Susie Beiersdorfer Contact
Susie is a teacher, geologist and tree planter who lives in Youngstown, Ohio. She grew up around and worked in the California oil and gas fields until the mid 1980’s. For the last 6 years, Susie, along with other members of Frackfree Mahoning Valley, have jumped through most of the hoops with “officials”, trying to expose both environmental pollution and corporate pollution caused by extreme unconventional extraction of fossil fuels. Now knowing that the governmental system is rigged to put corporate profit over the unalienable rights of people and nature, Susie is an outspoken advocate for Community Rights and represents Mahoning County for the Ohio Community Rights Network. Susie’s town, Youngstown, has had a Community Bill of Rights on the ballot 6 times and their motto remains, “We don’t lose until we quit.”
Tom Groover Contact
Dr. Tom Groover is Secretary of Colorado Community Rights Network Board of Directors and Board of Directors East Boulder County United. Under the threat of imminent fracking moratorium expiration, Tom planned and helped launch 2014’s COCRN-assisted Boulder County initiative to adopt a home rule charter including a Community Bill of Rights for Banning Fracking. 1,800 new fracking wells were planned for Boulder County neighborhoods. The political pressure exerted by this action contributed to further extension of the fracking moratorium. Dr. Groover is Director of Boulder’s Groover Chiropractic Clinic and lives with his wife and son in Superior, Colorado.
Doug Darrell Contact
Lisa Kochheiser Contact
Lisa learned about Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and using the Community Bill of Rights to oppose corporate harm at a conference she attended in April 2013. Soon afterward she realized that her community – Bowling Green, Ohio – could use Community Rights to prevent fracking which would eventually be used in Wood County to extract oil previously thought to be impossible to produce. She co-founded the group, Protect BG, to collect signatures and put the Bowling Green Community Bill of Rights Charter Amendment on the Nov. 2013 ballot. The group campaigned strongly through heavy opposition from a City-run counter campaign which included out-right lying and control of the media. Despite the concentrated effort of many dedicated volunteers and the group’s weekly public educational expert series the BG Charter Amendment did not pass at the polls. Two weeks later in Columbus Lisa joined other Community Rights leaders from Ohio for the signing of the Columbus Declaration and was seated as one of the first Board members of the Ohio Community Rights Network. In October 2014 she joined other Community Rights leaders from across the country in Pennsylvania for the formation of the National Community Right Network. She was seated on the first NCRN Board of Directors as a representative of the OHCRN.
Kara Scott Contact
Kara Scott first became involved with community rights organizing in the summer of 2009. She took the lead in her community by organizing the Bowmanstown Area Action Committee to oppose the siting of a trash transfer station. The effort energized and educated the community to the need for citizen involvement.
Kara continues to work tirelessly to promote a cohesive community, give her neighbors a voice in local government and advocate for the health, safety and welfare of the residents of Bowmanstown. She founded and is the president of Bowmanstown Area Residents Connected, a nonprofit group organized to empower the residents of Bowmanstown through increased community awareness, communication, and services. In 2011 she ran for public office and was elected to the Bowmanstown Borough Council, where she currently sits as president.
With the establishment of the Pennsylvania Community Rights Network (PACRN), Kara again became directly involved in organizing for the community rights movement. She serves on the board as president, and is also a board member representing Pennsylvania with the National Community Rights Network (NCRN).
Dana Allen Contact
Dana moved to Corvallis, Oregon in 1990, joining her father and multi-generations of her family. She began Rebel Farms in 1993 building a farm store, greenhouses and hydroponic systems specializing in salad greens, herbs, and edible flowers. Many soil crops, nuts, and fruits were also grown. With the encouragement of Alan Kapular of Peace Seeds, she learned about organic agriculture and seed gathering. The farm store, vending at farmers markets (and serving on the board), free tours for the local schools, and many organizations, Dana soon developed a deep web of connections and collaborations within the community and beyond. In 2008 Dana sold the farm and became dedicated to building and connecting her neighbors and the community at large around sharing and caring for the people and place we call home. She joined the steering committee at the founding of the Benton County Community Rights Coalition in early 2012 and became a chief petitioner for the ordinance that would secure a local, sustainable food system, protect the people’s right to seed sovereignty, GMOs being a violation of that right, assert the rights of natural communities that sustains all agriculture, and the people’s right to govern in the places where they live.