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Community rights network seeks constitutional amendment asserting local self-government

“It is clear that the current legal structure allows corporations to treat our communities as property. We – the people – have become mere tenants of the corporations..."

Community rights network seeks constitutional amendment asserting local self-government

The Coos County Right to a Sustainable Energy Future Ordinance notes that the adoption of the ordinance will call for an amendment of the Oregon Constitulion and the federal constitution to confirm the existing right to local self-government free from governmental preemption and or nullification by corporate “rights.”

The Oregon Community Rights Network (ORCRN) has submitted a proposed constitutional amendment to the state’s Elections Division. The citizen’s initiative effort, which will be run by Oregonians for Community Rights, is aiming for the November 2016 ballot.

The constitutional amendment is titled “The Right to Local, Community Self-Government” and would codify into law the right to local, community self-government, enabling local governments to protect fundamental rights and prohibit corporate activities that violate those rights. It would secure the authority of communities to put in place stronger rights and protections than those recognized at the state, federal, or international level.

“A growing number of communities in Oregon are finding that, in the face of corporate exploitation, they don’t have the recognized authority to protect public health, safety and welfare, economic and environmental sustainability, property value, and overall quality of life”, said Eron King, board president of the Oregon Community Rights Network.

 Today corporations have more power to decide the future and fate of communities than the people in those communities. Corporations are legally protected and have greater “rights” over people, communities, and the environment that permits them to:

  • Grow GMOs
  • Build LNG pipelines
  • Spray toxic pesticides
  • Gentrify neighborhoods
  • Factory farm animals
  • Take private property for corporate use
  • Silence workers
  • Transport unwanted coal and oil
  • Maintain poverty wages


King continued by saying, “It is clear that the current legal structure allows corporations to treat our communities as property. We – the people – have become mere tenants of the corporations. It’s time we change that by changing our constitution to reflect that our right to local, community self-government is above corporate control.”

The text of the amendment may be found here OR Amendment – Final

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6 Responses to "Community rights network seeks constitutional amendment asserting local self-government"

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    Dragon  February 23, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    Here is the problem carefully defined:

    ” Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of State and corporate power.” – Benito Mussolini

    ” The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to the point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism – ownership of government by an individual, by a group or any controlling private power. ” – President Franklin Delano Roosevelt – on the threat to democracy by corporate power

    Fascism – A system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with belligerent nationalism.” – American Heritage Dictionary, 1983

    We have all of that now, so what Americans will to do next? You guesses it. Elect Jeb Bush and make it official!

    We could all move to Canada, but the corporations own that, too.

    Or we could pass “The Right to Local, Community Self-Government” amendment to the Oregon Constitution, and wrest local control away from the global corporations, and regain our self respect in the process.

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    Civics 101  February 23, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    prior comment was not completed; please do not post

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    Civics 101  February 23, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    The cause of healthy communities is harmed, not helped, when its advocates demonstrate such profound ignorance and/or stupidity as to forfeit all credibility.
    Here are some helpful facts:
    the United States is governed by a constiution shall be immune from preemption by
    international, federal, or state law


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