights and Local Self-Government Ordinance.

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Apr 3, 2012

KUNM: Las Vegas Passes Ban on Drilling

KUNM: Las Vegas Passes Ban on Drilling

Sidsel Overgaard of KUNM New Mexico’s Community Powered Public Radio reports on Las Vegas, New Mexico’s historic action to pass a Community Bill of Rights ordinance to protect their water and prohibit shale gas drilling and fracking.

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Apr 3, 2012

Las Vegas Optic: Anti-fracking law adopted

Las Vegas Optic: Anti-fracking law adopted

The Las Vegas, NM, City Council adopted a Community Bill of Rights ordinance establishing rights to clean water and to local self-government, banning fracking as a violation of those rights. Residents filled council chambers in support of the measure.

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Mar 29, 2012

Las Vegas Optic: Support for city’s ‘rights’ ordinance

Las Vegas Optic: Support for city’s ‘rights’ ordinance

Community members in Las Vegas, NM, urge support for their Las Vegas Community Bill of Rights and Local Self-Government Ordinance, which bans fracking.

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Sep 11, 2011

Our Inalienable Rights to Freedom

Our Inalienable Rights to Freedom

Mora County, NM, Faces Fracking.

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