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Democracy School is here! Don’t miss it…

Democracy school graphicIt’s almost time for Democracy School!  We still have openings.  Come join us and learn to bring power back to the people!  June 7th and 8th, 2013.

The Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County Washington and the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) present Democracy School.  A two-day event to teach citizens to take back the power of direct democracy and community rights.

Fri. June 7  &  Sat. June 8th, 2013

Day 1 (Fri) 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm and Day 2 (Sat) 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Cost:  $150  (Sorry- all scholarships are spoken for and we are actively seeking donations to pay for scholarships)

Location: QUUF – 2333 San Juan Avenue, Port Townsend, WA 98368

Presenters at the School: Emelyn Lybarger & Kai Huschke (CELDF)

If you want to attend, contact either O’Neill or Mike-information and registration below .(includes their email addresses.) All 5 scholarships have been utilized and we are looking for more people with funds to help fund them.

HOPE YOU WILL AVAIL YOURSELF OF THIS OPPORTUNITY.

WHAT IS DEMOCRACY SCHOOL?banner_demoschool_05

The Daniel Pennock Democracy School is a stimulating and illuminating course that teaches citizens and activists how to reframe exhausting and often discouraging single issue work (such as opposing toxic dumps, quarries, factory farms, etc.) in a way that we can confront corporate control on a powerful single front: people’s constitutional rights.

Have you ever wondered why large corporations can overrule what people and communities want for themselves and their future? Or why you lose your civil rights when you walk across your employerʼs doorstep? Or how it is that your once beautiful land, clean well water, or pristine fishing area can be “permitted” to be destroyed by industrial pollution whether you like it or not?

Democracy School explores how it came to be that large corporations have more rights than American Citizens, cities and counties. It examines the way our constitution was reinterpreted and laws enacted to shift power from real people to “corporate persons”. The Democracy School explores why it is that big government now enforces the rights of big corporations to extract resources (natural and financial) of citizens and communities

  • Learn how communities in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Maine, Virginia, and Washington are using their municipal governments to drive economic and environmental justice and change.
  • Learn why corporations seemingly possess more rights than the communities in which they do business, and why communities lack the legal authority to say “no” to projects that they donʼt want.
  • Learn what prior movements of people in the United States have done when the legal system failed them
  • And most important:  Discuss the next steps for passing laws to expand protections for people, communities and nature.

If you would like to attend Democracy School on June 7th and 8th at the QUUF contact: O’Neill Louchard. Please send checks to:  O’Neill Louchard, P.O. Box 1628, Port Townsend, WA. 98368.  Note that checks are to be made out to “Community Rights Coalition”.

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CCRC General Assembly Meeting this Saturday!

salmon mt overlayThe General Assembly meetings of Jefferson County Community Rights Coalition – are open to all friends.  The next 3 General Assemblies are June 1st, June 15th, and June 29th 9:30 AM at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship hall –  2333 San Juan Avenue Port Townsend, WA

This Saturday, June 1, 2013 – 9:30 AM at the QUUF – hear updates on various projects including Chartering the County, Democracy School, webgroup update, Food Policy project of the Citizens for Local Food and several other CCRC supported projects!

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CRCC joins citizens across the peninsula to Just Say No! to Monsanto

montage MAM rallyMembers of the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County joined citizen activists from across the  Peninsula on the International day for Millions Against Monsanto.  We met in Port Angeles for a rally organized by GAG (GMO Awareness Group of the North Olympic Peninsula). 135 people turned out on a very busy intersection in Port Angeles.  We were met with lots of honks, thumbs up and waves from people in the area.  Thank you B. Goldie and all the wonderful people from GAG for organizing this amazing event.  Many helpful contacts were made. Here are some pictures of activist from that event.

Here is a link to 20 minute talk by Marianne Williamson that took place on May 25th in Venice, California.  She succinctly explains why we must stand up to multinational corporations at this time. She says we must use the tactics of the likes of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.  to stand up against the destruction of all life on Earth. She talks about the rise of multi-national corporations and the creation of GMO’s but also the rise of the community rights movement.   Please watch this important short video. Marianne Williamson on GMO’s, the rise of multi-national corporations war on the world and creating a non-violent movement to protect the Earth.

 

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Millions Against Monsanto Worldwide this Saturday! May 25th- Join us!

Millions-against-Monsanto signSaturday May 25th, Jefferson County people will be joining Clallam County folks in Port Angeles for a rally. The event is being planned worldwide – and is called “Millions Against Monsanto”. If you live in Jefferson County and need a ride…come to the Park and Ride near the Safeway Store in Port Townsend at 8:30 AM and join us. If you can offer a ride, show up. The rally in Port Angeles will take place at the corner triangle of E. Front Street and E. 1st Ave in Port Angeles. Convene in the McDonald’s parking lot. There are signs already made, or bring your own. This is a world-wide effort! You can read more about the world-wide effort here: Over 155 cities from around the world are participating. Wow!!! –
LINKS
https://www.facebook.com/events/135262089980846/?ref=22
http://occupy-monsanto.com

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Democracy School – Join us!

The Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County will be hosting a CELDF – Democracy School on June 7th and 8th.  CELDF or Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund through The Daniel Pennock Democracy School is a stimulating and illuminating course that teaches citizens and activists how to reframe exhausting and often discouraging single issue work (such as opposing toxic dumps, quarries, factory farms, etc.) in a way that we can confront corporate control on a powerful single front: people’s constitutional rights.

The Daniel Pennock Democracy Schools are a key piece of our community organizing.  Named for a boy in Pennsylvania who died after exposure to sewage sludge, the Democracy Schools are one to three-day intensive seminars that examine how communities across the U.S. are beginning to assert local control to protect the rights of their residents, their communities, and nature.

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Who we are

WHO WE ARE:

democracy hands with borderAs the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County, Washington, we have come together as a group that is leaderless, open, volunteer, non-violent and consensus based. We see ourselves as part of the entirety of our community of humans and of nature, both living and non-living.

We assert our intrinsic inalienable rights to engage in an open, transparent and participatory democratic process whereby we can assume the powers necessary to enforce the rights of the natural world including all humans.

Check out the “About US” tab on this website to read more about who we are and what our goals are. – http://communityrightsjeffersoncountywa.org/?page_id=30

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Website updates…more to come

Salish BeeHello Everyone.  We are working on our website so come back often in the next few weeks to check it out.  We promise it will be easy to navigate and will feature lots of news about our community and our efforts to create a sustainable future for us all…including the salmon, bees, humans, whales, eagles, elk and all the beauty of our Olympic Peninsula.

The Jefferson County Community Rights Coalition is getting organized.  We have lots of Activities planned for the near future including Democracy School planned for June 7th and 8th.   We are working on developing a Community Rights Ordinance that will include the rights of nature, people, sustainable agriculture, clean air and water and a future for our children, grandchildren and all the generations after us.  Come join us!

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