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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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2017 Pacific Northwest/Hawaii Community Rights Update

2017 Pacific Northwest/Hawaii Community Rights Update: Kai Huschke, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund regional organizer. Topics include Coos County, Oregon’s Community Bill of Rights for a Sustainable Energy Future, Lincoln County Oregon’s Freedom from Aerial Sprayed Pesticides ordinance and the History of Community Rights Organizing in Kauai, Maui and Hawaii. […]

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Ohio Community Rights Network fights for local government rights

“Years before cleveland.com conceived its Western Reserve project to push for fair representation in northern Ohio, a grassroots group drafted its own declaration of self-governance to launch a fight for local control. “We have been stripped of the right to be able to participate in a basic piece of democracy […]

Article, Fracking, Home Rule, National News, Pennsylvania

How a Small Town Is Standing Up to Fracking: Grant Township, Pennsylvania, population 741, has became the front line of a radical new environmental movement – and they’re not backing down

“Who will fight back? To some extent, we have already seen the answer. It is rural communities, it is poor communities, it is communities of color, places like Standing Rock, and Flint, Michigan, and Grant Township, vulnerable communities that again and again find themselves on the front lines of the […]

Article, Fracking, Issues, Local News, Ohio, State News

2017 Ohio Community Rights Movement

“Marching doesn’t make change. Change happens locally at our own home” says Tish O’Dell, Ohio’s state Community Rights Movement coordinator during her update of the movement’s Ohio organizing. “Changing the system does.” Tish gives the following updates: Youngstown’s Fair and Free Elections Bill which limits corporate control of elections by […]

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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 […]