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A Win for People’s Democratic Rights in the Ohio Supreme Court
For three years, Ohio government and the oil and gas industry have tried to quash Community Rights. This year, communities have come back stronger than ever, and with a win in the Ohio Supreme Court.
Rights of Nature – 2017 Symposium and Building a Movement
CELDF is leading the Rights of Nature movement, working with communities to change our trajectory and establish the sustainable communities so many envision.
CELDF: Forging a Movement for Rights
What began over twenty years ago as an effort to help communities enforce the nation’s environmental laws, has now fully evolved into a resistance movement focused on driving rights for local self-determination and nature into the highest levels of law.
From Waterville to Youngstown: A Tale of Two Ohio Cities Fighting to Protect Themselves
Waterville, OH, residents adopt a Community Bill of Rights Charter Amendment banning Spectra Energy’s pipeline and compressor station. Youngstown residents are a beacon, refusing to give up Community Rights no matter how much they are outspent.
Raising the Stakes in Grant Township, PA
The oil and gas industry in Pennsylvania threatens to criminalize elected officials protecting their communities from fracking activities. Grant Township Supervisors are undaunted and refuse to back down from stopping an injection well siting.
2016: A Year in Review
What an amazing year – from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New Hampshire, to Washington and Oregon, people are growing Community Rights and protecting their communities from corporate harms. Your support makes our work possible!
Oregon Secretary of State Forces State Amendment into Court
Communities work to advance their right to local community self-government through the Oregon Community Rights Network, submitting a petition for a state constitutional amendment protecting that right. The Oregon Secretary of State attempts to block them from continuing.
Tacoma Residents Refuse to Fold as Court Strikes Against Democracy
Tacomans refuse to surrender their rights as the court denies them access to initiative. Residents are working to protect their water – and their right to vote.
Ohioans Take a Stand for Rights
Undaunted by the courts, the state legislature, or the oil and gas industry, Ohioans understand the power to protect themselves is in We, the People, as they fight for their rights.
CELDF Celebrates 20 Years!
The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund turns 20 years old! What began as a mission to help communities fight permits has evolved into a Community Rights Movement for people and nature.