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.
The National Community Rights Network (NCRN) has emerged from local and state community rights groups as a vehicle to support, network and help promote local, county and statewide community rights actions: ordinances, initiatives, charter amendments, and state constitutional amendments. The NCRN has also drafted a Federal Amendment, Amendment XXVIII, protecting the right of local communities and states to adopt rights-based laws without being overturned by federal pre-emptive laws.
The NCRN began conversations in May 2014 and became a 501c3 organization with the seating of a Board of Directors on October 18, 2014. At this retreat in Seven Springs, PA, two representatives from the following state Community Rights Networks (CRNs) joined the Board: Colorado, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oregon and Washington.
At our first retreat we got to know each other and the work being done in our respective states. We discussed the purpose of the NCRN, elected officers and shared ideas and visions about the future work of NCRN as part of the Community Rights Movement. We discussed ways to share this new organization, the NCRN, with state CRNs and the public.
In 2015, we created an endorsement policy to recognize community’s and state’s rights-based initiatives and helped promote Community Bills of Rights in Youngstown OH and Barrington VT for the November general elections, as well as the proposed New Hampshire State Amendment.
We continued our Board work through conference calls and emails and gathered in Colorado in October of 2015 for our second annual retreat. At this retreat, we seated new officers, approved changes in the by-laws, read and signed the Darrell-Moore Declaration and created committees to address communication, education, finance and executive (legislative) issues.
In 2016, we have concentrated on expanding and refining our communications, including interviewing activists for YouTube videos, updating and streamlining our endorsement application process, and working on our website to better share and promote the work of the state CRNs and local groups working on rights-based initiatives as well as to be a resource for the general public.