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Community rights fights state and federal preemption
One of the first things an elected official does upon taking office is to swear an oath to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution. Unfortunately for local communities and the environment, the Commerce Clause, which gives Congress the power “to regulate commerce with...
Don’t be complicit with a corrupt system
A principal goal of environmental regulatory agencies is to grant permits that enable corporations to legally pollute our air, water and even to destroy whole ecosystems. So it comes as no surprise that the FEIS (Final Environmental Impact Statement) released by the...
Community Rights Presents at the Pacific Green Party 2019 Fall Convention
Members of the Coos, Lincoln and Columbia county chapters of the ORCRN present before the Pacific Green Party 2019 Fall Convention in Coquille, Oregon. Mary Geddry, President of the ORCRN and Barbara Davis and Nancy Ward discuss why communities are using direct...
Rate of Change – Ken Ward
Climate activist and "Valve Turner" Ken Ward discusses his use of the "necessity defense" and its application for activists eager to stem climate change
Ohio Legislature Bans Rights of Nature Enforcement
“When peoples’ movements work to expand rights, we see legislative efforts to stop them,” says the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund’s (CELDF) organizer Tish O’Dell. “It is a pattern that has been repeated over and over. In recent years when LGBTQ+ marriage equality was gaining momentum, reactionary states began to ban it. Today, it is the Ohio legislature, desperate to stop another expansion of rights. This won’t work either. The Ohio legislature is on the wrong side of history – the Rights of Nature train has already left the station.”
Lake Erie Bill of Rights
Citizens Recognize the Lake Erie Bill of Rights as the Will of the People Jun 27, 2019 Citizens of Toledo, Ohio will be filing a Pro Se Complaint to validate the Lake Erie Bill of Rights at the Lucas County Courthouse, 10 a.m. As citizens of the City of Toledo,...
Lincoln County passes bill of rights for the Siletz Watershed
Tired of being told they can’t say NO to harmful aerial spraying of poisonous herbicides and pesticides the citizens of Lincoln County voted to grant the Siletz Watershed personhood. Since it”s adoption in 2017 no harmful aerial spraying has occured in Lincoln County
Grant Funding for Dignified Solutions
Coos Commons Protection Council (CCPC) is pleased to announce the Negley Flinn Charitable Foundation has provided $20,000 “to provide dignified services based on compassion, equity and respect to disenfranchised Coos County residents so that they may access individual and community services to meet their basic human needs so that they may live a healthier and more productive lives.”
We won’t stop Jordan Cove unless and until
Hope is a longing for a future condition over which you have no agency. It means you are essentially powerless. - Derrick Jensen In the 56 years since the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring one thing remains constant to this day. Our existing system of law...