From Rural America In These Times’ article on August 8, 2017: “In their seventh attempt to put an end to the environmental threats the oil and gas industry pose to their land, water and right to self-governance, a community rights group in Youngstown, Ohio, is attempting to amend their city’s […]
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Democracy at Risk We interviewed Michelle Sanborn, Community Environmental Defense Fund New Hampshire State Coordinator and New Hampshire Community Rights Network member. Michelle reports on the inception of the Right to Free and Fair Elections Community Bill of Rights campaign in her state. She describes the historic precedent of local, […]
From the July 11, 2017 article: MEDINA TWP. — The Medina County Board of Elections on Monday did not certify petitions with 6,494 signatures of registered voters supporting the placement of a county charter form of government on the Nov. 7 ballot. The board voted 3-to-1 against the initiative, citing advice […]
From an ECOWATCH article: An order of Catholic nuns and the grassroots coalition Lancaster Against Pipelines have built an open-air chapel in Columbia, Pennsylvania along the proposed route of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline to stall construction of the $3 billion project. The St. Louis-headquartered Adorers of the Blood of Christ […]
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. […]
“Supporters gave thanks to the many people who volunteered and campaigned so valiantly. Ban supporters say the vast amounts spent by corporate opponents failed to convince voters that profits are more important than health, safety, and the right to informed consent. Citizens for a Healthy Lincoln County said Lincoln County […]
“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 […]
“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 […]
“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 […]