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“One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

  People balancing2Home Rule – an effort to bring back democracy to Jefferson County – OP ED published the Port Townsend Leader on July 3 – Written by Norm, Ellen and Val of the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County – Chartering workgroup.  Read on…

democracy hands with borderGREAT ARTICLE FOUND IN “YES” Magazine by Thomas Linszey of CELDF includes a template for how to write a Community Bill of Rights.
“A Bill of Rights for Occupied Communities” A bill of rights that protects the rights to people and nature, but removes them from corporations? Your community could be Thomas Linzey and Jeff Reifman  This Great Article provides a template for how to write a Community Bill of Rights –

salmon mt overlayA Community Rights Ordinance For South Puget Sound- Published in READ-THE-DIRT A resident of Thurston County, Washington gives her perspective on the logic of Community Rights Ordinances, the Washington State Community Rights Network, the national Community Rights Movement, and the deficiencies of existing legal structures. She speaks to her neighbors in the South Puget Sound region, however the questions she raises are not geographically limited.

Millions-against-Monsanto signFood Bills of Rights and Monsanto-Speech by: Paul Cienfuegos      Posted on: June 08, 2013  

READ THE DIRT – Editor’s Note: Paul Cienfuegos articulates the connection between the Community Rights Movement and the growing resistance to genetically modified foods. Cienfuegos gave this speech at the March Against Monsanto rally on Saturday, May 25th in Portland, Oregon, to a crowd of about 6000 people (police estimate). This is the text of the speech. To watch the speech, go to, and start at 25:30 on the video. For the article in READ THE DIRT:

seed harvest handIn Oregon Food Safety and sovereignty over Genetically modified crops leads to a Food Bill of Rights. GM Wheat Discovered in Oregon, Benton County Continues Work on Food Bill of Rights- READ THE DIRT EDITORS NOTE: Benton County, Oregon grows seed (including wheat) for national and international markets. That seed is being threatened by genetically modified organism (GMO) agriculture. Below we hear from a Benton County farmer about the ramifications of GMO agriculture and what the Benton County Community Rights Coalition is doing to elevate the community’s right to a sustainable food system, seed heritage, and the inalienable rights of nature over corporate “rights” and state preemption in their county. Read the full article:


OCCUPY.CCELDF LOGOOM: CELDF’s Thomas Linzey, Executive Director, writes about communities across the country practicing non-violent, civil disobedience through municipal law-making. These communities are challenging our legal system, stopping harmful corporate practices, and creating the sustainable communities they envision. It is the beginnings of a Community Rights movement. Read the article here:


LAFAYETTE, CO: This week, the Lafayette citizens’ group, East Boulder County United, will complete a signature gathering drive to qualify an initiative to the city ballot. The initiative would amend the City Charter by establishing a Community Bill of Rights that bans shale gas drilling and fracking as a violation of those rights. CELDF assisted the group to draft the charter amendment and conduct public education. Read more here:


we-the-people-not-them-the-corporationsSPOKANE, WA: In May, CELDF’s partner organization, Envision Spokane, qualified their Community Bill of Rights initiative for the November ballot. In an ongoing effort by corporate interests to keep the initiative off the ballot, on June 21 the County Commission sued Envision Spokane and the City of Spokane to keep the initiative from appearing before voters in November. CELDF is partnering with local counsel to fight the lawsuit and keep the initiative on the ballot. Read more here: and visit Envision Spokane?s site here:


ohio community rights networkOHIO COMMUNITY RIGHTS NETWORK: The Ohio CRN held its first meeting in June. CELDF has assisted in the launching of Community Rights Networks in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Washington State. These networks link together communities that we have organized in on Community Rights, and are laying the foundation to drive these rights to the state level. This fall, CELDF will officially launch the Ohio network, bringing together communities and activists from across the state.

ATHENS, OH: This week in Athens, OH, residents are submitting signatures to place a Community Rights initiative on the November ballot. CELDF worked with residents to draft the ordinance. The ordinance establishes Community Rights to clean air and water, the right to local self-governance, the rights of nature – and bans fracking as a violation of those rights. Read more about our work in Ohio here:

WeThePeople2_0FILM: Tree Media, producing films such as The 11th Hour and Urban Roots, is partnering with CELDF to make a film called We The People 2.0, about our grassroots organizing and community partners. The film trailer was released in March, and we need your help to complete the film!  Hear from the director, watch the trailer, and make a donation here:

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