How can you get what you want in your community? Where can you learn more about “community rights organizing?” How is the Community Rights Movement growing? Find the answers here, in publications by CELDF. Some are free, some cost a low fee – click on the publication for more information.

We the People: Stories from the Community Rights Movement in the United States

by Thomas Linzey and Anneke Campbell, 2016

Purchase here! A revolutionary handbook portraying communities across the U.S. who have responded to environmentally destructive corporate projects by banning them locally. These are the inspiring voices of ordinary citizens and activists practicing a cutting-edge form of organizing developed by CELDF. Instead of fighting against what we don’t want, this is about creating, through local community self-government, what we do want.  Communities are refusing to cooperate with the unjust laws that favor corporate profit over local sustainability. They are leading the way forward. Across the country, they are working to drive their rights into state constitutions and, eventually, into the federal Constitution.

On_Comm_Civ_DisobedienceOn Community Civil Disobedience in the Name of Sustainability: The Community Rights Movement in the United States

Purchase here! Our existing system of law is aimed at constant growth, development, and extraction – and conventional environmental advocacy works around the edges of this system, rather than takes it on directly. Unsurprisingly, more than forty years after our major environmental laws were passed – from species loss, to toxins in the environment, to global warming – things have gotten worse. It’s time to change our activism to focus on changing the system itself, rather than continuing to work around it. This month, PM Press published CELDF’s White Paper – on how we are changing our activism – building a new people’s movement aimed at fundamental, systemic change. Order your copy here.

Peoples Right to LCSG_Grant TwpThe People’s Right to Local Community Self-Government: Grant Township v. Pennsylvania General Energy Company

Purchase here! This legal brief explains how the right of local, community self-government is not a new right, but one that is natural, inherent, and inalienable, belonging to the people. It is recognized in the history of the founding of this country – and yet our current legal system does not recognize that right or protect it. Instead, our legal system advances legal doctrines granting corporations “rights,” and state and federal preemption. This legal brief explains how and why such doctrines are incompatible with the people’s exercise of their right of local community self-government, and therefore, why those doctrines must give way to that right.

CommonSenseFrontPageCommon Sense – New Edition!

Trying to protect your community from fracking… pipelines… GMOs…or any number of other threats? Check out Common Sense, CELDF’s community rights organizing primer. Here we examine why we can’t get what we want as corporations and government work together to promote endless extraction and growth, and how community rights organizing is being leveraged by communities across the country to protect themselves and build the sustainable future they envision. Learn how to bring community rights to your community! (Note: the pdf is designed for 11X17 paper). Order copies of Common Sense from Stacey Schmader by emailing stacey@celdf.org.