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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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Local Self-Governance, Oregon, Pesticides, Preemption

Oregon: Lincoln County Community Rights argues Oregon laws that preempt local governments from regulating pesticides are unconstitutional

ARTICLE Published on October 19, 2017 7:58 AM “An Oregon circuit judge is considering a case that argues local voters have a “natural right” to ban aerial spraying in Lincoln County, despite state statutes to the contrary. Lincoln County voters approved an ordinance earlier this year banning aerial spraying. It […]

Endorsement, Local Self-Governance, New Hampshire, Preemption

New Hampshire – Opinion: Grassroots Nonprofit Supports State Constitutional Amendment to Guarantee Community Rights

October 13, 2017 Full Article here. Concord – Representative Ellen Read of Rockingham District 17, has introduced a State Constitutional amendment that would guarantee local communities the authority to protect the health, safety and welfare of individuals, communities and nature. The Community Rights amendment was drafted by New Hampshire Community Rights Network (NHCRN) […]

National News, Rights of Nature

Corporations Have Rights. Why Not Rivers?

In a September 26, 2017 NYT article by Julie Turkewitz: Does a river — or a plant, or a forest — have rights? … If a corporation has rights, the authors argue, so, too, should an ancient waterway that has sustained human life for as long as it has existed in the Western […]

Issues, National News, Pennsylvania, Pipelines, Uncategorized

Gas pipeline protesters turn up heat on FERC

From a September 21, 2017 article: Activists disrupted the federal agency’s first open meeting since January, saying regulators disregard environmental risks and facilitate land grabs by pipeline companies. “They shouldn’t pretend that the people in the community have a voice when they disregard their voices.” Malinda Clatterbuck Founder, Lancaster Against […]