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Communities battle state preemption and corporate privilege to legalize sustainability

Communities battle state preemption and corporate privilege to legalize sustainability

“We are going to defend our property rights like any other property owner would. That means defending our rights under the state and federal constitutions.”   Those following the heroic efforts to stop the proposed Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline might attribute these words to any one of the more than 600 affected landowners along the […]

In This Passionate Anti-Fracking Town, Civil Disobedience Just Became Protected Civic Duty

In This Passionate Anti-Fracking Town, Civil Disobedience Just Became Protected Civic Duty

Published on Wednesday, May 04, 2016 by Common Dreams by Andrea Germanos, staff writer For one community attempting to stop fracking wastewater injection wells, civil disobedience just became a sanctioned civic right. The community is Grant Township, Pa., which, in November 2015, had fought off the Pennsylvania General Energy Company (PGE) and the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association […]

Maybe it is time to revoke our consent to be governed

Maybe it is time to revoke our consent to be governed

“Extending standing to the real party at risk of harm — the environment — would preserve “priceless bits of Americana” before they become “forever lost or are so transformed as to be reduced to the eventual rubble of our urban environment.” US Supreme Court Justice William Orville Douglas   During an especially heated primary debate […]

Community rights network seeks constitutional amendment asserting local self-government

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 […]

Community rights, the challenge ahead

Community rights, the challenge ahead

More than 160 ordinances banning unsustainable and harmful development have been adopted in communities around the US using the right of local self-government. Out of that number only 9 have been challenged. Five of those did not include a bill of rights like the Coos County initiative and the elected officials caved to pressure from […]

A Bill of Rights to secure a sustainable energy future for Coos County

A Bill of Rights to secure a sustainable energy future for Coos County

Petitioners of the citizen initiative to enact a local bill of rights received the official “Authorization to Circulate” from the Coos County Clerk, Wednesday. In order to qualify for the May 2015 ballot we must collect 1,521 valid signatures from voters registered in Coos County. In essence the ordinance declares that this is our community […]

Right to local self-governance

Right to local self-governance

“All governments in the United States owe their existence to the people of the community that those governments serve, and governments exist to secure and protect the rights of the people and those communities. Any system of government that becomes destructive of those ends is not legitimate, lawful, or constitutional.” Draft local ordinance Time and […]

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