Our mission is to establish a network of communities working to advance, secure and protect the inalienable rights of all Ohioans to democratic, local self governance, to sustainable food, energy and economic systems, and the rights of nature to exist and flourish throughout Ohio.

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Several communities in Ohio have successfully adopted Community Bills of Rights (CBORs) protecting community health, safety and welfare, by prohibiting harmful activities that would violate the rights of the community.

The work began in 2012, with CBORs passed in Yellow Springs and Broadview Heights leading the way. Oberlin passed their CBOR in 2013 and Athens passed in 2014. Several other communities in Ohio have attempted to pass CBOR to protect their communities, but due to industry and other pushback during the campaigns, were not successful on their first attempt. Bowling Green, Gates Mills, Youngstown, Niles and Kent residents have all asserted their right to local self government. Many are continuing to pursue initiating community rights in their respective communities to protect themselves and their community from fracking, injection of waste, pipelines, unsustainable energy systems and other corporate harms. Youngstown has attempted to pass their CBOR 5 times and will try again for a 6th attempt this fall.

OHCRN partners with CELDF to draft CBORs that establish Community Rights by accessing local law-making to empower the community as a whole, with protection for the health, safety and welfare of every resident and to secure protections for community economic and environmental resiliency.

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Recent News

Article, Ohio, State News

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, 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 […]

Article, Ohio, Preemption

Corporate State Attempts to Choke Off Citizens’ Initiatives

by  Tish O’Dell “Today, when the Ohio legislature tells us we cannot advance laws protecting our communities from fracking, police brutality, low wages, the proliferation of plastic bags and other harms – we must advance those laws anyway. Maybe HB 463 is the moment we’ve been waiting for. A wake-up […]

Fracking, Local News, Ohio, Press Release

Ohio Court of Appeals Affirms Corporate “rights” and State Preemption Over Community Rights in Broadview Hts.

Ohio Court of Appeals Denies the People’s Right to Local Community Self-Government Affirms corporate “rights” and state preemption over community rights in Broadview Hts. March 8, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Tish O’Dell, Ohio Community Rights Network President, (OHCRN) [email protected] 404-838-5272 BROADVIEW HTS, OH: Last week, the eighth appellate court […]

Endorsement, Fracking, Local News, Ohio

National Community Rights Network Endorses the Youngstown Community Bill of Rights Charter Amendment

Contact: Tom Groover, [email protected] / 303-709-3327 / www.nationalcommunityrightsnetwork.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 13, 2015 The National Community Rights Network (NCRN) Board of Directors has endorsed the Youngstown Community Bill of Rights Charter Amendment that will be on the November 3, 2015 ballot in Youngstown, Ohio. This charter amendment was written […]

Fracking, Ohio, Press Release

Ohio judge dismisses Broadview Heights lawsuit by residents

By Bob Downing Published: July 2, 2015 From a Thursday press release: BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, OH:  Yesterday – in time for the July 4th celebration of American Independence and democracy – the Cuyahoga County Court dismissed a class action lawsuit filed by residents of Broadview Heights to protect their inalienable right […]

Article, Fracking, Local News, Ohio

Green group’s unconventional fight against fracking

By Richard Valdmanis The residents of Grant Township, Pennsylvania, were worried about Little Mahoning Creek, a picturesque trout stream best fished in the spring when the water runs fast. The Pennsylvania General Energy Company had acquired a federal permit to drill an injection well down 7,000 feet about seven miles […]