CELDF Fast Fact Videos

These Fast Facts are quick introductions to big ideas and concepts tackled by the Community Rights Movement! Check out our Fast Facts and find resources to more information to further your knowledge on the topics! See also Common Sense – our primer publication on local self-governance.

Rights of Nature

What does it mean for Nature to have Rights?

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Community Rights

Community Rights work is a paradigm shift. It moves away from unsustainable practices that harm communities by moving towards local self-government. Community Rights include environmental, worker, and democratic rights as well as Rights of Nature.

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What’s the difference between floor and ceiling preemption? We take a look at “state interference with local democracy.”

Dillon’s Rule

The prevailing legal doctrine which states that municipalities only have the powers given to them explicitly by the state.

Box of Allowable Activism

How does a community lose it’s voice? See the four legal doctrines that keep us boxed in and prevent actual change from happening.


The Regulatory Fallacy

The permitting process, and the regulations supposedly enforced by regulatory agencies, are intended to create a sense of protection and objective oversight. By their very definition, regulatory agencies regulate the amount of harm that takes place. When they issue permits, they give cover to the applicant against liability to the community for the legalized harm.


Corporate constitutional Rights

Corporate claimed “rights” are defined as the legal notion that corporate property has at least some of the legal rights and responsibilities enjoyed by persons. Despite not being natural persons, the Supreme Court has quietly afforded several protections under the constitution to corporations over several decades. Learn more with our Fast Fact video below.


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