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Our mission is to assist our state Community Rights Networks to educate people across the country on local, community self-governance and community rights; secure the inalienable rights of people, communities, and nature through local self-governance; assert community rights to empower and liberate communities from state preemption and corporate harm; and advance those efforts toward state and federal constitutional change.
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Learn more about why we are not allowed to govern ourselves, why corporations enjoy constitutional “rights”, and why it seems that corporations have more power to decide what goes on in our communities than the people who live there.
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The National Community Rights Network includes six state Community Rights Networks and numerous local and regional groups in each of those states. The States currently involved are Colorado, Oregon, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. Within each state there are numerous local and regional groups working to protect their communities from corporate harms. The State Networks have Boards of Officers and two representatives from each State Network are on the National Community Rights Board. Click a state to learn more!

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Extraction, Factory Farms, Fracking, Home Rule, Industrial Energy, National News, Pesticides, Pipelines, Rights of Nature

Rights of Nature: A New Paradigm for Environmental Protection with Mari Margil

Fundamental Change Unprecedented species extinction, ecosystem collapse, and climate change evidence the failure of mainstream environmentalism. A global movement is growing to advance fundamental change in the relationship between humankind and the natural world — by eliminating the key barriers to environmental protection and sustainability (including corporate “rights” and powers), and […]

Article, Industrial Energy, National News, Washington

Oil, coal train protesters in Spokane file federal lawsuit claiming climate change protections

UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2017, 3:13 P.M. By Kip Hill [email protected] (509) 459-5429 Self-proclaimed “Raging Grannies” and other protesters who were arrested last year for blocking rail traffic sued the federal government Tuesday, alleging violations of their constitutional right to a livable climate. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in […]

Article, Ohio, Preemption

Corporate State Attempts to Choke Off Citizens’ Initiatives

by  Tish O’Dell “Today, when the Ohio legislature tells us we cannot advance laws protecting our communities from fracking, police brutality, low wages, the proliferation of plastic bags and other harms – we must advance those laws anyway. Maybe HB 463 is the moment we’ve been waiting for. A wake-up […]

Article, National News, Preemption

The Destructive Power of Preemption: How It Will Be Used by Congress to Halt State Action on Climate

By John Upton [1] /  Climate Central [2] January 12, 2017 This article originally appeared on Climate Central [2]. The head of the city department that drafts many of San Francisco’s greenest rules and regulations uses one word to explain her greatest fear for the environment during Donald Trump’s presidency: “preemption.” If some of the deepest concerns […]

Fracking, Local News, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Township First To Legalize Civil Disobedience & ‘Bad Boy’ Tim DeChristopher Has Their Back

A bold move by a community Public Herald has been following for years – Grant Township – just made historic news [again] by legalizing civil disobedience. Last night [May 3], Grant Township in Indiana County, Pennsylvania made a bit of history.  The municipality passed a local law legalizing civil disobedience.  According to the new […]

Fracking, Local News, Ohio, Press Release

Ohio Court of Appeals Affirms Corporate “rights” and State Preemption Over Community Rights in Broadview Hts.

Ohio Court of Appeals Denies the People’s Right to Local Community Self-Government Affirms corporate “rights” and state preemption over community rights in Broadview Hts. March 8, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Tish O’Dell, Ohio Community Rights Network President, (OHCRN) [email protected] 404-838-5272 BROADVIEW HTS, OH: Last week, the eighth appellate court […]

Local News, New Hampshire, Press Release

Persistence pays off: The People of Barrington, NH, Vote in Community Rights at Town Meeting

The People of Barrington, NH, Vote in Community Rights at Town Meeting Mar 8, 2016 Residents subordinate corporate interests to Community Rights, ban unsustainable projects FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE http://celdf.org/2016/03/press-release-the-people-of-barrington-nh-vote-in-community-rights-at-town-meeting/ CONTACT: Michelle Sanborn 603-524-2468 [email protected] BARRINGTON, NH:  Tonight, residents at Town Meeting in Barrington, NH, voted  795 to 759 to adopt a […]

Endorsement, New Hampshire, State News

National Community Rights Network endorses proposed New Hampshire state constitutional amendment

  January 2016 Contact: Tom Groover, [email protected] | 303-709-3327 www.nationalcommunityrightsnetwork.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 5, 2016   National Community Rights Network endorses proposed New Hampshire state constitutional amendment            NHCRN Proposed State Constitutional Amendment Would Guarantee the Right of Local Community Self-Government   The National Community Rights Network […]

National News, Press Release

National Community Rights Network Finalizes 28th Amendment Proposal

Contact: Tom Groover, [email protected], 303-709-3327 www.nationalcommunityrightsnetwork.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 5, 2015 The 12 member Board of Directors of the National Community Rights Network (NCRN) met at Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby, CO in October for their annual meeting during which they approved a proposed 28th amendment to the US […]