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State Networks

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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Article, Fracking, Home Rule, National News, Pennsylvania

How a Small Town Is Standing Up to Fracking: Grant Township, Pennsylvania, population 741, has became the front line of a radical new environmental movement – and they’re not backing down

“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 […]

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 […]

Extraction, Factory Farms, Fracking, Home Rule, Industrial Energy, National News, Pesticides, Pipelines, Rights of Nature

Rights of Nature: A New Paradigm for Environmental Protection with Mari Margil

Fundamental Change Unprecedented species extinction, ecosystem collapse, and climate change evidence the failure of mainstream environmentalism. A global movement is growing to advance fundamental change in the relationship between humankind and the natural world — by eliminating the key barriers to environmental protection and sustainability (including corporate “rights” and powers), and […]

Article, Industrial Energy, National News, Washington

Oil, coal train protesters in Spokane file federal lawsuit claiming climate change protections

UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2017, 3:13 P.M. By Kip Hill [email protected] (509) 459-5429 Self-proclaimed “Raging Grannies” and other protesters who were arrested last year for blocking rail traffic sued the federal government Tuesday, alleging violations of their constitutional right to a livable climate. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in […]

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 […]

Article, National News, Preemption

The Destructive Power of Preemption: How It Will Be Used by Congress to Halt State Action on Climate

By John Upton [1] /  Climate Central [2] January 12, 2017 This article originally appeared on Climate Central [2]. The head of the city department that drafts many of San Francisco’s greenest rules and regulations uses one word to explain her greatest fear for the environment during Donald Trump’s presidency: “preemption.” If some of the deepest concerns […]

Fracking, Local News, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Township First To Legalize Civil Disobedience & ‘Bad Boy’ Tim DeChristopher Has Their Back

A bold move by a community Public Herald has been following for years – Grant Township – just made historic news [again] by legalizing civil disobedience. Last night [May 3], Grant Township in Indiana County, Pennsylvania made a bit of history.  The municipality passed a local law legalizing civil disobedience.  According to the new […]